The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 109 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 505 cases, Ottawa had 206 cases, Peel had 153 cases, and Kingston had 190 cases. Yesterday, our region had 96 cases, and on Tuesday there were 44 cases. There are now 654 active cases in our region, bringing the total to 23,099 cases and 483 deaths related to the virus since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today 36 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 24 are considered community spread, two are travel related, one is outbreak related, and 46 are under investigation. There are currently 12 workplace outbreaks, 13 school/childcare outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. There are 41 cases in the hospital, with 10 in the ICU. Locally, 82.7 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77.7 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 2,421 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily tally of new cases since May. Yesterday there were 1,808 cases, and on Tuesday there were 1,429 cases.
NEW COVID-19 MODELLING
Ontario’s Science Advisory Table released new modelling today, and is calling for a “circuit breaker” with public health measures that cut contacts by 50 per cent to blunt the worst of Omicron’s impact. Without doing so, the Science Table says that booster shots along won’t be enough to stop cases from reaching 10,000 daily by Christmas, and for ICU occupancy levels to reach unstable levels by early January. You can find the full modelling from the Ontario Science Table here.
The local health unit says they are exploring all options to increase the rollout of COVID-19 booster shots. The mass vaccination site at Devonshire Mall is able to administer 2,000 doses per day, and are looking to expand capacity. The health unit says they are also connecting with health partners, including Windsor Regional Hospital to redeploy resources and expand capacity. You can read more here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week. Children aged 5 to 11 years (or turning 5 in 2021) are now eligible to receive their vaccination at a pop-up clinic. Children must be accompanied by their custodial parent or guardian to receive a vaccine and will be required to present a health card or other form of identification.
- Friday December 17 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Friday December 17 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 12pm to 6pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board are asking all students to take home personal items and any resources needed in case there is an instruction to shift to online learning for a period of time following the holiday break. The local acting Medical Officer of Health has said that he is reluctant to close schools, but that all options are on the table. The Ministry of Education has not made any announcement to confirm this would be happening. You can read more here.
The French Catholic school board has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at Sainte-Therese Catholic Elementary School today, and one class is isolating. Two more outbreaks were announced today as well. The new outbreaks are in DM Eagle Public School and East Mersea Public School in Wheatley. The local health unit has contacted all those affected and is reminding parents to continue to monitor their children each morning for COVID-19 symptoms and to keep them home if they are sick.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
French Catholic: https://www.cscprovidence.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp...
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/News/COVID-19Report/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2R6_WYMzK8njEzQqQisbpQuRQ67Cr-KEi-jEz_WYGsiaYmjCJhuLrUX0k#/=
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.