The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 63 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of a community member. Yesterday, our region had 86 cases, and on Sunday, there were 96 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 16 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 10 are from community spread, two are travel related, two are outbreak related, and 33 are under investigation. Our region now has 550 active cases.
There are currently 12 workplace outbreaks, 17 school outbreaks, seven community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. In the hospital, there are 29 confirmed cases, with 8 in the ICU. Locally, 83.0 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 78.0 per cent of individuals over five are fully vaccinated.
Across the province today, there were 3,453 new COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, there were 3,783 cases, and on Sunday, there were 4,177 cases. Toronto reported the highest number today with 901 cases, Ottawa reported 359 cases, Waterloo reported 168 cases, and Hamilton reported 158 cases.
A friendly reminder that my community office and Queen’s Park office will both be closed starting Wednesday, December 22, 2021 until Tuesday, January 4, 2022 for the holidays. During this time, my staff will be periodically checking emails and voicemails and addressing emergency inquiries only. Please ensure you are including your full name, address, and phone number, along with the reason you are contacting us so we can assess the urgency of the matter. All other inquiries will be addressed in the New Year. Please note that access to the constituency office will remain on an appointment only basis when we return to the office in January.
ADVOCATING FOR YOU
We continue to hear from constituents who are concerned with accessing booster shots, PCR COVID tests and rapid tests during the holidays. Our caucus will continue to call on the provincial government to implement the following urgent proposals to help blunt the Omicron Wave:
- Launch worker and local business supports to protect those that lose income, and provide no fewer than 14 paid sick days.
- Release tens of millions more rapid tests, and make them available in more places, as well as free by mail.
- Launch a massive blitz in health care to recruit, retain and return workers in the field — especially nurses. Repeal Ford’s low-wage law (Bill 124) as part of the package to finally show nurses some respect.
- Help with more funding and staff for public health units so they can ramp up booster shots.
- Stop large crowds from gathering in event, sports and concert venues.
- Launch a vaccine blitz for students with a robust and culturally-competent outreach campaign to contact parents to talk about the vaccine.
- Make vaccination mandatory for all health care and education workers.
- Prepare schools now to return in January safely with things like smaller class sizes, improved ventilation, and free N95 masks for all teachers and education workers.
HOLIDAY GUIDANCE FROM WECHU
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has released updated guidance for keeping holiday gatherings safe, which can be found here: https://www.wechu.org/cv/events-gatherings-weddings-funerals-religious-rites-or-ceremonies.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week:
- 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
From Friday, December 17th, 2021 to Monday, December 20, 2021, the Greater Essex County District School Board reported new cases at the following schools: one student case at A.V. Graham Public School in Tecumseh, one student case at Gore Hill Public School in Leamington, two student cases at Jack Miner Public School in Kingsville, one student case at Kingsville District High School in Kingsville, one staff case at Vincent Massey Secondary School in Windsor, one student case at Prince Edward Public School in Windsor, and one student case at Southwood Public School in Windsor.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
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=IwAR2Nud12U0aJ8zEacn1otyHLJNAT-HjV4ZlyhqSRWZp3WP8oMrfjoiNJdCE#/=
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION PROGRAM
Essex Powerlines has launched a new ‘Charge Up’ program to help qualified recipients install power charging stations for electric vehicles in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets. More details about the program will be released in January 2022, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please visit their website at https://essexpowerlines.ca/save-energy/for-business/charge-up-windsor-essex-county/ or send an email to [email protected]
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.