Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - January 25, 2022

Published on January 25, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 164 cases today, along with the loss of 12 members 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. From Saturday to Monday, our region had 500 cases, bringing the number of active cases in our community to 3,051, with 538 deaths, and a total of 33,688 cases since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 15 workplace outbreaks, 33 community outbreaks, 11 hospital outbreaks, and 29 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.2 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, 80.4 per cent have received two doses, and 49.3 per cent of residents over 18 have received their booster.

Today, Toronto reported 570 cases, Peel reported 194 cases, and Hamilton reported 185 cases. Across the province today there were 3,424 confirmed cases reported, but health officials have said this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions and backlogs. Yesterday there were 4,790 cases, and on Sunday there were 5,833 cases. There has been a total of 1,004,879 confirmed cases, with  4,008 people currently in the hospital, including 626 in the ICU.

 

REOPENING CITY FACILITIES

The City of Windsor has said they are on track to reopen city facilities starting January 31. Included in this reopening will be the icepads at all four city arenas as well as some pools, while Museum Windsor, the Chimczuk Museum, and the Francois Baby House will reopen on February 1. Anyone looking to register for activities can do so at the City of Windsor’s website here.

 

MEGA HOSPITAL HIRES PROJECT DIRECTOR

Since my time on City Council, I have been working to see the new hospital come to fruition. From hallway conversations, meeting with local stakeholders, and statements and questions in the Legislature, I have been advocating for the need of a new regional hospital for Windsor-Essex. Last year, the government announced that we would be receiving $9.8 million to pay for Stage Two of the new hospital plan. Today, Windsor Regional Hospital announced their project management team to oversee the next stage of planning for the Windsor/Essex Acute Care Hospital, with Paul Landry being selected as the project director. You can read more on the next stage and the announcement here.

 

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. The mass vaccination site at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is now accepting walk-ins, while appointments are needed at the former Sears store in Devonshire Mall and the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington. 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 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 this week:   

  • Wednesday January 26 – St. Clair Beach Community Centre – 13731 St. Gregory’s Rd, Tecumseh – 10am to 3pm 
  • Thursday January 27 – Cottam Ridgeview Park Hall – 124 Fox St, Cottam – 10am to 3pm
  • Friday January 28 – Libro Arena – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg – 10am to 3pm

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.  

 

  • Percy