The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported five new cases of COVID-19 today. Yesterday there weren’t any new cases reported, and on Wednesday there were five cases. There has been a total of 16,795 cases and 434 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, one is considered community acquired, one is outbreak related, and three are under investigation. There are currently 56 active cases in our region, 12 of which are confirmed as variant of concern cases. There have been 403,467 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 61.9 per cent of the eligible population having received at least one dose, and 30.2 per cent of the total population now fully vaccinated. Across the province today there were 256 new COVID-19 cases reported. Yesterday there were 296 cases, and on Wednesday there were 255 cases.
JUNE 27 MIRACLE
The June 27 Miracle will be taking place on Sunday and they are asking that anyone who can donate to please help by putting one non-perishable food item on their doorstep for collection by a volunteer. A range of items will be accepted, from personal hygiene items to non-perishable food items to dog food for pets. Collection will start at 12pm and finish at 4pm and the organizers are still asking for volunteers. You can learn more by visiting their website here.
Windsor Regional Hospital has again renewed calls for residents to get a second dose of mRNA vaccines, even if it isn’t the same one received as a first shot. This call comes after recent COVID-19 statistics from the hospital show that zero patients who were fully vaccinated for at least 14 days had been admitted to the hospital. You can read more here.
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday June 25, the local health unit has opened eligibility for second doses of a mRNA vaccine to anyone who received their first dose on or before June 2. This second dose is not available for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, as they must wait a period of eight weeks between doses. The local health unit has asked that those trying to book an appointment to be patient, as there may be a surge of people trying to book at once.
The health unit has also announced that youth focused time slots for the vaccine will be available next week in Amherstburg, Leamington, and Windsor. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to book first dose appointments between 11am and 12pm on June 29 and 30. The locations will be at the Libro Credit Union Centre, Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre, or the WFCU Centre.
To book an appointment for a vaccine, please visit www.wevax.ca or call 226-773-2200.
ADVOCATING FOR SAFE SCHOOLS
Our caucus has called on the provincial government to cancel their $800 million cut to schools, and instead invest in education so students, staff, and families can return to small, safe, well-ventilated classrooms in the fall. We have heard how burnt out families are from more than a year of disruptions and uncertainty due to the pandemic. Our kids are struggling with poor mental health and wellbeing. Kids need to go back to classrooms in September, and the government has the power to make it safe to do so. We are calling on the government to implement our Safe Schools for September plan, which includes:
- A classroom cap of 15 students
- Upgrades to ventilation systems to meet the latest standards and science on airborne transmission of COVID-19
- Offering two-doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to every teacher, education worker and student over 12
- More in-class supports for kids with special needs or learning challenges
- In-school mental health and wellness supports.
This is the last weekend to enjoy [email protected], the virtual version of Carousel of Nations. The virtual celebrations include demonstrations, performances ,and presentations from more than 20 cultures, with takeout food offered by some as well. You can find more information 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.