The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported eight new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were three cases, and on Saturday there were 10 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been ta total of 16,729 cases, and 433 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today, four are from close contact with another confirmed case, one is considered community spread, one is travel related outside of North America, and two are under investigation. There are currently 109 active cases in our community, with 50 of those being variants of concern. There are 14 confirmed cases in the hospital, with three in the ICU, and 16,187 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 343,182 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 72.5 per cent of individuals 18 and over having received at least one dose, and 22.4 per cent of adults over 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 447 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 530 cases, and on Saturday there were 502 cases.
A drive-thru vaccine clinic will be offered on Wednesday in Kingsville at the St. John de Brebeuf parking lot at 67 Main St East from 1pm to 7pm. The drive-thru vaccine clinic is open to anyone 18+ wanting their first dose, 18+ vaccinated before April 18 and wanting their second dose of Moderna, 70+ vaccinated before May 18 and wanting their second dose of Moderna, or anyone who received their first dose of AstraZeneca on or before March 23 and looking to receive their second dose of Moderna. No appointment is necessary.
The local health unit announced they will begin to administer second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to local temporary foreign workers this week and next week, with the goal of getting the workers completely vaccinated within a couple weeks. You can read more here.
LONG-TERM CARE WORKERS ABLE TO RESUME WORK IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
The local health unit announced that starting today, LTC and retirement home workers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to work at more than one facility. Workers were previously restricted to work at only one location to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to multiple facilities.
Because of low wages and limited hours, many PSWs have no choice but to work at multiple facilities. This pandemic has highlighted the need for more PSWs and for better standards of care. My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the government to hire 10,000 PSWs and ensure they have a living wage that reflects the hard work they put forward to take of our loved ones in LTC and retirement homes.
PROVINCIAL BORDERS TO REOPEN
The province announced that provincial border restrictions will be lifted on Wednesday, allowing for travel by land and water between Ontario and Quebec and Manitoba. As it stands now, travellers entering Ontario for purposes other than work, medical care, transportation of goods and exercising Indigenous treaty rights will be turned away. You can read 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.