The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 173 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths today. Six deaths were from long-term care or retirement homes, and nine were in the community. Of the new cases announced, 15 are related to outbreaks, 12 are from close contact with another confirmed case, two are considered community spread, and 144 are under investigation. There are now 2,519 active cases in our region, bringing our total to 11,230 cases, with 8.439 listed as resolved, 121 confirmed cases in the hospital with 17 people in the ICU, and 271 deaths. Across the province, 1,913 cases were reported today, 2,578 cases were reported Monday, 3,422 cases on Sunday, and 3,056 on Saturday.
The local health unit says an investigation is underway after a resident of a retirement home who had received a COVID-19 vaccination passed away. It is unknown if there is a link between the death and the vaccine; however, Dr Ahmed, the Medical Officer of Health for our region, said there are other factors, such as health history, and a number of issues that need to be taken into consideration. He emphasized that the available international data establishes that the vaccine is safe and the most effective way of preventing COVID-19. You can read the full article here.
Major General Dany Fortin, in charge of overseeing the logistics of Canada’s vaccination effort, gave an update on the delays for the Pfizer vaccine, saying that Canada will not be receiving any doses next week. He expects deliveries to be around 50 per cent of what was expected to start in the first two weeks of February, but he is hoping for clarification on that from Pfizer later this week.
Ontario reported that they have administered more than 200,000 vaccines and have completed the first round of immunization at all long-term care homes in Windsor-Essex, Toronto, Peel, and York regions. The Provincial Government says they are on track to vaccinate all long-term care and retirement homes in the province by February 15. As a result of the anticipated shortage, Ontario is planning to extend the period between the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for some situations to ensure that all of those who received the first dose will receive the second dose. They are also reallocating available Moderna doses to more regions.
The Prime Minister said today that any Canadians who still have international trips planned need to cancel them. The federal government announced that because of new COVID-19 variants being identified from other countries, new travel restrictions could be implemented without notice. You can read more here.
The COVID-19 outbreak at Windsor Police Service announced January 4th has been rescinded. The affected members have returned to their respective duties.
Please follow all public health guidelines to stop the spread of the virus, including wearing a face mask when out in public, continuing to practice social distancing of two metres from other people, and washing your hands often.