The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 152 new high risk cases of COVID-19 today, along with the loss of six members of our community. There have now been 604 lives lost in our region due to COVID-19. 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. From Friday to Tuesday, there were 508 high risk cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex.
There are now 396 active high risk cases in our region, with 58 confirmed cases in the hospital, including three in the ICU. Currently, there are 11 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes, five outbreaks in hospital units, and seven community outbreaks. Locally, 86.5 per cent of individuals aged five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 83.6 per cent have received two doses, and 51.4 per cent of residents over 12 have received their booster.
Across the province today, there were 1,073 new COVID-19 cases reported, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 1,218 cases, and over the weekend there were 4,669 cases. Since the pandemic began, Ontario has reported 1,224,534 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there are currently 1,662 people in the hospital across the province, with 203 patients in ICUs.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board will be sending a letter to the provincial government asking for more health measures in schools, including masking. Previously the local Acting Medical Officer of Health had also advised schools to implement a mask policy. Schools are currently facing challenges with high absence rates among teachers and educational workers. You can read more here.
My caucus colleagues and I have been calling on the provincial government since the beginning of the pandemic to do more to ensure our schools are safe for students, teachers, and education workers. We continue to call for smaller class sizes, better ventilation, reinstating COVID testing and tracing, and free N95 masks for all teachers and education workers. We know how important in-person learning is for the well-being of our kids, and we must do more to ensure we can safely keep schools open.
RETURN TO IN-PERSON CONVOCATION
The University of Windsor announced that the Spring 2022 convocation for graduating students will be held in person this year for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 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:
- 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]