The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex today. Of the cases announced, three are close contact with a previously confirmed case, one is travel related to the United States, and two remain under investigation. Our region now has 2,949 confirmed cases, while 99 are considered active, 2,774 are listed as resolved, and there have been 76 deaths. Ontario reported a new record-high 1,388 cases today, pushing the seven-day average up to 1,154 cases. On Monday there were 1,242 cases, on Sunday 1,328 and on Saturday 1,132.
There are new cases to report in our local schools as well. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board is reporting a case of COVID-19 involving a staff member at St. Andre French Immersion Catholic Elementary School in Tecumseh. The Greater Essex County District School Board is reporting that two individuals at Bellwood Public School in Windsor have tested positive. In both cases, the individuals have been contacted by the health unit and any close contacts who might have been affected have been notified. Parents are reminded to continue to monitor themselves and their children for COVID-19 symptoms.
The health unit has declared an outbreak at Alumni Hall, a student residence at the University of Windsor, after an unauthorized Halloween party on campus. All 18 people who were in attendance are self-isolating. The health unit has said there is no ongoing risks to students at this time.
The Windsor Regional Hospital is launching a series of interactive webcasts called ‘Coping with COVID’ as a forum to share stories, ask questions and get answers from experts, in real time. The following sessions will take place on the hospital’s Facebook page via Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 12pm:
- November 18 – The COVID-19 Experience
- November 25 – Mental Health
- December 2 – Related Research
Windsor city council has agreed to fund a $20,000 request from the Windsor Parade Corporation to stage their reverse parade due to COVID-19. In the reverse parade, the floats will remain stationary while residents drive by in their cars. This year’s parade will run on Saturday December 5 from 6pm to 9pm at St. Clair College. You can read more here.
Today, the provincial government announced a new tool to give municipalities more flexibility in providing property tax reductions for small businesses. This tool can be used starting in 2021. The provincial government also announced that the change to the employer health tax exemption will be made permanent. The full release can be read here.
The federal government announced today that Health Canada has approved a new rapid test, the BD Veritor, which is a hand-held device that provides a diagnosis in 15 minutes. The government has ordered 7.6 million tests, with the first deliveries expected in the next few weeks.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.