The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 109 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of a member of the community. Today, Toronto reported 206 cases, Peel reported 71 cases, York reported 66 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London both reported less than 50 cases. Yesterday, our region had 80 cases, and on Tuesday there were 51 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 37 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 35 are considered community spread, two are outbreak related, three are travel related, and 32 are under investigation. There are now 559 active cases in the community, bringing the total to 22,489 cases, and 478 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are 15 workplace outbreaks, eight school/childcare outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. There are 31 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 12 in the ICU. Locally, 82 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 77.4 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 1,290 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of daily cases since late May. Yesterday there were 1,009 cases, and on Tuesday there were 928 cases.
UPDATE ON LOCAL DEATHS FROM HEALTH UNIT
The health unit shared details today about those who have passed away from COVID-19. According to the health unit, 42 people have passed away from COVID-19 since August in our community, and 30 of those were unvaccinated. The 12 who were vaccinated had significant medical comorbidities. You can read more here.
Today, my caucus colleagues and I again called on the provincial government to make COVID rapid tests available to all Ontarians for free. This echoes a report released today by the Ontario Science Table that called for rapid testing to be ramped up and made more available to stop the rise in cases. Every Ontarian should be able to take a free at-home rapid test – before visiting elderly loved ones or going to crowded holiday shopping malls. We have the ability to keep Ontario families safer over the holidays, but the provincial government is refusing. They’re claiming that there is nothing else to be done, while 5 million rapid tests are available and not being used. You can read the report 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 10 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board identified cases of COVID-19 in three class and two bus cohorts between St. Gabriel and St. Andre elementary. The Greater Essex County District School Board also added three cases from one staff and a student at Leamington District Secondary and a single student case at John Campbell elementary. In addition, an outbreak has been declared at Margaret D. Bennie Public School in Leamington. The French Catholic school board also reported a new COVID-19 cases from Monseigneur-Jean Noel Catholic Elementary 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#/=
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.