The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 11 new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were 11 cases, and on Monday there were five cases. There has been a total of 16,918 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, three are considered community spread, and seven are under investigation. The health unit is reporting that there are currently 48 active cases in the community, with 10 of those being variants of concern. There is currently one person in the hospital with COVID-19, and 16,435 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, there have been 543,807 doses of the vaccine administered, with 76.1 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received one dose, and 67.1 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 139 cases reported. Yesterday there were 164 cases, and on Monday there were 168 cases.
The Minister of Education said today that unvaccinated children will not face different rules than their vaccinated peers within the school setting this September and would not mandate vaccines for students and school staff. Additionally, high-contact indoor sports will be permitted, and the government still has not finalized a COVID-19 outbreak management plan. You can read more here.
The local health unit has said they are reviewing the provinces back-to-school plan and will be discussing it with local school boards, while the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 9 President said that much of what was announced yesterday was already being planned for and there remains many unanswered questions.
The government’s plan provides no comfort to parents, teachers, or education workers who are worried that too many big risks are being taken with safety to avoid investing in safer schools. This paper-thin plan will put kids at risk. The plan doesn’t improve vaccination rates, it doesn’t give parents and education workers paid sick days, it doesn’t rapid test unvaccinated staff before they come to school, and it doesn’t provide smaller class sizes for kids to help reduce the spread of the virus. We need a plan that addresses these things to help keep kids safe and in school. We can’t afford to have more disruptions in learning for the sake of our kids’ mental and emotional health.
The following vaccination pop-up clinics will be offered by the Community Response and Stabilization Team, a partnership between Erie Shores HealthCare and Essex-Windsor EMS, this week from 10am to 3pm, or while supplies last. Health cards are not required:
- August 5 at the Housing Homelessness and Health Hub (H4) housed at the Windsor Water World – 400 Wyandotte St E
- August 6 at the University of Windsor (Education Parking Lot) – 333 California ave
HOSPITAL VACCINATION POLICY FOR STAFF
Windsor Regional Hospital has announced a new COVID-19 vaccination policy for staff. Anyone who works or volunteers at the hospital has until September 7 to disclose their vaccination status, and those who are not vaccinated or refuse to disclose their status will face mandatory COVID-19 testing twice a week and must share the results with the hospital. Staff members will be required to be asymptomatic and have completed a negative test prior to entering the worksite. Anyone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will need to provide documentation to prove it. You can read more here.
VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS
The head of the World Health Organization has called for countries to not give booster shots to their citizens until at least the end of September. The request stems from concerns over inequal distribution of the vaccine around the world. The goal, according to the head of the WHO, is to enable at least 10 per cent of the population of every country to have the chance at getting the vaccine. Health Canada has said they are monitoring the developments around the world but that there is not yet enough data to suggest that Canada would start offering booster shots yet. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask when you’re out in public, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.