Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - February 15, 2022

Published on February 15, 2022

 

Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 72 new high-risk cases today, along with the loss of a member of the community. Due to the changes in eligibility for testing and limited testing capacity, the rise of Omicron cases, and the shifted focus of case, contact, and outbreak management to high-risk settings, these case counts are an underestimate of the true numbers of individuals who have COVID-19 within Windsor-Essex County. The health unit defines high-risk cases as those coming from individuals who are eligible for PCR testing in accordance with Ontario's current testing guidance. Yesterday there were 56 cases, and on Sunday there were 102 cases.  

There are now a total of 496 active high risk cases in the area, with 48 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the hospital, and six in the ICU. There are six workplace outbreaks, 13 community outbreaks, two hospital outbreaks, and 11 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.9 per cent of individuals over five have received at least one dose, 82.1 per cent are fully vaccinated, and 52.6 per cent of residents over 18 have received their booster shot. 

Today, Toronto reported 223 cases, Peel reported 129 cases, and Ottawa reported 159 cases. The province reported 1,593 new cases of COVID-19 today, but health officials have warned this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 1,765 cases, and on Sunday there were 2,265 cases. There has been a total of 1,076,078 lab confirmed cases in Ontario since the pandemic began, and there are currently 1,550 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and 384 in the ICU. 

 

SENIOR DRIVER’S LICENCE RENEWALS 

We have been advised by a representative of the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) that at this time, the Senior Driver’s Licence Renewal Program remains suspended due to COVID-19. The MTO continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation for Ontario’s senior population and its impact on seniors, while also considering how and when drivers’ licence requirements for seniors could be reinstated to continue to ensure road safety. Class G/M driver licence holders aged 80 and over with licence expiry dates between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2022, may renew online by visiting here or in-person at a ServiceOntario location without completing GES and new vision tests.  Appointments can be made here.

 

FUNDING FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided some updates to their Resilient Communities Fund, which provides funding for projects that support the medium to longer-term recovery efforts of organizations. The new updates now allow for organizations to apply for project funding for up to two years, the project outcomes have been updated to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on organizations, and two quotes are now required for goods and/or services valued above $10,000. There are also virtual information sessions available that you can register for here

More information about the Resilient Communities Fund and how to apply can be found here.

 

COVID-19 BLOCKADES 

Following the blockade that shut down the Ambassador Bridge last week, Mayor Dilkens has declared a State of Emergency for the city to allow the city to support the ongoing security operation and to allow for continued quick response as municipal resources are deployed in support of ongoing Windsor Police operations. City Council also passed a motion calling on the provincial and federal governments to partner on a long-term model, including funding, to ensure the protection of international border crossings in Windsor. You can read more here.

The Prime Minister has invoked the Emergencies Act to help bring an end to blockades across the country. The Prime Minister said the Act will be used to protect critical infrastructure such as borders and airports from blockades and is creating time-limited powers that do not already exist. This includes things such as giving banks power to freeze accounts of blockade supporters without a court order and forcing crowdfunding platforms to follow anti-money laundering finance laws. You can read more here.

 

COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS 

The federal government announced that as of February 28, 2022, vaccinated travellers will no longer need a molecular COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Instead, travellers can opt for a rapid antigen test approved by the country they are coming from. Unvaccinated children who are travelling with vaccinated adults will no longer be required to isolate from school or daycare for 14 days. The federal government said that some vaccinated travellers might still be randomly selected for a molecular test upon arrival,  but they will not be required to quarantine while they wait for the result of the test. You can read more here.

 

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS 

The provincial government announced that 5.5 million rapid antigen tests will be available across the province each week. You can find participating grocery stores and pharmacies here

  

VACCINES 

First, second, and third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available at one of the three mass vaccination sites, located in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall, at Hotel-Dieu Grace HealthCare, and at the Grovedale House Community Hall in Kingsville.  All mass vaccination sites are now accepting walk-ins. Moreover, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available for individuals aged 30 years and older at any vaccination site. Grovedale House is open from 9am to 3:45pm Tuesday to Saturday for pre-booked or walk-in appointments. Hotel Dieu's clinic will be available from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To book an appointment, please visit www.wevax.ca.      

Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available at the following locations this week:       

  • Wednesday February 16 – St. Clair College Sportsplex (Gym C) – 2000 Talbot Rd, Windsor – 9am to 4pm 
  • Thursday February 17 – Mackenzie Hall – 3277 Sandwich St, Windsor – 2pm to 6pm 
  • Thursday February 17 – Multicultural Council of Windsor – 245 Janette Ave, Windsor – 2:30pm to 6pm 
  • Friday February 18 – Forest Glade Arena – 3205 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor – 9am to 4pm 
  • Friday February 18 – Adie Knox – 1551 Wyandotte St W, Windsor – 9am to 4pm 
  • Friday February 18 – St. Anne’s High School – 1200 Oakwood Blvd, Belle River – 11am to 6pm 

  

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

  • Percy