Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - April 25, 2022

Published on April 25, 2022
Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 307 new high-risk COVID-19 cases since Friday. Of these cases, 170 were reported on Saturday, 82 were reported on Sunday, and 55 were reported 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.  

There are now 359 active high-risk cases in our region, with 58 confirmed cases in the hospital, and four in the ICU. There are currently eight community outbreaks, five hospital outbreaks, one workplace outbreak, and eleven outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.5 per cent of individuals aged five and over have received one dose of the vaccine, 83.7 per cent have received two doses, and 51.5 per cent of residents over the age of 12 have receive a booster. 

Across the province today, there were 2,028 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 4,098 cases, and on Saturday, there were 3,820 cases. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,244,186 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there are currently 1,455 confirmed cases in hospitals across the province, with 219 patients in the ICU. The province has a 15.3 percent test positivity rate, down from 18.7 percent this time last week.  

MEET AND GREET THIS SATURDAY  

This 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/298313525710506 or contact my Constituency Office at 519-251-5199 or [email protected]. I would love to see you there!  

IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH 

A group of researchers at the University of Windsor published a study that found that children reported more worry and struggles with mental health when the community experienced a spike of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. They found that measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 could be beneficial for children’s mental health both now and in the future. To learn more about the study, click here: https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/uwindsor-researchers-discover-children-s-mental-health-worsens-when-covid-19-cases-surge-1.5874701.  

Our caucus re-tabled a bill earlier this month to establish a Child and Youth Recovery Action plan to lessen the pandemic's impacts on children and youth, especially those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The bill would create a Child and Youth Post-Pandemic Recovery Secretariat and Action Plan to ensure policies and programs supporting the well-being of children and youth are centered in the post-pandemic recovery. We need a strategy to mitigate the damages of COVID-19 to this generation of young people, and we must centre the experiences of children and youth and ensure they benefit from all legislation related to the post-pandemic recovery.  

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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use 

VACCINES 

There will be pop-up vaccination clinics at the following locations this week: 

- Wednesday, April 27 – LaSalle Civic Centre Pop-Up Clinic - 5950 Malden Rd, LaSalle - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 

-Friday, April 29 – University of Windsor Education Building, Gym Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic -  401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm  

- Friday, April 29 - CMHA Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic - 1400 Windsor Avenue, Windsor - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 

- Percy