The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced 39 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, 11 are from close contact with another confirmed case, eight are considered community spread, and 20 are under investigation. To date, there have been 14,234 cases of the virus in our region, with 405 deaths, 17 confirmed cases currently in the hospital with five in the ICU, 13,436 cases listed as resolved, and 108,229 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Across the province today there were 3,295 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 3,215 cases, and on Tuesday there were 3,065 cases.
The local health unit is now booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for residents 50 and over living in an identified hot zone postal code area. The eligible postal codes start with N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, and N9Y. Residents will be required to show proof of residence before they can receive a vaccine, and can book either online at www.wevax.ca or call the health unit’s hotline at 226-773-2200.
Approximately 317,000 AstraZeneca vaccines procured through COVAX arrived in Canada today. Canada expects to receive approximately 1.6 million additional doses through COVAX by the end of June. You can read more here.
All four local school boards in our region will provide access to free, voluntary COVID-19 testing in-person for students, staff, and children at daycares. The next clinics to be offered will take place on Saturday April 10 at L’Essor Secondary School in Tecumseh for school communities in the N8N postal code. More information is available here.
Peel’s Medical Officer of Health shut down Amazon’s warehouse in Brampton after more than 900 workers were infected with COVID-19. The Ministry of Labour claimed to have inspected the facility 12 times, but it is clear whatever inspections the Ministry is doing aren’t protecting workers. We continue to call for the provincial government to bring in paid sick days, as well as a plan to vaccinate essential workers immediately, and bring testing on-site to make workplaces safe for workers.
The provincial government is providing $10 million to allow farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), enhance cleaning and disinfection, and redesign workstations to better protect workers. Under the new Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program, farms and agri-food businesses that hire three or more employees will be eligible for funding. Detailed program information and application forms will be available when the intake opens on April 22, 2021 and cover costs retroactive to March 13, 2021. You can read more here.
The local health unit has updated their website with a new possible exposure point. You can find the most up-to-date information here, including the dates and times of possible exposure.
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.