Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - May 2, 2022

Published on May 2, 2022

Good afternoon,

Congratulations Windsor-Essex on today’s announcement about the $3.6 billion investment towards retooling the Windsor and Brampton Assembly Plants to build electric vehicles. Thank you to Stellantis for making the investment in our community, to the federal and provincial governments for providing funding, to Unifor 444 for their advocacy over the years, and to the autoworkers for building the vehicles that Ontarians need.

My colleagues and I have long advocated for a comprehensive automotive strategy, given the importance of the auto and manufacturing sector in our region. We now need to ensure that Ontarians have the means to make the switch to electric vehicles. We need to create a Zero-Emissions Vehicles strategy and offer strong incentives of up to $10,000 to Ontarians who purchase ZEVs, excluding luxury vehicles, with a particular focus on those made in Ontario.

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 178 new high-risk COVID-19 cases since Friday. Of these cases, 57 were reported on Saturday, 59 were reported on Sunday, and 62 were reported 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.

There are now 253 active high-risk cases in our region, with 48 confirmed cases in the hospital, and three in the ICU. There are currently two community outbreaks, four hospital unit outbreaks, zero workplace outbreaks, and nineteen outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 86.6 per cent of individuals aged five and over have received one dose of the vaccine, 83.8 per cent have received two doses, and 51.6 per cent of residents over the age of 12 have receive a booster.

Across the province today, there were 1,275 new cases of COVID-19, but health officials warn this number is an underestimate due to testing restrictions. Yesterday, there were 1,410 cases, and on Saturday, there were 2,799 cases. There are currently 1,423 confirmed cases in hospitals across the province, with 211 patients in the ICU. The province has a 14 percent test positivity rate.

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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use

VACCINES

There will be pop-up vaccination clinics at the following locations this week:

- Tuesday, May 3 – Salvation Army Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 355 Church, Windsor - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

- Tuesday, May 3 – GO-VAXX Bus COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinic – 33 Princess St, Leamington - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

- Tuesday, May 3 - CMHA Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic - 1400 Windsor Avenue, Windsor - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

- Friday, May 6 – YMCA Gym Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic – 500 Victoria Ave, Windsor – 9:00am-3:00pm

- Percy