The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 51 new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday in Windsor-Essex, there were 56 new cases, and on Tuesday, there were 44 new cases. Compared to other regions in the province, Toronto reported 116 new cases today, Peel Region reported 63 new cases, York Region reported 62 new cases, and Hamilton reported 46 new cases. Out of the 51 cases reported locally today, 13 are a result of close contact with a confirmed case, 9 are from community spread, 1 is outbreak related, 2 are travel related, and 26 cases remain under investigation. There are currently 324 active cases in our region, with 106 of those cases being variants of concern. There are 7 confirmed cases in the hospital, with all individuals receiving acute care. In our region, 77.9 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received one dose, and 70.3 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 531 new cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday, there were 485 cases, and on Tuesday, there were 348 cases.
The Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington will no longer be used as a mass vaccination clinic after Saturday, August 21st. County residents will be redirected to the Devonshire Mall mass vaccination clinic, pharmacies, or health care providers if they are seeking a vaccine. The Devonshire Mall (former Sears store) mass vaccination site will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily with walk-ins or appointments available. For those who are born in 2009 or earlier and are seeking a vaccine, please visit https://www.wechu.org/cv/clinics to learn more.
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR NON-PROFITS
Starting September 1, 2021, the Ontario Trillium Foundation will launch the Community Building Fund - Capital Stream for non-profits, Indigenous communities and Municipalities in the community sport and recreation sectors. This stream of funding will allow non-profits to apply for grants towards supporting the repair, renovation or retrofitting of existing sport and recreation facilities to address local community need or public health requirements identified through COVID-19. The application deadline is September 29, 2021 by 5:00PM. For more information about funding eligibility and opportunities, please click here: https://otf.ca/our-grants/community-building-fund/community-building-fund-capital-stream.
THE FIGHT FOR SAFE SCHOOLS CONTINUES
With less than three weeks before school starts, our caucus is continuing to call on the Premier to make vaccines mandatory for teachers and education workers. The health and safety of our children — including their mental health — has to be our top priority, and vaccines are a critical part of making sure this school year is safe, and in-person, without outbreaks and infection scares. We also continue to advocate for a Safe September plan for school reopening that includes capped class sizes; more mental health, educational assistants and counselling supports for students; a minimum and enforced standard for ventilation; and paid sick days and family care days for everyone — all necessary to lower the risk of outbreaks and more disruption.
FREE TOLLS FOR AMBASSADOR BRIDGE EXTENDED
The Ambassador Bridge will continue to temporarily offer free tolls for all passenger vehicles. For updates on how long this program will last, please visit https://www.ambassadorbridge.com/.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has cleared all nine beaches for swimming, which comes in time for a very hot weekend. Stay safe and cool if you’re heading to the beach!
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.