The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 41 new cases of COVID-19 today. Yesterday there were 66 new cases and on Saturday there were 73 new cases. Of the new cases reported today, 18 are from close contact with another confirmed case, nine are considered community spread, and 14 are under investigation. Our region has recorded a total of 14,844 cases since the pandemic began and there have been 409 deaths. There are currently 457 active cases in our community, with 121 of those being variants of concern. There are 12 confirmed cases in the hospital, with eight in the ICU. 13,978 cases have been listed as resolved, and 131,981 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Across the province today there were 4,447 new cases, while the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 topped 2,200 and the number of people in ICUs topped 750. Yesterday there were 4,250 cases and on Saturday there were 4,362 cases.
FIGHTING FOR YOU IN THE LEGISLATURE
Today in the Legislature our caucus pushed a package of legislative changes, including public health measures, to help save Ontario from the worst of the third wave of the pandemic. We are seeing ICUs overrun. More people will get sick, and many will die if we don’t put powerful public health measures in place right away. We called for the Premier and his government to pass a motion that would give Ontarians paid sick days by passing Bill 239, give workers paid time off to get a vaccine, would cancel the extraordinary police powers completely, would shut down non-essential workplaces, and would give impacted local businesses and workers a new package of financial supports. Unfortunately, the Premier and his government voted down this motion. We will continue to fight and push for more protections and supports that help people through the pandemic.
A new initiative run by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched a complimentary taxi service program to help people who are unable to coordinate transportation to a vaccine appointment due to financial, physical, or other challenges. The taxi service will be provided by Vets Cab in Windsor and Sun Parlour Taxi in Leamington. Billing from the transportation partners will go directly to the Chamber of Commerce so riders won’t be expected to make any payments. You can read more here.
The provincial government announced that starting tomorrow the AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered to anyone aged 40 and over at pharmacies and primary care settings. You can read more here.
The local health unit will be changing COVID-19 testing protocols, in accordance with the provincial guidelines. Dr. Ahmed explained that, “all household members of symptomatic individuals are now required to quarantine until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test or an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider. If you are positive from a point of care testing by the public health unit, we will initiate a full case and contact management”. You can read the new official provincial guidelines here.
Art In The Park has been cancelled for a second year in a row, according to the Rotary Club. The event was cautiously being planned for June this year; however the most recent stay-at-home order and latest restrictions have forced the planning committee to cancel it.
Please stay diligent and continue following public health advice by staying at home, only going out for essential trips, wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart at all times when around others who live outside your household, and washing your hands frequently.