The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 34 new high risk cases of COVID-19 today. 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 74 cases, and on Sunday there were 83 cases.
There are now 269 active high risk cases in the region, with 42 people in the hospital, and four in the ICU. There are currently seven community outbreaks, three hospital outbreaks, and six outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.2 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 83.3 per cent have received two doses, and 50.8 per cent of residents over 12 have received their boosters.
Across the province today there were 1,610 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn that number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 1,741 cases, and on Sunday there were 2,215 cases. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,156,656 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and currently there are 790 people in the hospital, with 165 in the ICU.
IN-PERSON JOB FAIR THIS WEEKEND
The Unemployed Help Centre (UHC) is hosting an in-person job fair this Saturday April 2 from 10am to 1pm at 6955 Cantelon Drive. According to their website, they are looking to attract job seekers for a number of landscaping and manual labour jobs. You can read more here.
RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS
Free rapid antigen tests continue to be available at select locations 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.
The mass vaccination site in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall is scheduled to close on Saturday April 2. Walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccination will be accepted until 3:30pm that day. The mass vaccination site is open for walk-ins on Tuesday from 11:30am to 6:00pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm. Students in grades 7-12 that have not started or finished their vaccination series for Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and/or Meningococcal Disease and want to receive the vaccine at Devonshire Mall, must book at appointment before April 1, pending availability. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit www.wevax.ca.