The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 today. Yesterday there were eight cases, and on Sunday there were three cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been a total of 16,742 cases of COVID-19 and 433 deaths related to the virus. Of the new cases announced today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, two are considered community spread, two are travel related outside of North America, and eight are under investigation. There are currently 93 active cases in the community, with 33 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 14 confirmed cases in the hospital, with three in the ICU, and 16,216 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 347,759 vaccines have been administered locally. Across the province today there were 296 cases of COVID-19 reported, the lowest daily number since September 2020. Yesterday there were 447 cases, and on Sunday there were 530 cases.
Anyone who received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine out of the province or country, and who would otherwise be eligible, is being asked to call the local health unit at 519-258-2146 extension 1222 to register for a second dose at a local mass vaccination site. You will be required to have an Ontario health card or other government issued ID in order to book over the phone. The online booking system and the vaccination booking call centre remain available to individuals 12 years of age and older who want to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or for individuals who received their first dose in Ontario and are eligible for their second. You can read more information here.
The province is expecting more than 2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of the month, and Dr. Ahmed says our region is expecting to receive a significant amount from that supply. Yesterday, he said that we will be in a position to offer early or shortened interval for the mRNA vaccine. You can read more here.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE LEGISLATURE
Over this past weekend, my caucus colleagues and I were in the Legislature, fighting against the government's use of the notwithstanding clause to force through their Election Finances Act, despite the fact that the courts ruled this piece of legislation as an infringement on the constitutional rights of Ontarians. Unfortunately, the government used their majority to pass Bill 307. Our caucus did everything we could to prevent the passing of this bill and tried to instead introduce motions to the government for debate, such as a safe school plan, a strategy to accelerate second doses, and supports to help businesses. The government, over the course of this last session, fought tooth and nail against proposals our caucus introduced that would have helped Ontario. We will do everything in our power to hold this government accountable and continue to advocate on issues that matter most to the people of Windsor-Essex, and across the province, including 14 paid sick days, an accelerated second dose vaccine strategy, investment to address the surgery backlogs, more supports for small businesses and their workers, and a plan to get kids back in school safely.
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.