The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 31 new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were 45 cases, and on Saturday there were 39 cases. In Toronto today, there were 85 cases, Peel had 51 cases, while Hamilton and Middlesex-London each had less than 30 cases. There are currently 292 active cases of COVID-19 in our community, with 148 of those confirmed as variants of concern cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our region has had 20,963 cases and 466 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced since Saturday, 51 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 29 are considered community spread, 10 are outbreak related, two are travel related, and 23 are under investigation. There are currently six workplace outbreaks, four school outbreaks, eight community outbreaks, one outbreak in a long-term care or retirement home, and 15 confirmed cases in the hospital, with four in the ICU. Locally, 86.3 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 have received one dose of the vaccine, and 82.6 per cent of individuals over 12 have received both doses. Across Ontario today there were 552 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 666 cases, and on Saturday there were 661 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR YOU IN THE LEGISLATURE
Today in the legislature, my caucus colleagues and I introduced a motion to call for action to lower the cost of living. For years, it’s been getting harder to afford the life we’re working hard for, and to give our kids the kinds of opportunities their parents and grandparents had — the chance to buy a home, get ahead of the bills, and save for the future. The previous government did next to nothing improve the minimum wage from 2014 to 2017, sold off Hydro One and drove bills way up, hiked childcare costs until they were the highest in the nation, refused to regulate gas prices, and let the cost of housing spiral out of control. The current government has stalled a $10-per-day childcare plan from Ottawa, while parents shell out sky-high fees month after month. They refuse to regulate gas prices or to take action on housing or hydro prices. And on top of that, their low-wage policy means they have legislated a wage cap that forces the wages of workers in health care and education to fall behind the cost of living, and held back minimum wage for three years. That’s sent a shockwave right through the middle class, holding wages down while the price of everything goes up.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Our motion calls on the provincial government to end their low wage policy, restore the lost earnings of workers affected by the minimum wage freeze, which amounts to at least $5,300; take real action on unaffordable rent and soaring home prices; work with the federal government to implement $10-a-day childcare; provide financial assistance for small businesses affected by the pandemic; and keep their promises to lower the cost of hydro, auto insurance, and gasoline.
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:
- 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
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed four classes and a bus cohort from three schools after five confirmed cases of COVID-19 were identified. The school impacted are St. Gabriel School, St. Andre School, and St. Joseph 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...
The City of Windsor has said 91 per cent of Transit Windsor staff have confirmed their vaccination status ahead of the deadline today, however they expect to see some disruption of service due to staffing challenges. The city is encouraging riders to check transitwindsor.ca for updates ad use the TransitApp for real-time arrival information. You can read more here.
LOCAL COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURE NOTIFICATIONS
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has updated their public exposure notifications list with one new possible exposure location. For the list, click here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.