The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 558 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 2,645 cases, Peel reported 1,500 cases, Hamilton reported 665 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 506 cases. Yesterday, our region had 353 cases, and on Tuesday there were 337 cases. There are currently 2,526 active cases of COVID-19 in the community, bringing the total number to 27,733 cases and 497 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 52 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 48 are considered community spread, three are travel related, two are outbreak related, and 453 are under investigation. There is one workplace outbreak, four school/child care outbreaks, 10 community outbreaks, one hospital outbreak, and eight outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. There are 49 confirmed cases in the hospital, with nine in the ICU. Locally, 87.1 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 81 per cent are fully vaccinated. Across the province today there were 13,339 new cases of COVID-19 but health officials have warned that number could be an underestimate due to testing limitations and backlogs. The total number of cases in Ontario is now 841,371, and there are currently 2,279 people in hospital due to COVID-19, with 319 in the ICU. Yesterday, there were 11,582 cases of COVID-19, and on Tuesday there were 11,352 cases.
Health officials announced that Ontarians with COVID-19 symptoms can leave isolation sooner than the required five days if they have two negative rapid test results separated by 24 to 48 hours and their symptoms improve for 24 hours. The province is expecting to receive 54.3 million rapid tests in January from the federal supply that is expected, and has purchased 85 million additional tests. Rapid tests will be reserved for test-to-work plans so people can resume work sooner after an exposure, regular testing of workers in high-risk jobs, and for people with symptoms who aren’t eligible for PCR tests. You can read more here.
A group of Ontario hospitals are urging pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after a recent trend of infant hospitalizations have occurred. The call comes from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Kingston Health Sciences Centre after six babies younger than 12 months were admitted to Hamilton and Ottawa facilities due to COVID-19. The hospitals say that the infants’ immune systems have a difficult time fighting disease, especially without maternal antibodies transferred during pregnancy from vaccination. You can read more here.
The provincial government announced they will start accelerating booster shots for school and child care staff, beginning tomorrow in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, where priority bookings for education staff, including educators, custodial staff, administrative staff, school bus drivers, and child care staff will be available. The province says they will work with all other public health units to set up more clinics across Ontario. Additionally, optional non-fit-tested N95 masks will be provided to all education staff and updated screening requirements will be implemented. 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. 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.
The local health unit has declared an outbreak at Academie Ste. Cecile Child Enrichment Centre in Windsor. The local health unit has also rescinded the outbreak at the following six schools: Maranatha Christian Academy, Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Catholic Elementary School, St. Louis Catholic School, Jack Miner Public School, Forest Glade Public School, and Lakeshore Discovery School.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
French Catholic: https://www.cscprovidence.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp...
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/News/COVID-19Report/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2R6_WYMzK8njEzQqQisbpQuRQ67Cr-KEi-jEz_WYGsiaYmjCJhuLrUX0k#/=
CHANGE IN SERVICES
The Windsor Public Library is temporarily suspending in-branch services and has shifted back to curbside pick-up only. Staff will continue to provide enhanced online services and will assist customers with resources, materials, and questions. They will also continue their laminating services for vaccination certificates. A video describing the services and process for using the services is available here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.