Windsor saw its 1st COVID case 4 years ago today. Where do things stand now? – CBC

Hospital pandemic planner says on-site lab testing helped dramatically

Mar 19, 2024

On this date in 2020 was the first case in Windsor, Ont., of COVID-19 was announced. It was a man in his 60s who had returned from a Caribbean cruise.

When it was reported, the health unit said that he was recovering at home with “mild symptoms.”

As we all know, the virus left a profound effect on everyone’s daily activities, and it’s claimed 813 lives in Windsor-Essex — with 14 of those in 2024 linked to the virus.

Now, when people talk about the pandemic it’s usually in the past tense.

But on the fourth anniversary of that first local case, we thought it was time to check back in on COVID, something most of us would like to forget about.

Erika Vitale is Windsor Regional Hospital’s (WRH) director of infection prevention and control, as well as pandemic planning.

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