The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported five new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were two new cases, and on Wednesday, there were two new cases. Out of the five cases, one is a result of close contact with a confirmed case, one is from community spread, and three remain under investigation. There are currently 17 active cases in our region, with 4 of those cases being variants of concern. There are three confirmed cases in the hospital, with all three individuals being in the ICU. In our region, 64.97 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received one dose, and 54.81 percent of those 12 years of age and older have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 192 new cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 185 cases, and on Wednesday, there were 135 cases.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said today that the uptake for vaccines is declining, and as a result, our region is falling behind other regions in the province. In Windsor-Essex, 76.8 percent of adults have received one dose, compared to 80.6 percent across Ontario. Currently, only 54 percent of youth aged 12-17 have received one dose. This has resulted in Windsor-Essex having a vaccine surplus. In the wake of the Delta variant, Dr. Ahmed is encouraging individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The Health Unit has opened up mobile clinics and allowed same-day appointments and walk-ins to the mass vaccination clinics in an effort to remove barriers to getting the vaccine.
For the next week, pop-up clinics will be offered from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the following locations:
- Tuesday, July 27 – Windsor – William G. Davis Public School
- Wednesday, July 28 – Leamington – Queen Elizabeth Public School
- Thursday, July 29 – Windsor – Sainte-Therese French Catholic Elementary School
- Friday, July 30 – Windsor – Assumption College Catholic High School
- Saturday, July 31 – Windsor – Frank W. Begley Public School
THE FIGHT FOR 14 PAID SICK DAYS CONTINUES
CBC News reported today that there has been a poor uptake of the government's paid sick days program. This underscores the need for a permanent and expanded paid sick days program that’s properly communicated to workers and employees. The meager and temporary three paid sick days the government introduced came far too late in the pandemic and were nowhere near enough. The government refused to take action on paid sick days right until the third wave of the pandemic was on the decline. Having three sick days is also insufficient when side effects from vaccines can last several days, and recovery from COVID-19 can last at least two weeks. The government also didn’t do enough to communicate the program to workers and outline how they can access the benefits. We will continue to fight for permanent paid sick days, plus an additional 14 paid sick days paid by the province during an infectious disease emergency. Paid sick days must be a regular, well-known part of Ontario’s Labour rules so employees know: stay home when you are sick.
I hope everyone has a good weekend! Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.