The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 49 new COVID-19 cases today in our region, along with the loss of another member of the community. Today, Toronto reported 54 cases, Peel reported 26 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London both recorded less than 30 cases. Yesterday, there were 17 cases in our region, and on Monday there were 31 cases. There are now 309 active cases in the community, with 112 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total to 21,029 cases and 467 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 19 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 16 are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, and 11 are under investigation. There are currently five workplace outbreaks, four school outbreaks, 12 community outbreaks, one outbreak in a long-term care home, and one hospital outbreak with 18 confirmed cases in the hospital, and five in the ICU. Locally, 86.4 per cent of individuals over 12 have received one dose of the vaccine, and 82.7 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 512 new COVID-19 cases. Yesterday there were 481 cases, and on Monday there were 552 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:
- 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
With Health Canada expected to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11-year-olds soon, my caucus colleagues and I are calling on the provincial government to roll out a plan for inoculating younger children that counters misinformation and lets parents start registering their kids for shots now. We are just weeks away now from an approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11-year-olds, and the Science Table has said we need a clear information campaign, school-based clinics, and an equity-based strategy to reach at-risk communities. We are again calling on the provincial government to take the simple step of letting parents pre-register their kids for their COVID-19 vaccines so they can have the protection of immunization the second the Health Canada approval comes.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at three additional schools: St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Leamington District Secondary School, and Riverside Secondary 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...
TESTING REQUIREMENTS AT THE BORDER
The federal government has said they will be lifting the PCR test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada after short trips under 72 hours. There has not been a timeline established of when this change of border requirements will take effect. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.