The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 66 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases today, 10 are considered a close contact with a confirmed case, one is involving a health care worker, and 55 remain under investigation. These new cases pushed our region past another milestone with 4,056 total cases, 501 active cases, 3,470 resolved cases, and 83 deaths. Across Ontario today there were 1,925 new cases of COVID-19 reported, a new record for the province. On Sunday there were 1,924 cases, and on Saturday 1,859 cases.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ahmed said that despite the restrictions from orange and now red zone, our case counts are not changing and based on that data our case rates are comparable to the areas that are in lock down.
Windsor Regional Hospital is opening a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at its Met Campus on Tuesday December 8. Hospital President and CEO David Musyj reminded people without symptoms to book appointments online for testing at a pharmacy and to leave capacity for symptomatic people at the assessment centres. He also reminded people to cancel appointments if they can’t make their appointment. The Met Campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be open from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday. The Ouellette Campus Assessment Centre is open from 8am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 4pm on weekends.
After the second week of the City of Windsor’s proactive COVID-19 bylaw enforcement blitz, a total of 22 charges were laid after 154 proactive checks and 37 checks from complaints made to 3-1-1. Of the charges laid, 16 were for no safety plan, four for no mask, and two for no signage. The City announced the enforcement blitz on November 23 to ensure businesses had a COVID-19 safety plan in place, signs were posted, and physical distancing and mask usage was being adhered to.
A confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified at Tecumseh Vista Secondary yesterday. This is the second case to be reported at the school. The school board is working with the local health unit and all affected students and staff have been notified.
F.W. Begley Public School is set to re-open on Wednesday December 9 after being closed due to COVID-19. More than 430 students and staff were dismissed on November 17 when an outbreak was identified. The restart on Wednesday will be staggered. More details are available here.
The local chapter of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario is pushing for mandatory masks for all students in the Greater Essex County District School Board. Masks are currently mandatory for students in Grade 4-12 but not from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Last week it became mandatory for all kids to wear a mask while on the school bus. The school board is set to meet tomorrow night where this motion will be put forward.
The Prime Minister has announced that up to 249,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Canada before the end of the month but the first doses are expected to be delivered next week with Health Canada set to approve the vaccine soon. The federal government has purchased 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine so far. Ontario plans to roll out the vaccine in three phases, beginning with long-term care, retirement home residents, and staff who provide care to those groups. You can read more here.
The Town of Kingsville announced they are closing town hall to walk-ins starting Monday in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region. In-person visits will be by appointment only moving forward and all visitors must wear a mask and complete a screening checklist before entering the building. Residents can still access self-serve resources online 24/7 and can drop off physical documents at town hall through the night deposit box.
LaSalle’s Holiday Santa Drive-By is taking place on Saturday December 12 between 4:30pm and 8:30pm. Vehicles can enter from Mike Raymond Drive and follow the route around Judy Recker Drive to Vollmer Complex. No registration is necessary and staff will be on-site to direct traffic. Due to COVID-19 and following advice from the health unit, participants in a vehicle should be from the same household only and must remain in the vehicle at all times.
A reminder that in order to adhere to the public health instructions set out by Dr. Ahmed and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, our office remains open by appointment only, and we are only booking essential visits. We are not taking any walk-ins at this time. If you would like to book an appointment, please call us at 519-251-5199 or email us at email@example.com.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when in public, continue to practice physical distancing of two metres from others, and wash your hands often.