The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting a spike of 91 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 144 cases, Peel reported 102 cases, and York region reported 97 cases. Yesterday, our region saw 48 cases, and on Tuesday there were 37 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 17,834 cases and 439 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region. Of the new cases announced today, 13 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 14 are considered community spread, three are travel related, two are from outbreaks, and 59 are under investigation. There are now 446 active cases in our community, with 272 of those considered variant of concern cases. There are nine workplace outbreaks, one community outbreak, 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, and four people in the ICU. Locally, a total of 569,383 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 78.6 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received the first dose, and 71.4 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 678 cases of COVID-19 reported today. Yesterday there were 486 cases, and on Tuesday there were 639 cases.
LOCAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has updated their list of possible COVID-19 exposure points, along with the dates of potential exposure. You can find more information here.
The Vaccination Destination mobile vaccine clinic, a partnership between the local health unit and Transit Windsor, will be in Leamington tomorrow between 11am and 4pm at two locations in the N8H postal code area. For updates on the buses location, follow the health unit on Facebook and Twitter (@TheWECHU).
Erie Shores HealthCare and Essex-Windsor EMS will be holding mobile vaccination clinics across Essex County through the Community Response and Stabilization Team. The upcoming clinic locations include:
- August 28 @ Open Streets Kingsville from 4pm to 8pm
- September 4 @ Sunset Amphitheatre in Leamington from 6pm to 9pm
- September 18 @ Sunset Amphitheatre in Leamington from 6pm to 9pm
Anyone looking for a vaccine can find more information at www.wevax.ca
Last week in a new release, the provincial government noted that the province would begin offering third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to select vulnerable populations, including residents of high-risk congregate settings. This week, my office was informed that the local health unit is currently working with the hospital on plans for third doses and would have further communication soon. Today, Mayor Dilkens announced that residents of Huron Lodge long-term care home will be receiving their third shot of a COVID-19 vaccine starting September 7. The third shot will be available for any resident who has had at least five months between their last vaccination. You can read more here.
VACCINATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Dr. Ahmed, the local medical officer of health, announced that discussions are underway to implement some type of vaccine certification program for non-essential activities to help ensure that we prevent another shutdown. The president of the Association of Medical Officers of Health elaborated, saying that the province’s health units will implement their own vaccine certificate programs in September if the Ontario government doesn’t rollout a province-wide system. You can read more here.
My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the government to implement a vaccine certificate program to cover all non-essential activities. We can help stop the spread of the virus and help prevent more shutdowns, but we need to stop implementing half-measures. We need to protect people’s health and protect our progress against COVID-19. Folks who have done the right thing and gotten their shot deserve to dine, shop, and play without fear. Leaving each health unit or individual business to come up with their own vaccination certificate program is messy and chaotic.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.