The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting an increase of 35 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, 15 are workers in the agri-farm sector, five are from confirmed close contacts, two are healthcare workers, and 13 are still being investigated. There are currently 185 active cases in our region, with the total number now sitting at 3,044, with 2,783 resolved cases, and 76 deaths. Across the province, 1,396 new cases were reported today, 1,575 cases on Thursday, 1,426 cases on November 11, and 1,388 cases on November 10.
The provincial government has moved Windsor-Essex into the yellow or “protect” COVID-19 category after only adopting the guidelines of the green or “prevent” category on Tuesday, which included expanded hours of operation for restaurants and bars. These changes will come into effect on Monday November 16 at 12:01am. More information can be found here.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued the following additional instructions that will also come into effect on Monday November 16 at 12:01am:
General instructions for residents:
- Zero tolerance on all COVID-19 prevention measures.
- Social gatherings to cap 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors irrespective of the event.
- Minimize your close contacts to your household members only.
- Minimize visiting to a private home or residential premise, including social gatherings (both indoor and outdoor) except for essential reasons.
- Cancel, postpone, or hold virtually any other discretionary in-person activities, or participate only with your household and essential supports.
- Enable, as possible, work from home options for employees.
- Prohibit non-essential visitors (persons whose presence is not essential to the functioning of the workplace as a workplace) from attending their facilities.
- Prohibit consumption of food or drink while walking through malls.
Retail and Grocery Stores instructions:
- Designate specific store hours to serve seniors who do not have any other support systems for essential grocery needs.
- Restrict the number of people in the store to allow for physical distancing.
- Ensure signage for flow of customers and staff to minimize any close physical contact.
Personal Care Services instructions:
- No personal care services that require the removal of a mask or face covering.
- Locker rooms, change rooms, and showers must be closed, except a washroom or a portion of business that is used to provide first aid.
- Whirlpools, baths, floating pools or sensory deprivation pods must be closed, unless they are used for a therapeutic purpose prescribed by, or administered by a regulated health professional.
Gyms and Fitness Centres instructions:
- Strictly follow the number of people allowed in the establishment under the regulations.
- Direct participants to pre-register for a specific group class that might be offered (i.e., no walk-in participants permitted), in addition to the provincially mandated registration to enter the facility.
- Maintain class lists with names and contact information of participants to assist with cohorting and contact tracing in the event of an exposure.
- Retain class contact lists for a period of at least one month; and only disclose the records to a MOH or an inspector under the HPPA on request for a purpose specified in Section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.
Spectators in the facility:
- No spectators are permitted in the facility. One parent or guardian or other caregiver may accompany each person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in activities in the facility.
More information can be found here.
More cases of COVID-19 have been reported at local schools. W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School in Windsor dismissed 19 students due to a positive test and Ecole Catholique Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville reported one case. Anyone affected has been notified by the local health unit.
The Harrow and Comber fairs will be getting a funding boost from the province after being forced to cancel this summer due to COVID-19. The Ontario government is contributing $5 million to be split between 200 agricultural societies across the province.
Leamington is notifying its residents and property owners that penalty and interest charges will soon be reinstated. Penalty and interest fees were waived at the beginning of the pandemic to provide financial relief to residents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more here.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering in public, practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.