High Rates of Alcohol and Drug-related ED Visits – July 17– July 21

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location (where available)

July 24, 2019

Event description

(what is happening or who is affected)

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance system has identified 20 drug use-related ED visits between July 17th and 21st with an alert generated for Saturday July 19th.  The substances involved are unconfirmed. An alert is triggered when the count of ED visits exceeds the running average by two standard deviations or more over a specified period.  We are working with the hospital to determine the particular substances involved and will provide further updates as needed.


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WECHU (Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance Application - ACES)