Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - March 2, 2022

Published on March 2, 2022

 

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 88 new high risk cases of COVID-19 today, along with the loss of a 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 48 cases, and on Monday there were 61 cases.

There are now 277 active high risk cases in the area, with 41 confirmed cases in the hospital, and four of those in the ICU. There are two workplace outbreaks, six community outbreaks, two hospital outbreaks, and seven outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.1 per cent of individuals five and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 82.7 per cent have two doses, and 53.5 per cent of residents 18 and over have received a booster.

Today, Toronto reported 274 cases, Peel reported 113 cases, and Ottawa reported 132 cases. Across the province today there were 1,959 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday there were 1,176 cases, and on Monday there were 1,315 cases. Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 1,105,146 cases in Ontario, and there are currently 847 people in the hospital, with 273 of those in the ICU.

 

ADVOCATING FOR HEALTH CARE AND AUTISM SUPPORTS

The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) released a new report that shows the provincial government withheld $5.5 billion in promised spending, shortchanging health care and supports for children with autism. Instead of withholding $1.3 billion that he promised to spend on health care, the Premier should be doing everything in his power to get through Ontario’s 21 million backlogged medical procedures and surgeries. The provincial government is forcing millions of Ontarians to wait in pain, while their health deteriorates, for procedures like heart bypass surgeries or knee replacements because they refused to spend the money.
 
When it comes to the autism program, families are already forced to wait years to access supports that don’t even meet the needs of their child. Today’s report reveals a gut-wrenching and devastating fact to every family watching their child’s developmental potential slip away as they wait for help — this government is only spending around half of what they promised, so their children will have to wait even longer. Ontarians need their government to keep investing in the services they rely on as we recover from the pandemic.

You can read the FAO report here.

 

VACCINE MANDATES FOR CITY EMPLOYEES

The City of Windsor announced that they will continue to require their employees to be double vaccinated. Other cities, such as Toronto, York, and Clarington have said they are also keeping their vaccination policies in place. You can read more here.

 

GATHERING PUBLIC INPUT ON THE NEW HOSPITAL

Windsor Regional Hospital has launched an online engagement platform and a series of virtual town hall for residents to provide input on for the new Windsor/Essex Acute Care Hospital. You can find more information 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. 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 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

 

LOCAL EVENTS

The Essex Fun Fest is returning to Essex this summer after being cancelled the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place from July 7 to 10 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. You can read more here.

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

  • Percy