The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 62 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 120, Peel reported 60, Hamilton reported 42, and Middlesex-London reported 19. Yesterday, our region had 68 cases, and on Sunday there were 88 cases. Since the pandemic began, our region has recorded 18,179 cases and 439 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the confirmed cases announced today, 16 are from close contact with another confirmed case, five are considered community spread, two are outbreak related, and 39 are under investigation. There are currently 527 active cases in the community, with 301 of those being variant of concern cases. There are 13 workplace outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and 13 confirmed cases in the hospital with four of those in the ICU. Locally, there have been 574,040 doses of the vaccine administered, with 79.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 72.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 525 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 694 cases, and on Sunday there were 740 cases.
The local health unit will be hosting vaccine pop-up clinics this week at the following locations. No appointments are 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
Additional COVID-19 cases have been linked to a basketball tournament held in Oshawa between August 13 and 15 at the Playground Global Facility (1313 Boundary Rd). Unfortunately, since several teams from across the province attended the event, it has resulted in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in multiple jurisdictions. Anyone who attended the event and is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
VACCINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce said they will welcome a COVID-19 certification program and have stressed the need to have one common system in place across the province to help avoid another lockdown for businesses. My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the Premier and his government to listen to the experts, and implement a vaccine certificate program that will protect small businesses from further financial devastation in the event of another lockdown. We need decisive action, not more half measures, to protect people’s health, and protect our progress against COVID-19.
CREATING “SAFETY ZONES” AROUND SMALL BUSINESSES
Our caucus is calling for new legislation that would create safety zones around small businesses to protect businesses, staff, and patrons from anti-public health harassment. No one should have to worry about being harassed for following public health measures in the middle of a global pandemic. Not small business owners working tirelessly to recover after enduring devastating lockdowns. Not folks who want to support their neighbours by dining or shopping locally. And not workers who are just trying to do their jobs after being laid off for months. We need legislation that would make targeted harassment of people and businesses upholding health rules in safety zones a provincial offence.
The University of Windsor’s “Lancerpalooza” has been postponed due after consulting with the local health unit. The organizers are encouraging all students to get vaccinated before committing to participation in any in-person events at the University or off-campus. Details of other events can be found here.
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra will be returning to the stage at the Capital Theatre. Patrons will be able to attend a concert in person or watch the live stream from home. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced for all in-person performances. You can find the full list of this year’s schedule here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.