The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19 today, while Toronto reported 42 cases, Peel reported 33 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London both reported less than 30 cases. Yesterday, our region had 17 cases, and on Monday there were 11 cases. There are now 190 active cases of COVID-19 in our region, with 111 of those being variants of concern cases. The total number of cases for Windsor-Essex is 20,752 and 466 deaths related to the virus since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 11 are from close contact with another confirmed case, seven are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, one is travel related, and eight are under investigation. There are seven workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, with five in the ICU. There have been 645,981 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 86.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 82.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received two doses. Across the province today there were 454 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 441 cases, and on Monday there were 480 cases.
With tomorrow being Remembrance Day, I would like to first and foremost thank our veterans and active-duty service members for their service and sacrifice. I would also like to remind the general public that my offices will be closed in observance and will reopen on Friday November 12. Please note that City of Windsor administrative offices are also closed tomorrow in observance of Remembrance Day.
PAUSING THE REOPENING PLAN
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced today that the province will pause the reopening plan to further lift capacity limits in remaining higher-risk settings, such as night clubs and event spaces where dancing occurs. The reason for this, according to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is out of an abundance of caution as the province continues to see rising daily cases of COVID-19. These limits were set to be lifted on November 15, but instead the province will monitor data for 28 days from that point to determine when it might be safe to do so. You can read more here.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS AT RECREATION FACILITIES
The local health unit has amended their Letter of Instruction from September with regards to vaccination requirements at local sports and recreation facilities. The letter now provides for a three-month grace period for kids turning 12-years-old during which time they can receive two doses. They will still be required to provide identification during this three-month grace period, and once the twelve weeks after their 12th birthday has passed, they will be required to provide proof of vaccination. You can read the news release here.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK AT HOSPITAL
Windsor Regional Hospital has declared an COVID-19 outbreak at their Ouellette Campus on the 4 Medical floor. All five affected patients are asymptomatic and are residing in the same ward room. The outbreak was identified after a routine screening. You can read more here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:
- Friday November 12 – WECHU Leamington Office, 33 Princess St, Leamington from 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 12 – Leamington Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 111 Erie St N, Leamington, from 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Public School. The local health unit has contacted all those affected and is reminding parents to continue to monitor their children each morning for COVID-19 symptoms and to keep them home if they are sick.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
French Catholic: https://www.cscprovidence.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp...
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/.../COVI.../Pages/default.aspx...
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.