The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in our region today. Yesterday there was one new case, and on Monday there were four new cases. There has been a total of 16,843 cases and 436 deaths in our region related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 16 active cases in our community, with three of those identified as variants of concern. There are eight confirmed cases in the hospital, one in the ICU, and 16,391 cases have been listed as resolved. There have been 495,594 doses of the vaccine administered in our region, with 75.8 per cent of adults over 18 having received at least one dose, and 60.1 per cent of adults over 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 153 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 146 cases, and on Monday there were 114 cases.
Dr. Ahmed has again called for any residents who have not yet received their first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. Dr. Ahmed has said the Delta variant is spreading quickly in those who are not vaccinated, and we are beginning to see increasing numbers of that variant in Ontario. In our region, the lowest vaccine coverage rate is in individuals between the ages of 12 and 29.
The local health unit has announced that walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments for first doses are available to anyone 12 and older at mass vaccination sites; however, the Health Unit is still recommending appointments for the vaccine, as walk-ins are available pending vaccine availability. The list of vaccination sites is available here.
The COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the WFCU Centre will be shutting down at the end of the month and will be consolidated with the site at Devonshire Mall in the former Sears store. The WFCU Centre will then begin preparations to lay ice to have the facility ready for September. You can read more here.
NEW GUIDANCE FOR VISITOR TO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES
The province has announced that they are lifting COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated visitors, caregivers, and staff at long-term care homes, providing they aren’t showing symptoms of COVID-19. These people will be required to show their receipt of vaccination with their second dose administered at least 14 days prior to the visit. Additionally, long-term care homes will also be permitted to resume buffet and family style dining, and the limit on the number of visitors to homes will be removed. This change will take effect on Friday. You can read more here.
LOCAL AMENITIES AND SERVICES
The City of Windsor has provided details on when and how local services and facilities will reopen. Below are the timelines:
350 and 400 City Hall Square
- Appointments remain the most efficient and effective way to access the various services offered in the 350 and 400 buildings.
- The Parks and Recreation main office located at 2450 McDougall Street will open, but appointments are encouraged.
- Gymnasiums and other rentals resume July 19, 2021, based on demand and capacity, beginning with the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex and then expanding to other facilities.
- Programming of additional recreational activities, including registered programs, will resume September 13, 2021, starting with the WFCU Centre and the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex. Programming will expand to additional facilities as demand increases.
Arenas and Recreational Facilities
- The Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex will have floor-based rental space available on Rink A only as of July 19, 2021. Ice will be available on at least one rink as of September 7, 2021, and the second ice pad will be available for September 20, 2021, as the day camp will be using the floor of the second ice pad until it concludes for the summer.
- The Forest Glade Community Centre will have one ice pad available as of July 24, 2021.
- The mass vaccination clinic run out of the WFCU Centre will end July 31, 2021. Ice will be available on all community rinks (AM800, Green Shield and Corporal Grenon) as of September 7, 2021. The main bowl ice will be available for the start of the Spitfires training camp.
- The use of the ice rink at the Adie Knox Herman Arena as a food storage site for the Unemployed Help Centre (UHC) will end August 1, 2021. Ice will be available the week of September 7, 2021. The hamper program offered through the UHC will continue at Adie Knox Herman on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- The Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex is being used as a food storage and processing site for the 2021 June 27 Miracle food drive, and the community centre will remain closed to the public until further notice.
- The aquatic programming at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC) Presented by WFCU Credit Union and the WFCU Centre will reopen on Monday, September 13, 2021, after the outdoor pools and beach close for the summer on Sunday, September 5, 2021. Programming will expand to additional venues based on demand.
- Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union remains closed until later this fall to provide for staff training, recertification, and additional hiring, as needed.
Culture and Events
- Museums will reopen in the fall with updated capacity limits.
- It is anticipated that a modified Open Streets Windsor will be able to proceed on September 19, 2021, consistent with provincial government regulations and subject to volunteer resourcing.
- Should the Province remain in Step 3 of the reopening framework into the winter, the City of Windsor intends to re-offer the Bright Lights Windsor festival in December 2021.
- Transit Windsor will continue to operate on an enhanced Saturday schedule until September, when secondary and post-secondary students are anticipated to return to in-person learning
- Transit Windsor is consulting with St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and area school boards to confirm plans, schedules, and routes.
A complete list will be updated on the City’s COVID-19 page on Friday here.
CLIMATE AND JOBS
My caucus colleagues and I are calling for a program to create about 100,000 jobs, add roughly $15.2 billion to Ontario’s economy, and save people money every month through building retrofits. Tackling the climate emergency is an opportunity to create skilled, well-paying jobs and get Ontario on track to be net zero by 2050. Buildings are the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. Retrofitting them is a necessary part of achieving net zero emissions – but it will also make the monthly utility bills lower for people. We are calling for a program to retrofit at least five per cent of Ontario building per year to be more energy efficient and to make all newly built public, residential, and commercial buildings conform to net zero emissions by 2030.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask when you’re out in public, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.