Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - August 20, 2021

Published on August 20, 2021

Good afternoon,

DAILY NUMBERS  

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 69 new COVID-19 cases today along with the loss of a community member. Yesterday in Windsor-Essex, there were 51 new cases, and on Wednesday, there were 56 new cases. Compared to other regions in the province, Toronto reported 136 new cases today, Peel Region reported 113 new cases, York Region reported 63 new cases, and Hamilton reported 55 new cases. Out of the 69 cases reported locally today, 22 are a result of close contact with a confirmed case, 9 are from community spread, 2 are outbreak related, 1 is travel related, and 35 cases remain under investigation. There are currently 353 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, 78.0 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received one dose, and 70.5 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 650 new cases of COVID-19 reported, which is the highest case count reported since June 6, 2021. Yesterday, there were 531 cases, and on Wednesday, there were 485 cases. 

WINDSOR-ESSEX HAS HIGHEST CASE POSITIVITY RATE IN ONTARIO

Windsor-Essex has the highest case positivity rate over a seven day average at 5.1 per cent, meaning that our Health Unit has the highest percentage of positive tests in the province. Moreover, Dr. Ahmed noted in his weekly briefing that Windsor-Essex’s case rate per 100,000 people increased from 37.3 to 69.4 since last Thursday. Please continue to exercise caution and follow all public health guidelines to help curb the spread.

DR. AHMED ACCEPTS NEW ROLE AS ONTARIO ASSOCIATE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH

Dr. Ahmed, our Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, has announced that he will be moving into a new role starting October 1, 2021 as the Ontario Associate Medical Officer of Health. The Interim Acting Medical Officer of Health for WECHU will be Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the former Medical Officer of Health for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. Dr. Ahmed has led our community through extremely turbulent and difficult times with professionalism and expertise. I wish him all the best in his new role and thank him for all that he has done for our region!

US BORDER TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR ANOTHER 30 DAYS

The US Government announced today that they will extend the land border closure for all non-essential travel for another 30 days until at least September 21, 2021. To learn more, click here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/us-border-canada-closed-1.6147189.

 -Percy