COVID-19 Chronology

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic - and even before it was official - the WRH team has gone above and beyond to prevent the spread of infection and keep patients, staff and the community safe.

JANUARY 22, 2020 - WRH COVID-19 website launched to keep public informed after the coronavirus is first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province.  VISIT SITE

MARCH 4, 2020 - WRH President and CEO, David Musyj hosts a town hall along with Dr. Wajit Amhed, Medical Officer of Health, on internal and external COVID-19 preparations.

MARCH 7, 2020 - COVID-19 secure access website launched for staff. Includes regularly updated information about the hospital's COVID-19 Pandemic Plan and current situation. 

MARCH 11, 2020 - World Health Organization declares a global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

MARCH 13, 2020 - President and CEO David Musyj and VP Karen Riddell provide an update to WRH staff on the efforts to protect the public, patients, and staff from the potential transmission of COVID-19.  VIEW SPEAKING NOTES

MARCH 14, 2020 - Visitor restrictions are introduced in an effort to protect the public, patients, and our staff from the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus. READ MORE

MARCH 15, 2020 - Minister of Health asks Ontario Hospitals to take a planned approach to ramping down elective surgeries.  READ MORE

MARCH 15, 2020 - WRH staff encouraged to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. READ MORE

MARCH 16, 2020 - Assessment Centre opens at WRH Ouellette Campus with 200 patients in the first two days and more than 90 of them are tested/swabbed.  READ MORE

MARCH 17, 2020 - Entrances are limited at both campuses and active screening of all individuals entering WRH facilities begins.  READ MORE

MARCH 19, 2020 - In accordance with a Ministry of Health directive to Ontario hospitals, WRH and Erie Shores HealthCare begin a staged "ramping down" of non-urgent, elective/scheduled care and procedures, as well as ambulatory clinics.  READ MORE

MARCH 19, 2020 - Bedside Manor and hospital gym facilities close at both locations. 

MARCH 20, 2020 - First positive care of COVID-19 identified in Windsor-Essex. 

MARCH 20, 2020 - Visitor restrictions are introduced as part of an ongoing effort to restrict the potential spread of COVID-19.  READ MORE

MARCH 20, 2020 - Health Science libraries at both campuses close until further notice.

MARCH 20, 2020 - Ronald McDonald House closes to new visitors.

MARCH 23, 2020 - Cashier offices close at both campuses. Payments still accepted by phone, mail, or online.

MARCH 23, 2020 - Fracture clinic moves to a new, temporary location at the ARC Clinic at Tecumseh Rd. and Walker Rd.

MARCH 24, 2020 - Area nurses whose licenses have lapsed, or are registered in other Canadian provinces outside of Ontario or American jurisdictions, are encouraged to register for an expedited process to practice in local hospitals.  READ MORE

MARCH 26, 2020 - The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a hospitalized patient in Windsor-Essex announced.  READ MORE

MARCH 29, 2020 - To allow people, who want to isolate themselves from family members, the opportunity to secure temporary accommodations is offered thanks to the generous support of Farhi Holdings Inc. and the WFCU.

MARCH 31, 2020 - Facilities manager, John Faber highlights the work his team has been doing to adapting patient spaces into negative air pressure rooms to prevent the spread of infection. In total, they created some 40 additional isolation areas at both campuses and went from 27 negative pressure rooms to 58 in total using the isolation rooms.

MARCH 31, 2020 - In response to the increasing demand for information, WRH begins posting daily online updates including the number of current patients in the hospital with COVID-19.  READ MORE

APRIL 2, 2020 - WRH and St. Clair College reach an agreement to transform the school's SportsPlex into a field hospital for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  READ MORE

APRIL 6, 2020 - WRH introduces a process to help families connect to loved ones through FaceTime while they are in the hospital.  READ MORE

APRIL 8, 2020 - As a number of probable and positive COVID-19 patients in the hospital and to further reduce the opportunity for transmission of the virus, further visitor restrictions are introduced.  READ MORE

APRIL 18, 2020 - WRH opens the field hospital with the first patients arriving from Heron Terrace.  READ MORE

APRIL 20, 2020 - WRH Staff asked to consider volunteering to support operations at Long Term Care facilities by working in the homes while remaining WRH employees.

APRIL 22, 2020 - Province mandates mass testing in all long-term-care homes. A team with representatives from EMS, WRH, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Erie Shores HealthCare, and Public Health are performing approximately 700 swabs a day in these settings.

MAY 2, 2020 - Medical and municipal leaders discuss the next steps in the COVID-19 recovery during a Facebook Live Townhall.

MAY 7, 2020 - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care releases A MEASURED APPROACH TO PLANNING FOR SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Following this, each hospital began developing plans for a gradual and incremental implementation of carefully thought-out resumption of scheduled cases.  READ MORE

MAY 22, 2020 - WRH begins universal masking for staff. All staff, volunteers, and affiliates are now required to wear masks in public areas of the hospital or workspaces where others could be present.

MAY 24, 2020 - Premier encourages ALL Ontarians whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, to get tested if they wish.

MAY 26, 2020 - Windsor Regional Hospital is expanding the number of hours that our COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open to accommodate high volumes of individuals seeking a swab test for COVID-19.  READ MORE

MAY 26, 2020 - Mass swabbing of hospital staff begins. Of the 1300+ employees swabbed about 0.2% test positive.  READ MORE

MAY 29, 2020 - Mobile screening app launched for staff. Staff can now get prescreened before arriving at work to save time and paper.

MAY 29, 2020 - In response to low ED volumes, residents reminded that local EDs remain safe places for acute care services and are encouraged to seek Urgent and Emergency Care when needed.  READ MORE

MAY 30, 2020 - Amended visitor policy in effect allowing patients to have ONE essential visitor visit once per day in one specified time slot with some exceptions which are identified below.  READ MORE

JUNE 1, 2020 - Gradual and incremental resumption of surgeries and other services postponed because of COVID-19 begins.  READ MORE

JUNE 2, 2020 - University Researchers offer free counseling to all staff.  READ MORE

JUNE 4, 2020 - Hours reduced at the Assessment Centre due to lower evening volumes of people seeking a swab test.  READ MORE

JUNE 6, 2020 - Multi-partner plan for mass testing thousands of migrant workers and other vulnerable settings announced following the death of a second migrant worker.  READ MORE

JUNE 13, 2020 - WRH announces that the final patients have left the "field hospital" at St. Clair College and returned safely to their home at Heron Terrace.  READ MORE

JUNE 16, 2020 - Public's patience requested when it comes to the rescheduling of hundreds of surgical procedures that were postponed when capacity restrictions were put in place in March.  READ MORE

JUNE 19, 2020 - The death of a patient in the ICU marks the 23 COVID-19 related death at WRH and the first time since March 26, 2020, that there have been no confirmed COVID-19 patients at WRH.  READ MORE

JUNE 22, 2020 - Testing was extended in a pilot form to an "On-Farm" trial to test agri-food workers at a local volunteer Greenhouse operations.  READ MORE