The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 51 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of four people in our community. Today, Toronto reported 163 cases, York reported 84 cases, and Hamilton reported 50 cases. Yesterday, our region had 39 cases, and on Sunday there were 62 cases. There are now 504 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 22,300 cases and 477 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases confirmed today, 17 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 19 are considered community spread, one is outbreak related, one is travel related, and 13 are under investigation. There are currently 17 workplace outbreaks, nine school/childcare outbreaks, four community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. There are 34 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 14 of those in the ICU, a surge up from 23 in the hospital yesterday with nine in the ICU. Locally, 81.8 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77.3 per cent have received both doses. Across the province today there were 928 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 887 cases, and on Sunday there were 1,184 cases.
UPDATED COVID-19 MODELLING
Ontario’s Science Table released new projections today that show the province could see up to 3,000 cases of COVID-19 daily and 400 patients in the ICU by mid-January, even without accounting for the new Omicron variant. The Science Table also says public health measures and increased vaccination are needed to reduce virus transmission. The province has extended the pause on the reopening plan indefinitely as a result of this new modelling. You can read more here.
PAID SICK DAYS
The Ontario government announced today that they are extending the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit until July 31, 2022. The program requires employers to provide all their employees with up to three paid days off for a range of reasons related to the pandemic. For the past couple of weeks, my caucus colleagues and I have been pressuring the government to reconsider their decision to end the paid sick days program on December 31, 2021. We have also called for 10 permanent paid sick days for all workers, and an additional 14 paid sick days during any pandemic. We will continue to advocate for workers. You can read the government’s announcement here.
NEW TESTING RULES AT ERIE SHORES HEALTHCARE
Beginning today, Erie Shores HealthCare in Leamington is implementing enhanced screening measures to combat a rise in cases locally. Vaccinated visitors will be required to have a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken upon arrival at the hospital. Unvaccinated visitors must have a negative PCR test, taken within three days, along with a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken upon arrival. 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.
- 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 Greater Essex County District School Board added 10 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with cases at David Suzuki, Southwood Centennial Central, Hugh Beaton, and Tecumseh Vista elementary, along with Sandwich and Herman Academy secondary schools. Additionally, two staff cases were identified at Giles Campus elementary and Belle River high school. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has also declared two new outbreaks at Centennial Central Public School in Comber and Dr. David Suzuki Public School in east Windsor. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board announced multiple dismissals at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School where three classes and one bus cohort were dismissed. The French Catholic school board announced one class is isolating after a case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Saint-Michel Catholic elementary school in Leamington. 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#/=
RETURNING TO CANADA FROM ABROAD
The federal government announced today that due to complaints over glitches with Canada’s ArriveCan app, Canadians returning to Canada will be able to provide the necessary information in-person at the border when the app isn’t working. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.