The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 13 new cases today, as well as the loss of a community member. Out of these 13 cases, 5 cases are from close contact with a confirmed case, 2 cases are community acquired, and 7 cases remain under investigation. There are currently 147 active cases with 60 of those cases being variants of concern. There are 16 people in the hospital with COVID -19, 14 people from Windsor-Essex County, with 13 people in acute care and 3 people in the ICU. There are now 16,109 resolved cases in Windsor-Essex. In Ontario, there were 411 new cases of COVID-19 reported today, the second day in a row that cases dipped below 500 with 469 cases being reported yesterday.
UPDATE ON VACCINE ROLLOUT
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has now expanded eligibility for the second dose to individuals who received their first Pfizer or Moderna dose on or before April 18th. The Health Unit notes that you do not have to receive your second dose at the same location in which you received your first dose. To book an appointment, visit wevax.ca or call 226-773-2200. Additionally, the Health Unit is still offering a second dose wait list for individuals who received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna in April. The waitlist is for all of the mass vaccination clinics, and you will only be contacted if a time becomes available for the day you selected. They ask that individuals only attend a mass vaccination clinic if they have an approved appointment.
DRIVING TESTS TO RESUME
The provincial government announced today that driving tests across the province will resume on Monday, June 14th, 2021. There will be an increase in driving examiners, support staff, and hours to help address the backlog. To book your road test, visit DriveTest.ca. Please note that DriveTest.ca is the only official channel for booking a road test.
CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR SAFE SCHOOLS
During a legislative committee session today, Minister Lecce revealed that Ontario’s school repair backlog now sits at $16.8 billion, a whopping $1-billion jump since this government took office. Included in the long lists of required repairs in schools are HVAC systems, a dangerous issue to neglect given that the airborne COVID-19 virus thrives in enclosed spaces. We are hearing from parents and teachers who are worried that windows that don’t open and HVAC systems that are outdated or broken no longer just make schools uncomfortable — they could make them unsafe. The federal government provided funding during the pandemic for infrastructure and ventilation upgrades, and this funding could have been used towards addressing the backlog. We continue to urge the government to invest in our schools so that they are safe to reopen and kids can get back to in-school learning.
CANCELLATION OF THE WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Windsor International Film Festival announced that they will not host the 2021 festival due to challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was initially planned for November, but the unknowns of the pandemic have made it difficult for staff and volunteers to plan the event. They plan on hosting it again in November 2022.
Please continue to practice physical distancing of 2 metres with members outside of your household, wear a mask while you’re out in public, and wash your hands frequently.