Good afternoon everyone,
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of these 39 new cases, 5 are related to outbreaks, 10 are from close contact with a confirmed case, 1 is community spread, and 23 remain under investigation. We lost another member of the Windsor-Essex community today. There are 296 active cases in our community and 35 cases in the hospital with 8 cases in the ICU. The total number of cases in our region is now 13,338 cases with 12,646 resolved cases. The Province recorded 1,371 new cases today, with 1,092 cases reported yesterday and 1,316 cases reported on Wednesday.
Windsor-Essex will remain in the Red-Control zone, as our case count did not meet the criteria to move into the Orange-Restrict zone. A case rate of 25 to 39.9 per 100,000 people is needed to move into the Orange - Restrict zone, and our case rate is currently 54.8 per 100,000 people. You can read more here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-essex-covid19-march12-1.5947025.
The Health Unit has identified a new potential spot of COVID-19 public exposure. To view the updated list, please click here.
Windsor Regional Hospital is closing their Metropolitan Campus Assessment Centre after the last scheduled test on Friday, March 12, 2021. Individuals who had appointments at the Met Campus will have their appointments rescheduled at the Ouellette Campus Assessment Centre. The hours at the Ouellette Assessment Centre will remain the same from 8am to 7pm seven days a week. The Ouellette Campus has the capacity to book 500 appointments a day, and currently, there have been approximately 400 appointments being booked per day. The closure of the Met Campus Assessment Centre will allow for staff resources to be allocated towards the vaccine rollout. To book an appointment for testing, please click here: https://www.wrh.on.ca/OnlineBooking.
Ontario residents between the ages of 60 and 64 are now eligible to get vaccinated in Windsor-Essex area pharmacies. If you fall within this age group, you can find a participating pharmacy at this link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations. The pilot program was launched in Windsor-Essex, Kingston, and Toronto, but the Health Unit has said that people don't need to be living in those areas to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, click here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/ontario-pharmacy-live-outside-region-1.5946563.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please continue to follow public health advice by staying 2 metres apart from members outside of your household and wearing a mask when you’re unable to do so, washing your hands, and only going out for essential trips.