The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 1,108 new cases since Friday, along with the loss of two members of the community. There are now 4,084 active cases in our region, bringing our total to 31,746 cases and 510 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 123 confirmed cases currently in the hospital, and 21 of those in the ICU. Of the new cases confirmed since Friday, 48 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 34 are considered community spread, 25 are outbreak related, six are travel related, and 995 are under investigation. There are currently 10 workplace outbreaks, 35 community outbreaks, six hospital outbreaks, and 26 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 84.8 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 79.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Today, Toronto reported 1,742 cases, Peel reported 1,302 cases, and Hamilton reported 311 cases. Across the province today there were 8,521 cases of COVID-19 reported, but health officials have warned that number is an underestimate due to testing limitations and backlogs. Yesterday there were 10,450 cases, and on Saturday there were 10,732 cases. There are now a total of 956,607 confirmed cases in Ontario since the start of the pandemic, with 3,887 people currently in the hospital, and 578 in the ICU.
With the announcement on Friday that Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care would resign his seat at the end of the month, the provincial government has added this portfolio to the Minister of Legislative Affairs rather than appointing a new Minister of Long-Term Care. With 2,363 residents, and nearly 4,000 staff currently affected by COVID-19 in long-term care facilities across the province, my caucus colleagues and I are calling on the Premier to appoint a new Minister of Long-Term Care to address the urgent crisis that is unfolding. Ontario needs an urgent staffing plan to deal with this crisis including an immediate raise for personal support workers (PSWs), hazard pay, N95 masks, and a real program for paid sick days. As importantly, we need a full-time Minister to focus on the urgent task at hand.
COVID-19 ORAL TREATMENT APPROVED
Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s prescription-only, antiviral treatment for COVID-19 in adult patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 who are also at high risk of becoming more seriously ill. Paxlovid is a treatment that uses a combination of drugs to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from replicating once it has infected a patient. You can read the federal government’s regulatory decision summary 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 Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington. Appointments are needed, with no walk-ins being accepted at this time. 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 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. To book an appointment, please visit www.wevax.ca.
Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available at the following locations this week:
- Tuesday January 18 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 1pm to 4pm
- Wednesday January 19 – University of Windsor St. Denis Centre – 2555 College Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday January 19 – Essex Centre Sports Complex – 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex – 10am to 3pm
- Friday January 21 – Libro Arena – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg – 10am to 3pm
TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS
The local health unit has lifted its letter of instruction that banned temporary foreign workers from entering the region. The local health unit has said that an increase in the isolation capacity for workers has allowed for the letter of instruction to be rescinded. You can read more here.
Windsor Regional Hospital announced that across both Met Campus and Ouellette Campus, 27 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials are recommending that anyone discharged from either hospital should self-monitor for symptoms and attempt to self-isolate for 10 days following their discharge. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.