The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 115 new high-risk cases, along with the loss of three members 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. From Saturday to Monday, our region had 432 new high-risk cases. There are now 1,179 active high-risk cases in our area, with 69 confirmed cases in the hospital, and 13 in the ICU. There are 15 workplace outbreaks, 23 community outbreaks, 10 hospital outbreaks, and 26 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.5 per cent of individuals five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 81.1 per cent have received two doses, and 51 per cent of those over 18 have received their booster shot.
Today, Toronto reported 606 new cases, Peel reported 334 new cases, and Hamilton reported 117 new cases. Across the province today there were 2,622 new cases, but health officials have warned that number is an underestimate due to testing limitations and backlogs. Yesterday there were 3,043 cases, and on Sunday there were 3,960 cases. The total number of cases across the province since the pandemic began is 1,035,916, and there are currently 3,091 people in the hospital, with 568 of those patients in the ICU.
NEW COVID-19 MODELLING RELEASED
The Ontario Science Table have advised that COVID-19 cases, hospitalization, and ICU admissions will likely increase following the province easing restrictions yesterday, but it is not clear by how much. According to the modelling, there is a wide range of scenarios for hospital admissions and the province could see nearly 6,000 by mid-March. Projections for ICU occupancy also have a range of possible scenarios. The scenarios depend partly on how many people in the community have immunity from recent Omicron infections, which given the limits of testing, is a challenging number to determine. You can find the new modelling here.
The mass vaccination clinic at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington will administer its final vaccine dose on Saturday February 5. On February 8, they will relocate to Grovedale House Community Hall, located at 103 Park Street in Kingsville. The new location will be open from 9am to 3:45pm Tuesday to Saturday for pre-booked or walk-in appointments.
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 Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington. 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. Nature Fresh will have appointments for Tuesday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Hotel Dieu's clinic will be available from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and from 12pm to 4pm on Tuesday and Friday. To book an appointment, please visit www.wevax.ca.
Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available at the following locations this week:
- Wednesday February 2 – Adie Knox – 1551 Wyandotte St W, Windsor – 9am to 2:30pm
- Wednesday February 2 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday February 2 – St. Anne Catholic High School – 1200 Oakwood Ave, Belle River – 11am to 6pm
- Thursday February 3 – Forest Glade Arena – 3205 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Friday February 4 – University of Windsor Education Building (Gym) – 2555 College Ave, Windsor – 9am to 3:30pm
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.