Good evening everyone,
Windsor-Essex has reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with seven more deaths. Five of these deaths were from long-term care homes and two were from the community. Of the 41 cases, 10 are related to outbreaks, 10 are from close contact from a confirmed case, 7 are from community spread, and the remaining 14 cases are under investigation. There are 721 active cases in the community, 82 cases in the hospital, with 9 of those 82 cases in the ICU. The total cases of COVID-19 in our community are 12,009 with 10,977 of these cases resolved. Ontario reported 1,837 news cases today, compared to 2,093 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, and 1,670 cases on Wednesday.
In this week’s epidemiological summary, Dr. Ahmed noted that 174 people lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 in January, which is more than the total of deaths in our community in 2020. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved ones. This week, our cases dropped from 300 new cases weekly per 100,000 population to about 175. The number of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 is declining, and hospitalizations are stabilizing, but remain high. Thank you to those in our community that are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is important we all stay vigilant to continue this downward trend.
The federal government has announced new restrictions on air travel. All Canadian travellers returning from overseas will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the airport and quarantine at a designated hotel for three days while they await their results. Travellers who test negative are permitted to complete the 14 day quarantine at home, while travellers who test positive will be required to quarantine in government designated facilities. Major Canadian airlines will also be suspending all air travel to the Caribbean and Mexico until April 30. In the upcoming weeks, non-essential travellers who are crossing the US-Canada border will also be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test.
As a result of the new travel restrictions, the Province is mandating on-arrival testing for international travelers at Toronto Pearson International Airport effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2021. They also announced that Public Health Ontario will be testing all positive COVID-19 tests for variants within two to three days of initial processing. This will begin starting February 3, 2021.
Windsor Regional Hospital announced that the outbreak on 4M at Ouellette Campus has concluded. However, they announced a new outbreak on 8 West (8W) at Ouellette Campus. The outbreaks that were announced last week still remain at the 6 East (6E) units at the Ouellette Campus, and the 4 North (4N) and 6N units at the Met Campus. For more information, click here: https://www.wrh.on.ca/uploads/News/Media_Release_Outbreaks_Update_Jan_29_2021.pdf.
Moderna is expected to ship 20-25 percent less vaccines to Canada than originally anticipated in February. France and Italy have also reported similar delays. This is because Moderna has “certain concerns around the manufacturing process." However, the federal government said that this won’t change the 2 million doses that are expected to arrive in Canada by the end of March.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Please continue to stay safe and follow public heath advice by staying home, wearing a face mask when out in public for an essential trip, continuing to practice social distancing of two metres from other people outside of your household (even if you are wearing a mask), and washing your hands often.