The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 117 new high risk cases in Windsor-Essex today. 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 72 cases, and on Monday there were 56 cases.
There are now a total of 523 active high risk cases in our area, with 43 confirmed cases in the hospital, with eight of those in the ICU. There are three 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 the age of five have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 82.1 per cent are fully vaccinated, and 52.7 per cent of residents over 18 have received their booster shot.
Today, Toronto reported 250 cases, Peel reported 185 cases, and Ottawa reported 184 cases. Across the province today there were 2,532 cases reported, but health officials have warned this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 1,593 cases, and on Monday there were 1,765 cases. There has been a total of 1,078,610 cases confirmed in the province since the pandemic began, and there are currently 1,403 people in the hospital with COVID-19, with 364 of those in the ICU.
ADVOCATING FOR LOWER HYDRO RATES
A new report by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) has revealed that the Premier’s promise to reduce Ontarians’ hydro rates by 12 per cent will not happen. The inflation rate announced today was a whopping 5.7 per cent. Under this government, the average ratepayer’s hydro bill has risen by 4.3 per cent and counting. I continue to hear from constituents and know many are struggling to meet ends meet as we navigate our way through this pandemic. My caucus colleagues and I are calling for the government to prioritize making life more affordable and rebuilding the electricity system with the interests of regular ratepayers top of mind.
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.
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:
- 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
The federal government announced that on February 28, 2022, Windsor’s airport will once again be able to receive international flights. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.