The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting nine new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were 13 cases, and on Monday there were eight cases. Our region has had 16,751 cases and 433 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, three are from close contact with another confirmed case, and six are considered community spread. There are currently 89 active cases in our community, with 28 of those being variants of concern. There are 10 confirmed cases in the hospital, with three in the ICU, and 16,229 cases listed as resolved. There has been a total of 354,949 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 72.8 per cent of individuals 18 and over having received at least one dose, and 25.5 per cent of adults having received both doses. Across the province today there were 384 new cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 296 cases, and on Monday there were 447 cases.
A reminder that we continue to be in Step One of the province's reopening plan until at least July 2. The province's reopening plan provides that if Ontario has met the vaccination threshold of 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent of adults vaccinated with two doses, and provided that all public health indicators support the move into the next phase, we hope to move into Step Two of the reopening plan. This will allow more services to become available. Now more than ever, we need to support our businesses, children, and elderly by doing what we can to ensure we move into Step Two. If you have not yet received your first dose of the vaccine, or if you are eligible and have not had your second dose of the vaccine, we encourage you to speak with your doctor to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We want to ensure that with the current variants out there, we don't roll back the hard-earned progress that we have made.
Windsor has been chosen to participate in a series of digital conversations about various issues faced during and after the pandemic. The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), a charitable organization that works with city and community leaders to offer programs and initiatives to further the development of cities, has selected Windsor. These conversations are being held in collaboration with the City of Windsor, University of Windsor, and Windsor Law Centre. One of the goals of these discussions is to identify patterns in the city around things like migration, employment, etc. 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.