The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 48 new high risk cases of COVID-19 today, along with the loss of two members 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. From Saturday to Monday there were 233 cases of COVID-19 in our region.
There are now 259 active high risk cases in Windsor-Essex, with 59 confirmed cases in the hospital, and four in the ICU. There are two workplace outbreaks, four community outbreaks, two hospital outbreaks, and five outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.1 per cent of individuals five and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 82.7 per cent have received two doses, and 53.5 per cent of residents over 18 have received a booster.
Today, Toronto reported 223 cases, Peel reported 70 cases, and Ottawa reported 56 cases. Across the province, 1,176 cases were reported, but health officials warn that number is an underestimate due to testing limitations. Yesterday there were 1,315 cases, and on Sunday there were 2,001 cases. Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 1,103,187 cases of COVID-19, and there are currently 914 people in the hospital with the virus, and 278 in the ICU.
ADVOCATING FOR YOU IN THE LEGISLATURE
Today, my caucus colleagues and I reintroduced legislation to ban residential evictions in Ontario until the pandemic is over. This legislation is to protect people and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by blocking the issuing and enforcement of eviction orders until the Chief Medical Officer of Health makes a written declaration that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Many Ontarians have lost income during the pandemic, through no fault of their own. People should not be forced to find shelter while the virus continues to spread.
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.
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. 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:
- Wednesday March 2 – Adie Knox – 1551 Wyandotte St W, Windsor – 9:00am to 2:30pm
- Friday March 4 – Windsor International Aquatic Training Centre – 401 Pitt St W, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Friday March 4 – Mackenzie Hall – 3277 Sandwich St, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Friday March 4 – Forest Glade Arena – 3205 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor – 9:00am to 4:00pm
The LaSalle Strawberry Festival is returning to the Vollmer Centre this year and will run from June 9 to 12. The past two years saw the festival cancelled due to COVID-19. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.