The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 today, while Toronto has reported 56 cases, Peel has reported 31 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London both reported less than 30 cases. Yesterday, our region reported 31 cases of COVID-19, and on Sunday there were 45 cases. There are now 280 active COVID-19 cases in our region, with 126 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total to 20,980 cases and 466 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently seven workplace outbreaks, two school outbreaks, seven community outbreaks, one outbreak in a long-term care home, one hospital outbreak, and 18 confirmed cases in the hospital, with five in the ICU. Locally, 86.4 percent of individuals over 12 have received at one dose of the vaccine, while 82.7 per cent of individuals over 12 have received both doses. Across the province today there were 481 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 552 cases of COVID-19, and on Sunday there were 666 cases.
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:
- 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
WE-SPARK Health Institute will be hosting a student-led event to talk about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among youth. The event will feature a panel, including a science expert, a frontline worker, and college and university students. The event will take place on December 2 from 6-7pm and is open to anyone. More information and to register can be found here.
Moderna has submitted a request to Health Canada to approve their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six to 11 years of age. Health Canada had previously received a similar request from Pfizer which is still under review, though is expected to be completed in the next week or two. You can read more here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School. As a result, a class has been dismissed and is isolating. 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 provincial government announced that pharmacies will soon be able to offer COVID-19 testing to symptomatic people. Currently pharmacies are only able to provide COVID-19 tests to people who aren’t showing symptoms, who haven’t been in contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, and aren’t part of an outbreak investigation. You can read more here.
My caucus colleagues and I have called on the provincial government to pause this new program until the risks and safety protocols can be clarified. Pharmacies need to be safe for seniors, immunocompromised people, and parents with unvaccinated children, who all need and deserve to get their prescriptions without extra fear of being exposed to COVID-19. Sending symptomatic people that we suspect have COVID into that setting is going to cause fear and anxiety, and we can only hope it doesn’t result in vulnerable people getting COVID-19.
CITY OF WINDSOR RECOVERY TASK FORCE
The City of Windsor has established a COVID-19 recovery task force which will focus on the key areas of financial, social, community, and operational recovery. Additionally, the team will also be evaluating the way the city handled the pandemic to identify any improvements that could be made for the future. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.