The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 109 new high risk cases of COVID-19 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 152 cases, and from Friday to Tuesday there were 508 cases.
There are now 386 active infections in our region, with 58 people currently in the hospital, including two in the ICU. There are currently 12 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes, six hospital unit outbreaks, nine outbreaks in the community, and one workplace outbreak. Locally, 83.6 per cent of residents five and older are fully vaccinated, and 51.4 per cent of residents over 12 have received their booster.
Across the province today there were 5,038 cases reported, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 1,073 cases, and on Tuesday there were 1,218 cases. Since the pandemic began, Ontario has reported 1,229,572 cases of COVID-19, and there are currently 1,626 people in the hospital, including 207 in ICUs across the province.
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]