The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 57 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of a community member who lived in a retirement home. There have now been 412 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. Yesterday, there were 72 new cases in our region, and on Tuesday there were 49 new cases. Of the new cases announced today, one is outbreak related, 22 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 10 are considered community spread, one is travel related outside of North America, and 23 are under investigation. Since the beginning of the pandemic our region has recorded, 15,022 cases. There are currently 478 active cases in our community, with 141 of those being variants of concern, 20 confirmed cases in the hospital, with three of those in the ICU, 14,132 cases listed as resolved, and 144,405 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Across the province today there were 3,682 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 4,212 cases, and on Tuesday there were 3,469 cases.
PROTECTING ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Unifor National President, Jerry Dias, is demanding pandemic pay and priority vaccine access for those who work in grocery stores and warehouses. We know that workplaces are major sites of transmission for this virus, and the new variants put workers at even greater risk during the third wave. The provincial government promised to vaccinate essential workers as a priority, but the vaccine rollout has continued to be sloppy, confusing, and has failed to reach those who we need to protect. Our caucus has been calling for essential workers to be included in the priority list for vaccines, for paid time off to get the vaccine, and for paid sick days to ensure that nobody has to choose between a paycheque and going to work when they are sick. We need to vaccinate essential workers now, before we see more workplace outbreaks and more lives lost.
An outbreak has been declared at Amherstburg Public School after two cases were confirmed within a school cohort. Those who were in close contact have been contacted and are following the directions of the local health unit. You can read more here.
The Community Building Fund has extended their deadline until May 5, 2021. The program, offered through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is a funding stream that provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions and events. You can learn more and apply here.
The federal government has said they are looking at options to tighten border controls further, and details would be coming soon. The concern comes in light of the rising number of COVID-19 variants being reported. Officials are reviewing the results of COVID tests at borders and gathering data from the provinces and territories to decide what measures they will enact. You can read more here.
The Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market will be starting again next month. It is scheduled to open on Saturday May 1 at 8am and will again take place on Pelissier Street and Maiden Lane. Safety measures for 2021 will include:
- Physical distancing measures at entry and exit points
- Division of site and one-way traffic flow in each direction
- Hand-wash stations, portable toilets, masks and sanitizers at all entrances/exits
- Patio services to be removed until such time as the health regulations allow for the congregation of market visitors
- All interactive features like Kids Corner and Chef’s Table to be moved to virtual experiences.
You can read more here.
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