The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 152 new high risk cases, along with the loss of member of the community today. Due to the changes in eligibility for testing and limited testing capacity, the rise of Omicron cases, and the shifted focus of case, contact, and outbreak management to high-risk settings, these case counts are an underestimate of the true numbers of individuals who have COVID-19 within Windsor-Essex County. The health unit defines high-risk cases as those coming from individuals who are eligible for PCR testing in accordance with Ontario's current testing guidance. Yesterday there were 45 cases, and on Sunday there were 85 cases.
There are now 382 active high risk cases in our community, along with 55 confirmed cases in the hospital, including three in the ICU. There are currently four hospital outbreaks, three community outbreaks, and 12 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.4 per cent of individuals five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 83.5 per cent have received two doses, and 51.2 per cent of residents 12 and over have received a booster.
Across the province today, there were 2,300 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 2,401 cases, and on Sunday there were 3,481 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 1,200,619 cases of COVID, and there are currently 1,366 people in the hospital, with 190 in ICUs.
ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
My caucus colleagues and I are again calling for the establishment of a Child and Youth Recovery Action plan to lessen the pandemic’s impacts on children and youth, especially those disproportionately affect by COVID-19. Specifically, we are calling for the creation of a Child and Youth Post-Pandemic Recovery Secretariat and Action Plan to ensure policies and programs supporting the well-being of children and youth are centered in the post-pandemic recovery. The impacts of this pandemic on kids' and young peoples' mental and emotional health and academic development have been profound. They have been disproportionately felt by young women and girls, Black and Indigenous youth, racialized youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, youth with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds. Experts warn that without a clear plan to mitigate the damages, there will be lasting consequences for the next generation socially and economically. We need a strategy to mitigate the damages of COVID-19 to this generation of young people.
RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS
Free rapid antigen tests continue to be available at select locations each week. Please remember to store your test kits out of the reach of children, as there have been reports of poisoning after accidental consumption. You can find participating grocery stores and pharmacies here.
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending that all adults and immunocompromised children between the ages of 12 and 17 get their first COVID-19 booster shot, which previously was considered discretionary. This new call comes as cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country. You can read more here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week:
- Thursday April 14 – Tecumseh Arena (Horwood Room) – 12021 McNorton St, Windsor – 9am to 3:45pm