Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - August 23, 2021

Published on August 23, 2021

Good afternoon,

DAILY NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 34 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto saw 97 cases, Peel saw 91 cases, Hamilton saw 64 cases and Middlesex-London saw 32 cases. Yesterday, our region reported 91 cases, and on Saturday there were 33 cases. There have now been 17,658 cases and 439 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced between Saturday and today, 49 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 30 are considered community spread, five are travel related, five are linked to outbreaks, and 69 are under investigation. There are seven workplace outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak in a long-term care home, and nine confirmed cases in the hospital. Locally, 566,449 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 78.3 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one shot, and 71 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses of the vaccine. Across the province today there were 639 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 722 cases, and on Saturday there were 689 cases. 

 

COVID-19 TESTING 

As mentioned on Friday, Windsor-Essex currently has the highest test positivity rate across the province, and as such, Windsor Regional Hospital is encouraging anyone experiencing symptoms to go get tested. To get tested, you can book an appointment by calling 519-973-4443 or visit www.wrh.on.ca/OnlineBooking 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is urging anyone who attended the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament, held at the Playground Global Facility (1313 Boundary Road, Oshawa), from August 3rd to 8th to get tested as soon as possible. Unfortunately, since a number of teams from across the province attended this event, this has resulted in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in multiple jurisdictions. 

 

POP-UP VACCINATION CLINICS 

There will be a pop-up vaccination clinic tomorrow for individuals aged 12-29 years old at New Beginnings, located at 1015 Highland Ave, Windsor. No appointment is required. Vaccines remain available at the mass vaccination site in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall. More information about vaccines is available here.

 

PSW TOP-UP PAY EXTENDED 

The provincial government announced they are extending the temporary wage increase for personal support workers until October 31, 2021. By refusing to invest the money in a permanent increase in PSW wages, the government continues to undermine the province’s long-term care system and is disrespecting these valued and important workers. PSWs are still on the frontlines of the pandemic, putting their own health at risk to care for our parents and grandparents, all while battling their own burnout. Instead of showing these workers that they are valued and permanently paying them a fair wage, the government is again choosing to do the bare minimum – choosing to extend a pay-top up that is both time-limited and not enough to raise notoriously low PSW wages. We need to make sure that PSWs in all sectors are recognized for the critical work they do. We are calling for PSW wages to be permanently increased by $5 per hour and turning precarious part-time and temporary PSW gigs into full-time careers. 

 

ONTARIO’S SCIENCE TABLE 

Dr. David Fisman, an epidemiologist at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, announced his resignation from Ontario’s Science Table today, noting grim fall projections and that he has “… been uncomfortable with the degree to which political considerations appear to be driving outputs from the table, or at least the degree to which these outputs are shared in a transparent matter with the public.” https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-covid-19-science-table-member-resigns-alleges-that-modelling-data-projects-a-grim-fall-1.5557510 

My caucus colleagues and I would like to thank Dr. Fisman and every member of the Science Table for the work they have done to keep Ontarians safe during the pandemic. These medical experts volunteer their time at significant personal cost to provide us with the most current information about the pandemic. In the past, the government has failed to listen to the Science Table, misrepresented their recommendations, and have repeatedly failed to act on their advice to protect Ontarians. With school only two weeks away, parents across the province are worried about rising case counts and what that means for their vulnerable children. While parents deserve information and clarity on any potential risks to their children’s health, the provincial government does not need to wait for new modelling to act. They can improve ventilation in schools. Lower class sizes, make vaccinations mandatory for all education and health care workers, and break down the barriers to vaccination by brining vaccines to every eligible Ontarian. 

 

MANDATORY VACCINES FOR CITY OF WINDSOR EMPLOYEES 

Mayor Dilkens announced that City Council has directed administration to craft a mandatory workplace vaccination policy for all city employees by September 7. Anyone who is unvaccinated will be required to submit to bi-weekly testing. City Council has also directed administration to work with Windsor Police and ENWIN to extend the policy to employees of city boards committees, and agencies. You can read more here.

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

  • Percy