Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - February 25, 2022

Published on February 25, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 73 new high risk cases of COVID-19 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 131 cases, and on Wednesday there were 44 cases.

There are now 295 active high risk cases in our area, with 49 confirmed cases in the hospital, and nine in the ICU. There is one workplace outbreak, seven community outbreaks, one hospital outbreak, and 10 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.1 per cent of individuals five and over have received one dose of the vaccine, 82.5 per cent have received two doses, and 53.3 per cent of residents over 18 have received their booster.

Today, Toronto reported 357 cases of COVID-19, Peel reported 130 cases, and Ottawa reported 131 cases. Across the province today there were 2,427 new cases, but health officials warn that number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 2,404 cases, and on Wednesday there were 1,425 cases. There have been a total of 1,096,357 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began, and currently there are 1,003 patients in the hospital with COVID-19, with 297 of those in the ICU.

 

CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

As the Russian Federation continues its invasion of Ukraine, my caucus colleagues and I are calling for the provincial government to provide at least $3 million to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, and match all donations made by Ontarians. We are also echoing the call from the Ukrainian community to ban Russian products from LCBO shelves. Our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are living in fear for their sovereignty and for their lives, must be concrete. We must do all we can to send support to the Ukrainian people. This afternoon, the government announced that they had directed the LCBO to remove Russian products from their shelves. You can read more here.

 

SURGERY BACKLOGS

On Monday, my caucus colleagues and I will force a vote in the Legislature on funding and strategy to tackle the overwhelming backlog of surgeries in hospitals. Almost a million Ontarians are waiting for a surgery right now. No one should have to wait in pain for surgery, and no one should have to live with the anxiety and frustration of an illness getting worst by the day while they wait. We are calling for a $1.3 billion investment to clear the backlog of surgeries people are waiting for. We are also calling for a strategy and funding to meet broader health care needs, and support for local hospitals and community clinics with a health care hiring strategy.

 

HOSPITAL VISITOR POLICY

Windsor Regional Hospital released a statement today saying that hospitals will continue with current visitor policies beyond March 1, 2022. Existing personal protective equipment policies also remain in effect. 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. Please remember to store your test kits out of the reach of children, as there have been reports of poisoning after accidental consumption. 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 next week:      

  • Tuesday March 1 – Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre – 103 Park St, Kingsville – 11:30am to 6:15pm
  • Tuesday March 1 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday March 2 – Adie Knox – 1551 Wyandotte St W, Windsor – 9:00am to 2:30pm
  • Friday March 4 – Windsor International Aquatic Training Centre – 401 Pitt St W, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday March 4 – Mackenzie Hall – 3277 Sandwich St, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday March 4 – Forest Glade Arena – 3205 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

  • Percy