The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 86 new COVID-19 cases today, while there were 96 yesterday, and 73 on Saturday. Today, Toronto reported 1,056 cases, Peel reported 381 cases, York reported 310 cases, Hamilton reported 181 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 123 cases. There are now 607 active cases in the community, bringing the total number to 23,461 cases and 483 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases confirmed since Saturday, 79 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 62 are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, and 111 are under investigation. There are 13 workplace outbreaks, 17 school/childcare outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and one outbreak in a long-term care home. There are 34 confirmed cases in the hospital, with eight in the ICU. Locally, 82.9 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose, and 77.9 have received two doses. Across the province today there were 3,783 new COVID-19 cases, and the province’s positivity rate reached 9.7 per cent, the highest since early May. Yesterday, there were 4,177 cases, and on Saturday, there were 3,301 cases.
OFFICE CLOSURE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
My community office and Queen’s Park office will both be closed starting Wednesday December 22, 2021 until Tuesday January 4, 2022 to celebrate the holidays. During this time, my staff will be periodically checking emails and voicemails for any urgent concerns. If your concern is of an urgent nature, please ensure you are including your full name, address, and phone number, along with the reason you are contacting us. All other inquiries will be addressed in the new year.
WRH HOLIDAY HEALTHCARE GUIDE
Windsor Regional Hospital has compiled a Holiday Healthcare Guide for those who might need medical assistance during the holiday season. You can find that here.
With Ontarians 18 and over now eligible to book their COVID-19 booster shot, the local health unit will be extending its hours and adding additional staffing to help get more booster shots into the arms of residents. Two additional vaccination sites in Leamington and the west end of Windsor will also be added in early January. Please visit www.wevax.ca to book an appointment. You can read more here.
The local health unit has put out a notice to inform the community that the COVID-19 vaccine you receive will be based on age. The health unit prefers those under 30 receive the Pfizer vaccine, while those over 30 will receive Moderna. The health unit is reminding everyone that either mRNA vaccine will provide a high level of protection against COVID-19. 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.
- Tuesday December 21 – John McGivney Children’s Centre – 3945 Matchette Rd, Windsor – 9am to 4pm (Focusing on 5-11 year olds but will vaccinate 1st, 2nd, 3rd (booster) with Moderna or Pfizer)
- Wednesday December 22 – John McGivney Children’s Centre – 3945 Matchette Rd, Windsor – 9am to 4pm (Focusing on 5-11 year olds but will vaccinate 1st, 2nd, 3rd (booster) with Moderna or Pfizer)
- Thursday December 23 – Windsor Jewish Federation and Community Centre – 1641 Ouellette Ave, Windsor – 10:30am to 4pm (Focusing on 5-11 year olds but will vaccinate 1st, 2nd, 3rd (booster) with Moderna or Pfizer)
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
St. Clair College announced this weekend that they will be delaying when classes resume in January because of the spread of the Omicron variant and the new provincial health restrictions. Classes will resume online on Monday January 17, 2022. You can read more here.
New outbreaks at schools and childcare settings in the area were added over the weekend, with Monseigneur Jean Noel Catholic Elementary School, St. Louis Catholic School, and Latchkey Daycare and Learning Centre being added to the list of outbreak locations. The health unit has also listed outbreaks within a Grade 4 class at M.S. Heatherington Public School, a Grade 6 class at Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Catholic Elementary School, and a Grade ½ class at Gore Hill Public School. 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.