Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - January 28, 2022

Published on January 28, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 221 new high risk cases today, along with the passing of a member 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. Yesterday there were 269 cases, and on Wednesday there were 202 cases. There are now 1,662 active high risk cases in our area, with 103 confirmed cases in the hospital, an 11 in the ICU. There are currently 14 workplace outbreaks, 28 community outbreaks, 10 hospital outbreaks, and 28 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 85.4 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, 80.8 per cent have received two doses ,and 50.2 per cent of individuals over 18 have received their booster shot.

Today, Toronto reported 845 new cases, Peel reported 690 cases, and Ottawa reported 343 cases. Across the province today there were 5,337 new COVID-19 cases, but health officials have warned that number is an underestimate due to restricted testing. Yesterday there were 5,852 cases, and on Wednesday there were 5,368 cases. The total number of cases across the province since the start of the pandemic is 1,021,436, and there are currently 3,535 people with confirmed cases in the hospital, 607 of those are in the ICU.

Nationally, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer has said that cases have peaked nationwide, and the number of new infections has dropped significantly. However, the number of people in hospitals with COVID is still at a record high.

 

RESTRICTIONS TO EASE NEXT MONDAY

Next Monday, the province will begin easing the following restrictions:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
    • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
    • Shopping malls;
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
    • Cinemas;
    • Meeting and event spaces;
    • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;
    • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings. You can read more here.

 

ADVOCATING FOR WORKERS

My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the provincial government to pass the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act, which would provide 10 employer-funded paid sick days for all workers, plus an additional 14 days during public health emergencies, such as pandemics. Instead, the government provided just three sick days, ad workers who used those days last year to get vaccinated are out of luck  if they or their children need to stay home because of Omicron. We must to more to protect all workers and ensure they can stay home if they are sick.

 

RESUMING SURGERIES

After yesterday’s announcement that some operations and procedures would resume on Monday, Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj has said that a pause remains in effect, and all provincial plans still need to be formalized as hospital officials are waiting for official directive. Musyj says that what is being proposed is a slow, phased approach and it could take weeks before non-urgent procedures resume. He is urging residents who are waiting for surgeries or other procedures not to call the hospital or their surgeons yet, saying that as soon as they know, they will share it with the community. You can read more here.

 

FLOODING AT ERIE SHORES HEALTHCARE

A burst pipe at Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington has forced the cancellation of some services and for some patients to be moved to other areas of the hospital. Services like ambulatory clinics and surgical services may be delayed. Any patients who will be impacted can expect to be contacted today to reschedule their procedures. More information is available here.

 

VACCINES

Windsor Regional Hospital has been given approval to use two new medications to treat COVID-19 in patients who meet certain criteria. Paxlovid is an oral antiviral treatment prescribed in pill form to help fight off COVID and reduce symptoms. Sotrovimab is an antibody infusion treatment, administered via IV. Both medications are in limited supply, and to qualify, you bust be at a higher risk of severe illness, including people who are immunocompromised, unvaccinated individuals over the age of 60, and unvaccinated First Nation, Inuit, and Metis individuals over 50. You can read more 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.  All mass vaccination sites are now accepting walk-ins. Moreover, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available for individuals aged 30 years and older at any vaccination site effective immediately. 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 next week:  

  • Monday January 31 – Ruthven Public Library – 1695 Elgin St, Ruthven – 10am to 3pm
  • Monday January 31 – St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School – 2800 N Townline Rd, LaSalle – 11am to 6pm
  • Monday January 31 – F.J. Brennan Catholic High School – 910 Raymo Rd, Windsor – 11am to 6pm
  • Tuesday February 1 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 12pm
  • Tuesday February 1 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 1pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday February 2 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
  • Wednesday February 2 – St. Anne Catholic High School – 1200 Oakwood Ave, Belle River – 11am to 6pm
  • Thursday February 3 – Forest Glad Arena – 3205 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
  • Friday February 4 – University of Windsor Education Building (Gym) – 2555 College Ave, Windsor – 9am to 3:30pm

 

LOCAL EVENTS

The Ford Fireworks will be returning to the Detroit River this year on Monday June 27 after two years of having the event take place remotely and be televised. You can find out more here.

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

  • Percy