The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting two new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were three new cases, and on Wednesday there were no new cases. Since the pandemic began there have been 16,846 cases and 436 deaths related to COVID-19 in our community. There are currently 21 active cases in the community, with six of those being considered variant of concern cases. There are three people in hospital, one in the ICU, and 16,389 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 504,493 doses have been administered locally, with 76 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received at least one dose, and 61.8 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 159 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 143 cases, and on Wednesday there were 153 cases.
Our caucus has called for the government to implement a last-mile strategy to help those who have not yet received a vaccine to get one. We realize that every dose in an arm is a step closer to defeating COVID-19, but lately vaccination progress has stagnated. The current plan is no longer working, and we need to ensure that we are getting as close to 100 per cent vaccinated as possible. For those who are vaccine hesitant because of they have been hurt or discriminated against in the medical system, we need a culturally appropriate, province-wide push to reach them in their own language, through sources they trust. For lower-waged workers, we need a strategy that understands they can’t just leave work or necessarily take the time off if they have side effects from the vaccine. We still need 14 paid sick days to help workers get the vaccine and stay home if they’re sick. And for seniors, many of whom aren’t online, we need to do more to call them and go to them with vaccines – whether that means pop-up clinics in the lobbies of apartment buildings that are naturally occurring seniors’ communities or having local health units deploy in-home shots. We need this last-mile strategy to so we can help our neighbours join the effort to end this pandemic once and for all.
FLOODING AT WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Due to heavy rainfall, there has been flooding at both Windsor Regional hospital main campuses today. The water damage has not impacted patient services except for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Ouellette Campus, which is now closed. Any emergency patients who would normally receive treatment in the cath lab will now be diverted to other hospitals outside our region. All patients who are impacted today and this weekend will be notified. You can read the full release from the hospital here.
The City of Windsor has asked residents who see or are experiencing flooding to contact 311 via the Windsor 311 mobile app or through 311 online so crews can help where needed.
EASING BORDER RESTRICTIONS
The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the federal government is planning on allowing fully vaccinated Americans into Canada by mid-August for non-essential travel, though specifics on this have not been provided. The Prime Minister told the premiers of each province yesterday that if the vaccination rate in Canada remains on its current trajectory, fully vaccinated travellers from around the world could be arriving by early September. You can read more here.
COMMUNITY FAMILY FITNESS CENTRE
A new family-oriented gym that will put funds back into programs for homelessness, housing, food security, and youth health has opened in Windsor. Located at 900 Howard Ave, Community Family Fitness Centre will offer free sport and health and wellness programs to children and youth who may not otherwise be able to access these programs due to financial barriers. You can learn more here.
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.