The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting five new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were five cases, and on Tuesday there were three cases. There has been a total of 16,879 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, two are considered community spread, and two are under investigation. There are now 24 active cases in the community, with two of those being considered variant of concern cases, and 16,420 cases have been listed as resolved. There have been a total of 535,791 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 75.6 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received one dose, and 65.6 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 218 cases. Yesterday there were 158 cases, and on Tuesday there were 129 cases.
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:
- Friday, July 30 – Windsor – Assumption College Catholic High School
- Saturday, July 31 – Windsor – Frank W. Begley Public School
Windsor Regional Hospital’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Saad, said that it could take a year to catch up on the surgery backlogs, and that without the staff and personnel to do these procedures and look after patients, it’ll be even more difficult to catch up. This echoes what our caucus has been calling for from the government, namely to implement a major strategy to deal with the backlog. The provincial government underfunded clearing the surgical backlog by $700 million in the last budget, and they have not identified targets or benchmarks, nor have they hired more staff. We continue to call on the provincial government to implement a fully funded strategy, urgently. You can read more about the surgery backlog at WRH here.
RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
The past year has been tough for so many families, and parents have seen their kids’ mental health and emotional health suffer. With less than six weeks until the first day of school for most Ontario students, our caucus has again called for the provincial government to tell families what the plan is for a safe return to in-person learning. Kids and parents need to know if the government has a plan to make sure this school year is uninterrupted for our students. We are calling on the government to invest in the necessary supports and resources to make school safe, including making classes smaller, boosting testing and contact tracing in schools, improving ventilation, providing extra mental health supports for kids, and paid sick days for all parents, teachers, and education workers.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON SAFE CONSUMPTION SITE
The Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy (WECOSS) will be hosting four virtual town halls on the proposed location of the new consumption and treatment service facility downtown. These town halls will be an opportunity for residents and potential user groups to learn more about the program and site, as well as provide feedback. The sessions will be held on August 3 from 6pm-7:30pm, August 4 from 9am-10:30am, August 5 from 6pm-7:30pm, and August 6 from 12pm-1:30pm. There is no fee to attend the town halls. You can learn more and register here:.
The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) announced that they are closing some downtown streets for the upcoming long weekend for extended patios, live entertainment, and shopping. Closures will take place along Ouellette Ave between Wyandotte St and Riverside Dr, along with a portion of University Ave and Pitt St. The street closures will begin at 5pm on Friday evening and continue until Sunday night.
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.