The local health unit has reported 20 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death which comes from the community. Yesterday there were 20 cases, and on Wednesday there were 11 cases. There has been a total of 16,958 cases and 436 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, six are from close contact with another confirmed case, seven are considered community spread, one is travel related, and six are under investigation. There are currently 79 active cases in the community, with 32 of those being variant of concern cases. There are currently three confirmed cases in the hospital, with one in the ICU, and 16,443 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, there have been 546,693 doses of the vaccine administered, with 76.4 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received one dose, and 67.6 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 340 cases of COVID-19 confirmed, the highest number since late June. Yesterday there were 213 cases, and on Wednesday there were 139 cases.
The local medical officer of health has said that the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases locally can be attributed to the Delta variant, as we have nearly doubled the number of reported cases for this variant. Specifically, Dr. Ahmed has said that much of the transmission that has been reported is from households where residents aren’t vaccinated. You can read more here.
Dr. Ahmed has said that people need to remain vigilant as this strain is more transmittable, and people should get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Anyone who has yet to be vaccinated, or needs their second shot, can learn more by visiting www.wevax.ca
There will be a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic for youth between the age of 12-17 next Wednesday August 11 at the Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG) from 10am-3pm. No appointment required and while supplies last.
HELPING OUR NURSES
University of Windsor researchers conducted a study in which local nurses from both Windsor and Detroit were interviewed about their mental health and well-being over the last year as they worked throughout the pandemic. The study finds that nurses are feeling increasingly tired, burnt out, stressed, and depressed. This is a result of wage disparities among nurses and understaffing. The researchers warn that this is not only detrimental to the nurses but can have long-term, damaging effects on our healthcare system and that these issues need to be addressed at the provincial level. This is why my colleagues and I have been calling on the Government to immediately act and make investments on nurse training, recruitment and retention in hospitals and other health care settings. Nurses and patients deserve better. To read more about the study, click here.
UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR
The University of Windsor has said that in-person learning will be resuming wherever possible this fall when classes resume, but virtual and hybrid learning models will also be available. Daily self-assessment will be required before heading to campus and non-medical masks or face coverings will be required in all buildings. Though a COVID-19 vaccine won’t be mandatory for faculty or staff returning to campus, the University is running an awareness campaign to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. You can learn more here.
BOIL WATER ADVISORY
The boil water advisory that was announced for the Bar Point and Lakewood service areas of Amherstburg yesterday has been lifted.
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.