The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 68 new cases today, while Toronto reported 121 cases, Peel reported 104 cases, and Hamilton reported 74 cases. Since the pandemic began, our region has reported 18,117 cases and 439 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced from Saturday until today, 47 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 19 are considered community spread, three are travel related, eight are linked to outbreaks, and 136 are under investigation. There are currently 518 active cases in our community, with 330 of those being variant of concern cases. There are 12 workplace outbreaks, three community outbreaks, and 12 confirmed cases in the hospital, with three of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 573,021 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 79 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 72 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 694 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 740 cases, and on Saturday there were 835 cases.
The local health unit will be hosting vaccine pop-up clinics this week at the following locations. No appointments required.
- Wednesday September 1 – 10am to 3pm on campus at St. Clair College
- Thursday September 2 – 10am to 3pm in the parking lot at University Ave and Bruce Ave
- Saturday September 4 – 6pm to 9pm at the Sunset Amphitheatre in Seacliff Park, Leamington
NEW COVID-19 MEDICAL CENTRE FOR YOUTH
Windsor Regional Hospital is opening the Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessment (PUMA) Clinic at the former site of the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Met Campus tomorrow which will provide urgent medical COVID-19 assessments of children 17 years of age and under. The purpose of the clinic is to handle a recent and expected continued surge in children and youth seeking medical attention amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The clinic will offer COVID-19 testing, urgent care medical assessments based on potential COVID-19 symptoms, and where appropriate, COVID-19 vaccinations. The clinic will be open from 12pm to 8pm, seven days a week, and bookings can be made at https://www.wrh.on.ca/OnlineBooking or you can call 519-973-4443. For more information, please see here.
COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS
The local health unit announced that they are discussing booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine for a very select segment of residents who are deemed vulnerable. The health unit has said that they have already started to contact individuals who would be eligible and developing a process for them to receive a booster shot. Dr. Ahmed has said that it is still too early to discuss third vaccine shots for people more broadly at this time. You can read more here.
INVESTMENT IN NURSING
An opened letter has been signed by more than 350 emergency room physicians in Ontario and sent to the provincial government to demand more substantial pay increases for nurses. The letter describes a bleak scenario in hospitals across the province, as nurses continue to leave the profession due to burnout, PTSD, and disrespect from the Ontario government. Even before the pandemic we were seeing hospitals struggling with staffing shortages after years of cuts and funding freezes. My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the provincial government to invest in recruitment, training, and retention of nurses to cope with this problem. Throughout the pandemic, nurses have been called heroes, only for the province to deny them things like adequate PPE, paid sick days, and automatic WSIB coverage when they catch COVID-19 at work. We need the provincial government to step up and develop a plan for nurses who do so much to protect and care for our loved ones. You can read a copy of the letter here.
KEEPING SENIORS CONNECTED
A partnership between Voices of the Nation and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Meals on Wheels is helping seniors who live alone stay connected with loved ones by providing them with tablets. Youth volunteers will distribute the tablets and help show the seniors how to use them. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.