Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - February 28, 2022

Published on February 28, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health unit is reporting 233 new high risk cases of COVID-19 since Friday, with 61 of those cases reported 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.

There are now 283 active high risk cases in the area, with 52 confirmed cases in the hospital, and five in the ICU. There are currently two workplace outbreaks, six community outbreaks, three hospital outbreaks, and nine outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.1 per cent of individuals five and over have received one dose of the vaccine, 82.7 per cent have received two doses, and 53.4 per cent of residents over 18 have received their booster.

Today, Toronto reported 245 new cases, Peel reported 75 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 62 cases. Across the province, 1,315 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, but health officials warn that number is an underestimate due to testing limitations. Yesterday there were 2,001 cases, and on Saturday there were 2,338 cases reported. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a total of 1,102,011 cases of COVID-19 in the province, and there are currently 849 people in the hospital with the virus, with 279 of those in the ICU.

 

EASING PROVINCIAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The province will further ease COVID-19 restrictions across the province starting tomorrow. Included in the new changes are removing capacity limits for all indoor public settings and lifting the proof of vaccination requirement for indoor non-essential settings, though businesses can choose to keep the mandate active if they choose. Vaccine requirements will also remain in place in industries such as long-term care and health care. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time. You can read more here.

 

EASING RESTRICTIONS AT LOCAL FACILITIES

The local health unit announced last Friday that they will be rescinding the Letter of Instruction issued in November 2021 that called for anyone over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter sports and recreational facilities in Windsor-Essex. You can read more here.

 

EASING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide a pre-arrival PCR test result to enter Canada, with a rapid antigen test now being accepted instead. A valid rapid antigen test must be administered by a laboratory, health care entity, or telehealth service, and at-home tests are not valid. Fully vaccinated travellers will also not be required to take an on-arrival test when they enter the country, unless randomly selected, and if selected, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to quarantine while waiting for their test results. You can read more here.

 

LICENCE PLATE STICKER REFUNDS

There have been reports of a scam involving a text message sent regarding the Ontario licence plate sticker refund. ServiceOntario does not send refunds via text message and if you receive a text message about this, you should not open the link provided. To receive a refund, drivers must have renewed their plate sticker after March 1, 2021, and will need to confirm their address is up to date on the provincial website or by calling ServiceOntario at 1-888-333-0049, and that they’ve paid any outstanding traffic tickets by March 7, 2022. If you need to update your address, you can do so online here.

 

UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR IN-PERSON CONVOCATION

The University of Windsor says they are hoping to return to in-person convocation this summer, and University President Dr. Gordon says that barring any COVID-19 spikes, the summer events will be held at the WFCU centre, while fall graduations would be held on campus. 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 this 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