Please note that my office will be closed July 1 and 2, reopening on Monday July 5. If you require assistance for an urgent matter, please email my office at [email protected] or [email protected] or call at 519-251-5199 or 416-325-6773. All other inquires will be addressed next week.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 10 new COVID-19 cases in the region along with one additional death that comes from a member of the community. Yesterday there were three new cases, and on Monday there were eight cases. Since the pandemic began there have been 16,830 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today, four are considered community acquired, one is travel related to the United States, and five are under investigation. There are currently 60 active cases in our community, with five of those being confirmed as variant of concern cases. There are 16 confirmed cases in the hospital, with six in the ICU, and 16,335 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 429,726 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 74.4 per cent of individuals over the age of 18 having received their first dose, and nearly 45 per cent of individuals over the age of 18 having received both doses of the vaccines. Across the province today there were 184 new cases reported. Yesterday there were 209 cases, and on Monday there were 210 cases.
ONTARIO ENTERS STEP TWO OF REOPENING PLAN
The province entered Step Two of the reopening framework today and Dr. Ahmed has reminded residents that it is important to continue wearing masks in public indoor spaces and follow the gathering guidelines to ensure we continue curbing the spread of COVID-19. Under Step Two, personal care services like hair and nail salons have reopened with capacity limits, and outdoor dining has been increased. You can read the full Step Two guidelines here.
SCHOOL BUS REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER
Windsor-Essex Student Transportation Services is advising parents to register their kids for school buses, even if they aren’t sure if their children will be returning to in-person learning. School bus routes are being mapped out now, so preregistration is important to ensure that students have a ride to school. If parents decide to have their children learn remotely instead, it is easier to remove them from the list. Parents are being asked to register their children for buses by July 2. You can read more here.
As we continue to experience high temperatures and residents are looking for ways to cool off, there are new weekly test results for water quality at local beaches. The health unit is recommending that people not swim at Sandpoint Beach, Belle River Beach, Mettawas Beach, and Cedar Beach due to high bacteria levels. All other beaches in the area have been given the green light. 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.