The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting three cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and today. There has now been a total of 16,847 cases and 436 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases reported this weekend and today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, one is considered community spread, and one is under investigation. There are currently 14 active cases in our community, with three considered variant of concern cases. There are three confirmed cases in the hospital, all of which are in the ICU, and 16,397 cases have been listed as resolved. There has been a total of 513,036 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 76.3 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received at least one dose, and 63.4 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there 130 new cases of COVID-19 and no new additional deaths. Yesterday there were 177 cases, and on Saturday there were 176 cases.
The local health unit has announced two mobile vaccination clinics this week. No appointments are needed:
- Frank W. Begley Public School, located at 1093 Assumption St, will offer a vaccine to anyone 12 years and older from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday.
- William G. Davis Public School, located at 2855 Rivard St, will offer a vaccine to anyone 12 years and older from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION GRANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Small businesses with a brick-and-mortar location and one to 50 employees can apply for $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants, which they can use to purchase new technology and digital services. This is part of the Digital Main Street program, a partnership between the province and the federal government. You can read more about the Digital Transformation Grant and how to apply here.
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has instructed post-secondary institutions to prepare for a fall semester with no capacity limits on in-person classes and activities, and to finalize and publicly post their back-up instruction plans in the event of another COVID-19 outbreak. Colleges and universities will still be required to follow all public health and workplace safety rules, including mandatory mask use indoors. You can read more here.
While the reopening of Ontario’s colleges and universities is exciting news, resuming classes at this stage of the pandemic is more complicated than just opening the doors. The government must provide all publicly-funded colleges and universities with badly needed funding for onsite rapid testing, upgraded ventilation systems that meet airborne transmission standards and to allow physical distancing in classrooms. We cannot ignore skyrocketing demands for youth mental health services across the province. The government must increase mental health commitments to colleges and universities to ensure students’ diverse needs are met as they return for in-person learning. Given data demonstrating that Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, this must include dedicated funding for culturally responsive mental health supports. We will continue to advocate for the proper funding and supports for students to safely return to campus in the fall and for the government to make students a priority.
EASING BORDER RESTRICTIONS
The federal government announced that beginning August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents will be allowed back into Canada without the 14-day quarantine requirement. All travellers will still be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result and proof of vaccination prior to arrival by way of the ArriveCAN app or web portal, and children who are too young to be vaccinated will be allowed to skip quarantine. Canada Border Services Agency officials will also be subjecting random travellers to a mandatory test upon arrival. You can read more details here.
As our region continues to deal with the flooding from last week, City of Windsor crews will be picking up any damaged flood goods later this week. Pick up is only available to those not going through insurance as insurance providers will handle clean-up for their clients. Residents are asked to call 311 before Thursday to schedule a pick up.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES WEB PORTAL
The Downtown Windsor BIA has launched a web portal connecting job seekers with businesses looking to hire. The portal can be found 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.