The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 49 new cases of COVID-19 today. Yesterday there were 44 cases, and on Wednesday there were 49 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 21 are from close contact with a previously confirmed case, eight are considered community spread, and 20 are under investigation. Our region has had a total of 15,434 cases and 414 deaths. There are currently 434 active cases, with 143 of those being variants of concern, 17 people in the hospital with three in the ICU, 14,586 cases listed as resolved, and 165,229 vaccines administered. Across the province today there were 3,887 new cases reported. Yesterday there were 3,871 cases, and on Wednesday there were 3,480 cases.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCAL VACCINE ROLLOUT
The local health unit is planning two pop-up vaccine clinics for residents and essential workers 18 years and older in the postal codes N9A and N9C on Monday May 3 from 9am to 4pm. The pop-up clinics will be walk-up only and residents will need to show a proof of address, work ID or paystub in order to receive a vaccine. Essential workers who can’t work from home and are working in these postal codes will also qualify. The local health unit expects to have about 1,000 doses between both sites and the exact locations will be shared on Monday by the health unit.
Our caucus has called on the provincial government to release the full Long-Term Care Commission report, and act on its findings urgently. For too long, our parents and grandparents have been stripped of their quality of life, their health, their dignity and even their safety and well-being in nursing homes. Years of neglect have let private long-term care corporations cut corners, keep staffing levels low, and pad their pockets with more profits as a result — all while hardworking PSWs and other staff were exploited, underpaid, and overworked. When COVID-19 threatened long-term care homes, the provincial government chose not to prepare, and chose not to act again and again. Nearly 4,000 people died, alone and in pain. Thousands more suffered while their families waited at home in anguish. It must stop now. The Government could address these issues immediately by staffing up long-term care homes with full-time, well-paid, well-trained caregivers. We are calling for a permanent wage boost of $5 an hour for PSWs over their pre-pandemic wages and mandate enough staff to guarantee at least 4.1 hours of hands-on care per resident per day. We are also urging the Government to work towards building small, modern, family-like homes; clearing the wait list by adding 50,000 beds; and establishing comprehensive inspections and a Seniors Advocate.
Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing will be offered for schools in LaSalle and Amherstburg. The testing will be available for in-person students, staff and children at day cares who are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but want to get tested. The testing clinic will run tomorrow at Sandwich Secondary School at 7050 Malden Rd in LaSalle. To see which schools qualify for the testing and when you can get a test based on your last name, please see here.
The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market will reopen tomorrow at 8am on Pelissier St and Maiden Lane. Organizers say a number of health and safety protocols will be implemented including physical distancing at entry and exit points, division of site and one-way traffic flow, hand wash stations, portable toilets, and masks and sanitizers at all entrances and exits. You can find more information on their website 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.