The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases today along with loss of two of our community members. Yesterday there were 36 cases, and on Wednesday there were 70 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 16,293 cases and 424 deaths linked to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today, 12 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 10 are considered community spread, and 16 remain under investigation. There are currently 352 active cases in our community, with 159 of those being variants of concern, 15 confirmed cases in the hospital, one case in the ICU, and 15,517 cases listed as resolved. There have been 234,052 doses of the vaccine administered, about 49.5 per cent of individuals of all ages having received their first dose of the vaccine. Across the province today, there were 1,890 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 2,400 cases, and on Wednesday there were 1,588 cases.
The Wyandotte Medical Clinic is offering first doses of the Moderna vaccine to individuals 18 and over today from 9am to 9pm. Individuals can either make an appointment by calling 519-251-1810 or walk-in. The Wyandotte Medical Clinic is located at 7885 Wyandotte Street East.
The province announced today that they will start administering AstraZeneca second doses next week to anyone who received their first dose of AstraZeneca between March 10 and 19. Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose beginning the week of May 24, 2021 to book an appointment. You can read more here.
EASING SOME LONG-TERM CARE RESTRICTIONS
The Ministry of Long-Term Care said they are moving forward to allow family members and friends to visit loved ones in facilities across Ontario starting Saturday May 22. General visitors can go to long-term care homes to see their loved ones for an outdoor visit with some stipulations, which include:
- A maximum of two general visitors at a time per resident, in addition to essential caregivers
- Children under the age of two do not count towards a maximum
- General visitors need to be screened on arrival and not go beyond entry points at the facility
- Visitors don’t need to undergo a rapid antigen test, as their visit will be outside
- Visitors still need to maintain physical distancing and wear masks
LOCAL AMENITIES REOPENING
West Beach in Lakeshore is set to reopen on Saturday after being closed down this week due to complaints of large gatherings. Mayor Tom Bain says that OPP will be present throughout the course of the Victoria Day long weekend and physical distancing and limits on the number of people are being encouraged.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Victoria Day long weekend. Please note that my offices will be closed on Monday May 24. Please stay diligent and continue following public health advice by only going out for essential trips or for exercise, wearing a mask in public, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart at all times when around others who live outside your household, and washing your hands frequently.