The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases today, while there were 62 yesterday and 86 on Saturday. Today, Toronto reported 139 new COVID-19 cases, Peel had 60 cases, York had 60 cases, and Middlesex-London had 34 cases. There are now 518 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 22,249 cases and 473 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced since Saturday, 85 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 41 are considered community spread, four are travel related, four are outbreak related, and 53 are under investigation. There are currently 19 workplace outbreaks, nine school/childcare outbreaks, seven community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. There are 23 confirmed cases in the hospital, with nine in the ICU. Locally, 81.7 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77.2 per cent have received both doses. Across the province today there were 887 new COVID-19 cases reported. Yesterday there were 1,184 cases, and on Saturday there were 1,053 cases.
NEW COVID-19 MEASURES
The local health unit issued a letter of instruction yesterday to address the surging COVID-19 cases in our region. The local Medical Officer of Health believes cases could reach levels similar to those seen at the same time last year if steps aren’t taken now to address it. Beginning 12:01am on Friday December 10, the following additional restrictions will come into effect to try to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Social gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Added measures for wedding receptions and the social events tied to funerals and religious services
- Limiting indoor capacity for bars and restaurants to 50% of their total occupancy
- Strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings.
You can read more here.
The City of Windsor, Windsor Regional Hospital, and local health unit have released a new three-minute video aimed at helping children between the ages of five and 11, and their families, understand what to expect when they go to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the mass vaccination site at Devonshire Mall. You can watch the video 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 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
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Hall residence, though the university has said the outbreak is considered to be extremely low-risk and residents are under a modified quarantine. The move came after daily wastewater screening from the building tested positive for the virus last week, and four cases were confirmed. You can read more here.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board dismissed 11 classes and two bus cohorts from eight schools after eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported. The cases were found at St. Mary, Stella Maris, W.J. Langlois, Sacred Heart, and St. Anne elementary schools, as well as Brennan, St. Joe’s and Villanova high schools. In the Greater Essex County District School Board, an outbreak was declared at Frank W. Begley 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#/=
POSSIBLE PUBLIC COVID-19 EXPOSURE
The local health unit has updated their list of possible public COVID-19 exposure points. You can find more information here.
The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) has issued a flood watch for sections of the region due to forecasted wind conditions today. The flood watch is for the western shoreline of Pelee Island and the islands within the western basin of Lake Erie, and for the Municipality of Leamington, west of Point Pelee National Park. The flood watch is in effect until 10am tomorrow morning. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.