The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 36 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto had 63 cases, Peel had 43 cases, and both Hamilton and Middlesex-London reported less than 30 cases. Yesterday, our region had 60 cases, and on Wednesday there were 30 cases. There are now 252 active cases in the community, with 167 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing the total number of cases to 20,848 and 466 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced yesterday and today, 32 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 23 are considered community spread, four are outbreak related, one is travel related, and 36 are under investigation. There are currently seven workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, six community outbreaks, and 16 confirmed cases in the hospital, with two in the ICU. A total of 647,738 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 86.2 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received one dose, and 82.3 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received both doses. Across the province today there were 598 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 642 cases, and on Wednesday there were 454 cases.
NEW COVID-19 MODELLING
According to new modelling from the Ontario Science Table, most public health units are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, and ICU occupancy could hit 200 early in the new year. Due to colder weather and more people spending time indoors, it is likely that the province will see an uptick and increased spread of the virus. Further, a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths are among low-income and racialized people, as well as essential workers. The Ontario Science Table has recommended a deliberate pause on further reopening at this time and to reenforce masking and vaccines as a way to help reduce the spread of the virus. You can read more here.
There is more Ontario can do to crush COVID-19 once and for all in our province, and prevent more tragic loss of life. Families in our communities know their loved ones are being put at greater risk because they’re sticking it out in workplaces like grocery stores and pharmacies, and because they have a lower income or are racialized. We must make testing more readily available and easily accessible to all frontline workers. Let’s give essential workers enough paid sick days to stay home when they have symptoms or an exposure. We can make vaccines mandatory in all health care and education settings. These actions are long overdue, and if the provincial government were to implement them now, we stand a better chance of stopping the deadly disparities and ending COVID-19 in Ontario.
HOSPITAL VISITOR POLICY
Windsor Regional Hospital has changed their visitor policy. Effective Monday November 15, anyone visiting an in-patient at either campus of the hospital or who is attending either campus with a patient for an out-patient procedure must be fully vaccinated. There will be limited exceptions made, such as if a patient is under 18 years old or is palliative, in which case the hospital is requiring a negative PCR test or a community based antigen test result taken within three days before the visit. Additionally, on November 15, patients will be allowed to have four essential visitors, however, only one visitor can be at the bedside at any given time. You can read the full news release here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations next week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:
- Monday November 15 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Monday November 15 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday November 16 – Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (Sandwich Location) – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday November 16 – CMHA Health Centre – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 12pm to 4pm
- Wednesday November 17 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday November 17 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Thursday November 18 – Connections Early Years Family Centre – 795 Giles Blvd E, Windsor – 1pm to 5pm
- Friday November 19 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 19 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
Health Canada has approved the Moderna vaccine as a booster shot for adults aged 18 and over. The booster is a half dose of the regular vaccine and should be given at least six months after the person has been fully vaccinated. You can read more here.
The Rotary Club of Windsor has announced that Art In The Park will return to Willistead Park next year, after it was cancelled the last two years due to COVID-19. The event will be held on June 4 and 5, 2022. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.