Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - February 9, 2022

Published on February 9, 2022

 

Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 136 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 94 cases in our region, and from Saturday to Monday there were 360 cases. 

There are now 695 active high risk cases in the area, with 67 confirmed cases in the hospital, and nine in the ICU. There are eight workplace outbreaks, 19 community outbreaks, six hospital outbreaks, and 15 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.7 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 81.7 per cent have received two doses, and 52 per cent of those over 18 have received their booster shots. 

Today, Toronto reported 482 cases, Peel reported 283 cases, and Hamilton reported 139 cases. Across the province today there were 3,162 new cases, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, Ontario reported 2,092 cases, and on Monday there were 2,088 cases. There has been at total of 1,061,403 cases since the pandemic began, and there are currently 2,059 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and 449 in the ICU. 

 

AMBASSADOR BRIDGE PROTEST 

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with more than 70 other Chambers and business associations have signed a joint letter urging the government to work to end the protest and re-open the Ambassador Bridge. Similarly, Mayor Dilkens and Windsor Police Chief Pam Mizuno made a request today for additional resources from both the provincial and federal governments to resolve the issue. You can read more here.

Yesterday, my local colleagues, MPP Lisa Gretzky, MPP Taras Natyshak, and I released a statement calling for the provincial government to act urgently on the matter. We continue to call on the provincial government to provide support to local law enforcement to put an end to the blockades and occupation. Ontario needs the Premier to stop the blockade at Ambassador Bridge today.

 

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST AVAILABILITY 

Today, the Ministry of Health announced that Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) would be available at grocery stores and pharmacies starting today, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. My office has heard from many of you that access to these tests is not consistent from store to store, and some places, such as Walmart, are requiring an online order in order to obtain a RAT kit. We have been calling to grocery stores and pharmacies to try to identify who has RATs and what the requirements are to obtain them. Our caucus is calling for the government to stop all corporations from forcing people to pay anything to get access to a rapid test. We are calling for rapid tests to be accessible to everyone, for free, distributed through the mail and in person. We are also calling for the government to reverse their decision to block people from getting a PCR COVID test if they’re worried they might have the illness.  

At the time of writing, the following locations have RATs: 

 

Apollo Pharmacy              

1169 Lauzon Road 

Available after 10 am tomorrow   

 

Carerx Windsor East        

100-2425 Tecumseh Road East   

Some available – still working on distribution 

 

Central Drug Mart            

5415 Tecumseh Road East 

Available – no additional requirements  

  

Central Drug Mart            

3691 Tecumseh Road East 

Available – – no additional requirements   

 

Family Health Pharmacy 

1400 Provincial Road 

Available at the Service Desk – no additional requirements 

 

Food Basics         

2090 Lauzon Road 

Available at the Service Desk – no additional requirements  

  

Food Basics         

2750 Tecumseh Road West 

Available at the Service Desk – available tomorrow 8 am 

 

Metro   

11729 Tecumseh Road East 

Available at the Service Desk – no additional requirements  

  

Metro   

3663 Tecumseh Road East 

Available at the Service Desk – no additional requirements  

  

Parkway Medical Pharmacy         

8B-6711 Tecumseh Road East                     

Available – no additional requirements  

 

Riverside Medical Pharmacy        

7775 Wyandotte Street East 

Available – no additional requirements  

 

Shoppers Drug Mart        

7720 Tecumseh Road East 

Available – no additional requirements  

 

Sobeys 

19 Amy Croft Drive 

Available Friday at 8am at Service Desk – no additional requirements 

 

Walmart (various locations) 

Require online order of at least $35 

 

Zehrs     

5890 Malden Road                          

Will be distributed through customer service after 8 am tomorrow - – no additional requirements  

DO NOT GO TO THE PHARMACY 

  

Zehrs     

400 Manning Road                          

Will be distributed through customer service after 8 am tomorrow – no additional requirements  

DO NOT GO TO THE PHARMACY 

  

Zehrs     

7201 Tecumseh Road East 

Will be distributed through customer service after 8 am tomorrow – no additional requirements  

DO NOT GO TO THE PHARMACY 

 

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; 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 next week:      

  • Thursday February 10 – Mackenzie Hall Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 3277 Sandwich St, Windsor – 9am to 3pm  
  • Thursday February 10 – Consulate of Mexico Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 350 Hwy 77, Leamington – 2pm to 6pm  
  • Friday February 11 – St. Clair College Downtown Campus Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 201 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor – 9am to 3:30pm  
  • Friday February 11 – Windsor Essex Hospice (Leamington) Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 197 Talbot St W, Suite 701, Leamington – 10am to 3pm  

  

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

- Percy