Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - April 14, 2022

Published on April 14, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

Please note that my office will be closed from Friday April 15 and reopening on Tuesday April 19 due to the Easter long weekend.

 

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 121 new high risk cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex 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 131 cases, and on Tuesday there were 152 cases.

There are now 362 active high risk cases of COVID-19 in the area, with 57 confirmed cases in the hospital, and two in the ICU. There are currently six community outbreaks, four hospital outbreaks, and 14 outbreaks in long-term care homes/retirement homes. Locally, 86.5 per cent of individuals five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 83.6 per cent have received two doses, and 51.2 per cent of residents 12 and over have received their booster shot.

Across the province today, 4,589 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 3,833 cases, and on Tuesday there were 2,300 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 1,209,041 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and there are currently 1,392 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals across the province, including 177 in ICUs.

 

UPDATE FROM COVID-19 SCIENCE ADVISORY TABLE

The province’s science advisory table released a new report today saying that while numbers seem to be plateauing in Ontario, the impact of the long weekend remains to be seen and it is too early to tell if cases have fully peaked. They have warned that due to virus-relate infections among health-care workers, which are as high as they were during the Omicron wave, and increasing hospitalization numbers, there may be an impact on health-care capacity. You can read the new report here.

Today, Windsor Regional Hospital released a statement cautioning the public about intensifying capacity pressures across the acute care system in Windsor-Essex.  According to the release, there are bed capacity concerns amid not only rising COVID-19 cases, but also a recent surge in respiratory ailments. As such, patients should expect that wait times and treatment for any ailments other than emergencies will be much longer than usual. You can read that new release here.

 

UPDATE FROM THE LOCAL HEALTH UNIT

Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nesathurai, is calling on the province to reintroduce masking mandates across the province for a limited time, as our region has seen a 22.7 per cent increase in high risk cases over the last week. He is also advising local school boards to implement a masking again in schools, saying that school boards have the discretion to implement a policy. You can read more here.

 

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.

 

VACCINES

Health Canada has approved the Evusheld, AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 prevention drug for people who are immunocompromised, for use in individuals aged 12 an older, or those for whom a vaccination is not an option. Evusheld contains lab-made antibodies which are designed to linger in the body for months to contain the virus in case of infection. You can read more here.

 

LOCAL EVENTS

There will be a free community Easter event this Saturday April 16 at Jackson Park featuring an Easter egg hunt, food, face painting, and arts and crafts. The event will be held between 12pm and 2pm near the Dougall Ave entrance. You can read more here.

 

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