Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - March 10, 2022

Published on March 10, 2022

 

Good afternoon

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 84 new high risk cases of COVID-19 today, along with the loss of two member of the community. Due to the changes in eligibility for testing and limited testing capacity, the rise of Omicron cases, and the shifted focus of case, contact, and outbreak management to high-risk settings, these case counts are an underestimate of the true numbers of individuals who have COVID-19 within Windsor-Essex County. The health unit defines high-risk cases as those coming from individuals who are eligible for PCR testing in accordance with Ontario's current testing guidance. Yesterday there were 77 cases, and on Tuesday there were 37 cases.

There are now 249 active high risk cases in the area, with 26 confirmed cases in the hospital, and six in the ICU. There are currently five community outbreaks, and five outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes in the region. Locally, 86.2 per cent of individuals five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 82.9 per cent have received two doses, and 53.7 per cent of residents 18 and over have received a booster.

Today, Toronto reported 305 cases, Peel reported 162 cases, and Ottawa reported 137 cases. Across the province, there were 2,125 cases reported today, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 1,947 cases, and on Tuesday there were 1,208 cases. There has now been a total of 1,119,564 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began, with 742 cases currently in the hospital, and 244 in the ICU.

 

ADVOCATING FOR AUTISM SUPPORTS

My caucus colleagues and I again called on the provincial government to provide a fully-funded needs-based Ontario Autism Program so that kids with autism get the support and therapies they need to thrive. The OAP wait list has skyrocketed to well over 50,000 children in this province. The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario found the current government is withholding promised funding, and spending only about half of what’s been budgeted. We need an Ontario Autism Program that provides support so all children can receive timely needs-based services.

 

MASK MANDATES

The local health unit has released a statement urging caution from residents as mask mandates get set to lift for most settings later this month. The health unit is reminding residents that the pandemic is not over and we should all be assessing our levels of risk in our daily routine and continue to protect ourselves if necessary. You can read more here.

Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare have said that personal protective equipment is still required and COVID-19 screening will continue to take place until further notice at those hospitals, despite the plans to lift mask mandates this month. Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare CEO and Windsor Regional Hospital President and CEO say that the hospital setting creates a lot of unique challenges, and the last thing any hospital wants is another outbreak. You can read more here.

The University of Windsor has also announced that they will be keeping their masking and vaccination policies in place until at least the end of April. The decision, according to the University, is to minimize uncertainty and disruption for the UWindsor community, and the decision is in accordance with recommendations by The Council of Ontario Universities and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. You can read more here.

 

MARCH BREAK TRAVEL

The local health unit is urging anyone travelling over March break to use caution and assess their individual level of risk, as well as the risk in the location they are visiting. Travellers should check travel updates issued by the federal government regularly, as restrictions can change rapidly. You can read more here.

 

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS   

The provincial government announced that 5.5 million rapid antigen tests will be available across the province each week. Please remember to store your test kits out of the reach of children, as there have been reports of poisoning after accidental consumption. You can find participating grocery stores and pharmacies here.

  

VACCINES 

First, second, and third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available at one of the three mass vaccination sites, located in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall, at Hotel-Dieu Grace HealthCare, and at the Grovedale House Community Hall in Kingsville.  All mass vaccination sites are now accepting walk-ins. Moreover, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available for individuals aged 30 years and older at any vaccination site. The Devonshire mass vaccination site is open Tuesdays from 11:30am to 6:15pm, and Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm. Grovedale House is open from 9am to 3:45pm Tuesday to Saturday for pre-booked or walk-in appointments. Hotel Dieu's clinic will be available from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To book an appointment, please visit www.wevax.ca.     

Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available at the following locations this week:  

  • Friday March 11 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm 
  • Friday March 11 – Downtown Windsor Public Library – 185 Ouellette Ave, Windsor – 9:30am to 3:30pm 

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.  

 

  • Percy