The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 312 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of two members of the community. Yesterday, we had 202 new cases, and from Saturday to Monday there were 1,108 cases. There are now 4,066 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 32,260 with 521 deaths related to COVID-19. There are now 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the hospital, with 15 in the ICU. Of the new cases confirmed today, 10 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 19 are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, two are travel related, and 278 are under investigation. There are 12 workplace outbreaks, 35 community outbreaks, 10 hospital outbreaks, and 26 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 84.9 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of vaccine, and 79.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Today, Toronto reported 949 new cases, Peel reported 914 cases, and Hamilton reported 359 cases. Across the province today there were 5,744 new cases, but health officials have warned that number is an underestimate due to testing limitations and backlogs. Yesterday there were 7,086 cases, and on Sunday there were 8,521 cases. There are now a total of 969,437 cases in Ontario since the start of the pandemic, with 4,132 confirmed cases currently in the hospital, and 589 of those in the ICU.
ADVOCATING FOR WORKERS
My colleague, MPP Lisa Gretzky, has joined my call for upper levels of government to step up with supports for casino and auto sector workers. Workers have been struggling, and these two sectors are among the hardest hit financially, with layoffs and shutdowns. On January 7, I wrote a letter to Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, calling for more federal supports for workers in Windsor-Essex. I called for the Deputy Prime Minister to ensure the gaming industry is included in the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, including coverage for workers who are in furlough, and to include the auto industry with the new Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program at subsidy levels equal to what they were under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program. In the wake of the Omicron variant and further restrictions we are facing, it is crucial that these workers are not left behind without the financial supports they need.
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:
- Thursday January 20 – Kingsville Vaccine Clinic (Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre) – 103 Park St, Kingsville – 9am to 3pm
- Friday January 21 – Libro Arena – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 ORAL TREATMENT
The federal government announced today that the first shipment of Paxlovid, the oral anti-viral drug to help protect against hospitalizations and death has shipped. Canada has purchased one million courses for delivery this year. You can read more here.
Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare has declared two new outbreaks in 3 North and 2 South units of the Dr. Y. Emara Centre for Health Aging and Mobility building, as well as Rehab 3 and Rehab 4 units of the Tayfour Tower. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.