The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting five new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were three cases, and on Monday there were three cases. There has been 16,874 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, three are from close contact with another confirmed case, one is considered community spread, and one is travel related. There are now 23 active cases in our community, with five of those being variant of concern cases. A total of 534,360 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 75.5 per cent of eligible residents over the age of 12 having received one dose, and 65.3 per cent of eligible residents over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 158 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 129 cases, and on Monday there were 119 cases.
The local Medical Officer of Health and other local medical health experts, have penned an open letter to the community, urging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible to help avoid a fourth wave of the pandemic. The letter says that we are starting to see cases going up in other parts of the world, as close as the United States, where the Delta variant is increasing in the unvaccinated population. Local health experts are also urging parents to get their children who are 12 and older vaccinated this week as time runs out to have them fully immunized before school resumes in September. You can read more here.
The Health Unit has opened mobile, pop-up clinics which will be offered from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the following locations this week:
- 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
Pfizer released new data today suggesting that a third dose of the vaccine could strongly boost protection against the Delta variant, as well as the other variants and original virus. The data has not yet been peer reviewed or published. You can read more here.
Windsor Regional Hospital announced that the Cardiac Catheterization Lab has reopened at the Ouellette Campus after forcing to shut down due to flooding.
The province announced that they will be running hospitals at 115 per cent capacity to clear pandemic surgical backlogs. We continue to call on the government to implement a major strategy to tackle the massive and growing surgical backlog as people continue to wait in pain for their surgeries. Virtually nothing has changed since the government underfunded clearing the surgical backlog by $700 million in the budget, and Ontarians are paying for it. The government’s plan still has no targets or benchmarks, and no plan to hire more staff – despite dwindling numbers as frontline health care heroes cope with burnout and exhaustion. We need an urgent, fully funded strategy to clear this backlog.
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.