The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 508 new high risk cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. 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.
There are now 333 active high risk cases in the area, with 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the hospital, and three in the ICU. There are currently six community outbreaks, five hospital outbreaks, and 14 outbreaks in long-term care/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 51.3 per cent of residents over the age of 12 have received their booster.
Across the province today there were 1,218 new COVID-19 cases, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. There were 4,669 lab-confirmed cases reported from Saturday to Monday. Since the pandemic began, Ontario has reported 1,223,461 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there are currently 1,486 people with COVID in hospitals across the province, including 206 in ICUs.
LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED UNTIL APRIL 28
Last week, the provincial government adjourned the Legislature until April 28, when it will be called back to introduce the 2022 Budget, just days before the provincial election is called. Ontarians still have concerns during Ontario’s sixth wave of the pandemic, and now is not the time for the government to shut down Queen’s Park. We need action to fix our dramatically understaffed hospitals, long-term care homes, and ensure the safety of our kids. Ontarians are paying skyrocketing prices for essentials with no end in sight. Workers who can’t afford to stay home when sick need paid sick days. Drivers who are paying the highest prices for gasoline and auto insurance need relief. Renters and young families who are paying more and more of their income on rent, need affordable homes. There is still so much that needs to be done, and the government should be focused on answers and solutions for the people.
TRAVEL MASK MANDATES
The federal government has said they will continue to require masks be worn for air and train passengers in Canada, after a federal judge in the United States struck down a requirement for masking by the American President’s administration. Canada’s Transport Minister said that the Canadian federal government will continue to base its decisions on science and data. 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.
There will be pop-up vaccination clinics at the following locations this week:
- Wednesday April 20 – Salvation Army – 355 Church St, Windsor – 9am to 3:30pm
- Friday April 22 – Adie Knox – 1551 Wyandotte St W, Windsor – 9am to 2:30pm
- Friday April 22 – Windsor Water World – 400 Wyandotte St E, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Friday April 22 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 1pm to 4pm
MEET AND GREET
On Saturday April 30 at 6pm, constituents are invited to join me for a meet and greet at the Riverside Sportsmen Club. Light finger foods and refreshments will be served. You can reserve your spot through the event page on Facebook here or contact my Constituency Office at 519-251-5199 or [email protected]