Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - December 2, 2021

Published on December 2, 2021

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 83 new COVID-19 cases today along with the loss of two members of the community. Today, Toronto reported 118 cases, Peel reported 75 cases, while Hamilton and Middlesex-London both reported fewer than 30 cases. Yesterday, our region had 89 cases, and on Tuesday there were 85 cases. There are now 585 active cases in our community, bringing the total number of cases to 21,999 and 473 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases reported today, 37 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 25 are considered community spread, three are travel related, four are outbreak related, and 14 are under investigation. There are 14 workplace outbreaks, nine school/childcare outbreaks, seven community outbreaks, and one outbreak in a long-term care home. The outbreak at The Village at St. Clair has been lifted. There are 23 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 11 in the ICU. Locally, 81.2 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77 per cent have received both doses. Across the province today there were 959 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 780 cases, and on Tuesday there were 687 cases.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHARITABLE GAMING

The provincial government made an announcement today in Waterdown with details outlining new charitable gaming options for Royal Canadian Legions and services clubs across Ontario. This announcement comes over a year after my motion to reinstate progressive draws passed unanimously in the Legislature. The new, free social gaming license will allow legions and other local community groups and service clubs to host small stakes games, as well as progressive raffle lotteries. Legions and service clubs are the cornerstones of many local communities. At a time when so many of us, including our veterans, have felt isolated and alone, it’s more important than ever to protect our legions and service clubs and do everything we can to save them. These draws and games are important in helping these clubs keep their doors open and lights on, and help attract membership. Legions and other community groups can apply for the social gaming licence through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s online portal here.

 

A REMINDER FROM THE HEALTH UNIT

The local health unit says they are concerned that some residents are ignoring instructions to isolate after being exposed to COVID-19. CEO Nicole Dupuis says she fears a repeat of last holiday season, and is asking everyone to please adhere to the guidance of public health to help ensure our COVID-19 rates don’t climb higher. If you have questions, please contact the public health unit for clarification at 1-800-258-2146

 

A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

My caucus colleagues and I have called on the provincial government to commit to an independent public inquiry into the province’s response to COVID-19. The purpose of such an inquiry is to learn what went wrong, and what went right, to be ready for the next public health emergency. People deserve closure, and a roadmap for future governments to ensure it never, ever happens again. We also need to know what went right. There are lessons to be learned from the incredible success stories created through the hard work of frontline healthcare workers, local public health authorities, hospitals, teachers, and education workers, municipal councils, and non-profits.

 

VACCINES

The local health unit’s weekly epidemiology report showed that people who are unvaccinated in Windsor-Essex are six-times (6x) more likely to be hospitalized because of COVID-19 than those who have been vaccinated, and 4.8-times more likely to end up in the ICU. Unvaccinated people are also 3.4-times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated. You can read the full report here.

The province announced that beginning on December 13, COVID-19 booster shots will be available to anyone aged 50 and older as long as they had received their second shot at least six months ago. Additionally, people receiving dialysis are now eligible to receive a third vaccine dose if it has been 56 days since their second dose. Appointments will be made available through www.wevax.ca. 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 3 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
  • Friday December 3 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday December 4 – Mexican Consulate – 350 Hwy 77, Leamington – 9am to 3:30pm

 

COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS       

The French Catholic school board has reported one case of COVID-19 at Georges P. Vanier Catholic Elementary School and one class is isolating. 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.

 

  • Percy