Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - January 24, 2022

Published on January 24, 2022

 

Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

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 Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 500 new cases of COVID-19 since Saturday, 185 of those are from today, along with one death of a member of the community. There are now 3,344 active cases in our community, bringing the total number to 33,514 cases and 526 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 127 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 16 in the ICU. There are 14 workplace outbreaks, 33 community outbreaks, 11 hospital outbreaks, and 30 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.1 per cent of individuals over the age of 5 have received one dose of the vaccine and 80.3 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

Today, Toronto reported 886 cases, Peel reported 690 cases, and Hamilton reported 252 cases. Across the province today there were 4,790 new cases reported, but health officials warn that this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions and backlogs. Yesterday there were 5,833 cases, and on Saturday there were 6,473 cases. There has been a total of 1,001,455 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and there are 3,861 people currently in the hospital, with 615 being treated in the ICU. 

 

SCHOOL ABSENTEE DATA 

The provincial government has started sharing data about absences in schools, and as of today 337 schools in Ontario are reporting absences over 30 per cent. Parents will be notified when absenteeism among staff and students reaches 30 per cent, regardless of whether those absences are connected to COVID-19. You can find that data here.

This school COVID data being released is vague and offers little usefulness. Parents across Ontario looking at this information will be left with more questions than answers. We cannot risk students’ health, or more school closures. The goal must be to keep every school open until June. To do that, the provincial government needs to reinstate testing, tracing, and actual COVID-19 case reporting, so that parents are alerted whenever there’s an infection in their child’s classroom.  

 

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 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 25 – Kingsville Unico Hall – 37 Beech St, Kingsville – 10am to 3pm 
  • Tuesday January 25 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 1pm to 4pm 
  • Wednesday January 26 – St. Clair Beach Community Centre – 13731 St. Gregory’s Rd, Tecumseh – 10am to 3pm 
  • Friday January 28 – Libro Arena – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg – 10am to 3pm 

  

HYDRO ONE ENERGIZING LIFE COMMUNITY FUND 

Hydro One is now accepting applications for the Energizing Life Community Fund. Grants of $25,000 are available for organizations and municipalities focused on improving community, physical, psychological, or emotional safety, and are committed to cultural diversity in their community. You can read more here. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. 

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.  

 

  • Percy