The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 201 new COVID-19 cases today, as well as 12 new deaths. Of the cases announced today, 51 are related to outbreaks, six are from close contact with another case, one is considered community spread, and 143 are under investigation. There are 2,490 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 9,246, with 6,554 cases listed as resolved, 93 confirmed cases in the hospital with 15 of those in the ICU, and 202 deaths related to the virus. The province reported 4,249 cases today, though 450 of those cases are attributable to a data upload delay. This is a new daily record of cases for the province, even without the data upload delay. On Thursday there were 3,519 cases, on Wednesday there were 3,266 cases, and on Tuesday there were 3,128 cases. The seven-day average also reached a new pandemic high, hitting 3,394 cases.
The outbreak at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, which was announced on November 29, has been rescinded by the local health unit. There were 38 employees, 20 patients, one physician, and two students who tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak. Sadly, three patients passed away due to the virus. You can read more here.
The Provincial Government announced new COVID-19 modelling is out and will be released next week. While the Provincial Government did not provide more details on the modelling, it was also announced that further measures to prevent the spread of the virus would be forthcoming. Our caucus has called on the Provincial Government to release the modelling now and to tell Ontarians what will be done to address it.
There is no excuse for inaction at this point in the pandemic when families are losing loved ones in long-term care every day, when our hospitals are full, ICUs at capacity, and cancer surgeries are being postponed. If your house is on fire on a Friday the fire department doesn’t wait until Monday to try to put it out. We need tougher public health measures immediately, backed by strong financial supports for business owners and individuals who need it. Ontario can’t wait a minute more to act.
The Village at St. Clair is expected to receive the Moderna vaccine on January 10, and eligible residents will be able to receive it shortly after. The long-term care home has been under a COVID-19 outbreak since early December, with 147 residents and 106 staff having tested positive. Latest testing returned 68 negative results, and the long-term care home also announced that 20 team members who had been self-isolating would be returning to work. You can read more here.
Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said that unless our region receives more vaccines, there will be a three-week stall as the hospital only has enough to administer the second doses to anyone who has already received the first dose. Our caucus has been calling for the Provincial Government to develop a more robust vaccination strategy. You can read the full story here.
The Federal Government provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and shipment timelines, saying that Canada will receive 6 million Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses by the end of March. 1.3 million of these expected doses should arrive in Canada by the end of January and 1.9 million by the end of February.
Please follow all public health guidelines to stop the spread of the virus, including wearing a face mask when out in public, continuing to practice social distancing of two metres from other people, and washing your hands often.