The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 today, the largest single-day total for our region since the beginning of the pandemic. The health unit did not release a breakdown of the cases due to backlogs with case and contact management, but our region now has 779 active cases, bringing the total to 4, 763 cases, with 3,893 resolved cases, 53 people hospitalized, and 91 deaths. The province reported 1,940 cases today, 1,677 cases on Sunday, and 1,873 cases on Saturday. The Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ahmed, says he’s worried local case counts may increase because of actions by some this past weekend.
For the safety of our staff and the public, my office will no longer be taking appointments for in office visits but will remain available to assist constituents with provincial matters by telephone at 519-251-5199 and email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Staff will be working remotely, so you may have to leave a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
My office will also be closed for the Christmas break after December 18, 2020 and will reopen on January 4, 2021.
Windsor Police Service said they will be enforcing the new restrictions that are now in place as our region enters the Grey-Lockdown category. Residents can contact the City of Windsor’s 311 call centre or call 519-736-0012 in Amherstburg to file COVID-19 related complaints. During this past weekend’s bylaw enforcement blitz, four charges were laid: one for not wearing a mask and three for not having a safety plan in place. Last week, 22 charges were laid, and 23 charges were laid in week one. Information on lockdown restrictions can be found here.
The local health unit confirmed a COVID-19 case at both St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School and Sandwich Secondary School before all schools in our region closed today. A voice message was sent out to the school community reassuring parents only those directly affected will be contacted by the health unit or school administration.
The Ministry of Transportation has announced cancellation of all road tests at DriveTest centres in Windsor-Essex. If residents living in a lockdown zone have a road test booked in a different region, the test needs to be cancelled, as DriveTest will not honour appointments that are currently booked by residents who reside in Grey-Lockdown zones. There are no penalties for cancellations and a credit will be given to those who need to reschedule when our region moves out of lockdown.
The Ontario government administered the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine today. The first recipients were personal support workers at a long-term care facility in Toronto. You can read more here.
The City of Windsor announced that drivers won’t have to pay for parking while picking up take-out while the city is in lockdown. The city is offering 15 minutes of free parking through the Passport Parking App to support local restaurant take-out business. Users of the parking app can enter Zone #3800 at any meter in the city, enter their licence plate number and receive 15 minutes of free parking. The app can be used once every six hours. Information about the app can be found on City of Windsor parking meters and pay units that directs interested users to log on through their smart phones.
Please continue to wear a mask while in public, continue to practice physical distancing of two metres from other people, and wash your hands often.