The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 63 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 133 cases, Peel reported 60 cases, Hamilton reported 47 cases, and Middlesex-London reported less than 40 cases. Yesterday our area had 83 cases, and on Wednesday there were 89 cases. There are now 577 active cases in our region, bringing the total to 22,062 cases and 473 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases confirmed today, 25 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 15 are community spread, three are outbreak related, and 20 are under investigation. There are 15 workplace outbreaks, nine school/childcare outbreaks, six community outbreaks, and two out breaks in long-term care homes. There are 25 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 10 of those in the ICU. Locally, 81.3 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77.1 per cent have received two doses of the vaccine. Across the province today there were 1,031 new COVID-19 cases, the first time in more than six months that the province has reported more than 1,000 in a single day. Yesterday there were 959 cases, and on Wednesday there were 780 cases.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY CONCERNS
The local health unit issued a joint news release with the region’s hospitals and Essex-Windsor EMS today, warning the public about intensifying capacity pressures across the acute care system in the region due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and other respiratory ailments. Ambulance response times for non-emergency situations may also be longer than usual. According to Windsor Regional Hospital, they are experiencing a dramatic increase in young children with severe respiratory issues needing an immediate higher level of care. You can read the news release here.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines for people over the age of 50, as well as for several other groups, including people who received a full series of the AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccine, those in or from First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities, and frontline health care workers. NACI has also recommended that adults aged 18-49 get a 3rd dose six months after their second dose. You can read more here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations. 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.
- Saturday December 4 – Mexican Consulate – 350 Hwy 77, Leamington – 9am to 3:30pm
- Saturday December 4 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Monday December 6 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday December 7 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday December 8 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 12pm
- Wednesday December 8 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Thursday December 9 – Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (Sandwich Location) – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Friday December 10 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The local health unit is reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases at schools around Windsor-Essex since Wednesday. At the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, one class was dismissed yesterday at Stella Maris Elementary. At the Greater Essex County District School Board, 13 cases were reported between Anderdon, Gosfield North, Queen Elizabeth, and Tecumseh Vista elementary schools, as well as a staff case at Margaret D. Bennie in Leamington. There were also cases at Kingsville, Massey, and Tecumseh Vista secondary schools. 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.