Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - August 16, 2021

Published on August 16, 2021

Good afternoon,                       

DAILY NUMBERS  

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 36 new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were 54 new cases, and on Saturday, there were 39 new cases. Out of the 129 cases reported today and over the weekend, 41 are a result of close contact with a confirmed case, 28 are from community spread, 2 are travel related, and 17 remain under investigation. There are currently 260 active cases in our region, with 92 of those cases being variants of concern. There are 6 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 5 individuals receiving acute care and 1 individual being in the ICU. In our region, 77.4 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received one dose, and 69.7 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 526 new cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 511 cases, and on Saturday, there were 578 cases.  

POP-UP VACCINE CLINIC

This week, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Community Response and Stabilization Team will be hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic for anyone aged 12 and over who needs a first or second dose. Appointments are not required, and the clinic will be at 33 Princess Street in Leamington from Wednesday-Friday from 2:00PM-8:00PM each day.

SAFE SCHOOLS

With the first day back to school quickly approaching, my colleagues and I in the Official Opposition continue to urge the Premier to implement a safe schools plan that includes classroom by classroom air quality inspections, mandatory vaccinations – and other measures to keep children safe. Despite promises from the government, the Toronto Star reports that 18 school boards said ventilation upgrades funded by the federal government would not be complete by September. Our caucus is calling for air quality tests in each Ontario classroom with results online for parents and school staff to see. We are also calling for reduced class sizes, mental health supports for students, and paid sick days and family care days for staff and parents in order to protect families and educations workers in the fourth wave.

MANDATORY VACCINES FOR ST. CLAIR COLLEGE

St. Clair College announced today that they will require mandatory vaccinations for staff, faculty, students, contractors and campus visitors. Staff and students are expected to have at least their first dose of the vaccine prior to the start of classes, which is September 7, 2021. They will be required to get their second dose within the required minimum time frame and provide proof once they have received the second dose. For students and staff who have a medical exemption or wish not to disclose their status, they will be required to undergo rapid testing twice a week. If a person receives a positive rapid test result, they will then require a PCR test to confirm the results and self-isolate at home until the results are confirmed.

Vaccines will be made available for St. Clair College staff and students at the following locations:

- PharmaSave Pharmacy across from Windsor Crossing the weeks of August 16th and 23rd. Appointments can be made through the St. Clair Health Centre.

- The Campus Health Centre starting the week of August 30. Vaccinations will take place Tuesdays at the Chatham Health Centre, and Wednesdays at the Main Campus Health Centre. Appointments can be made through the Health Centre.

- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be setting up a pop-up vaccine clinic at Main Campus on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

TRANSIT WINDSOR RESUMING FULL SERVICE  

Starting Sunday, September 5, Transit Windsor will resume full service on all city and country routes. They will also start service for Route 518X, a new limited-stop express route from Tecumseh Mall to St. Clair College via Devonshire Mall. To learn more about schedules and available service, please visit https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/transitwindsor/Pages/Transit-Windsor.aspx.

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.

-Percy