The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has confirmed that a person under the age of 20 has lost their life due to COVID-19. I would like to express my sincere condolences to this person’s family and friends. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
The local health unit has reported 66 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 74 cases, Peel reported 40 cases, Hamilton reported 29, and Middlesex-London reported 13 cases. Yesterday our region had 49 cases, and on Tuesday there were 17 cases. There are now 326 active cases in our community, bringing the total number to 21,095 cases and 468 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today 21 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 19 are considered community spread, 15 are outbreak related, and three are under investigation. There are six workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, 13 community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one hospital outbreak where there are 20 confirmed cases, and six in the ICU. Locally, 86.5 per cent of individuals 12 and over have received one dose of the vaccine, and 82.8 per cent of individuals over 12 have received both doses. Across the province today there were 711 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily number in nearly two months. Yesterday there were 512 cases, and on Tuesday there were 481 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:
- 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
My office has received notice from the Ministry of Health that doses of the Janssen single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson have been received by the province. At this time, Janssen is only available to people who have a referral from an allergist/immunologist to receive a non-mRNA due to severe allergies. These doses can be arranged through the allergist/immunologist and the local public health unit.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at D.M. Eagle Public 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...
Over the December break, students in Ontario will be sent home with five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests each. The government’s testing plan is a voluntary program for those who choose to participate, and students will be instructed to take tests every three to four days over the holiday break beginning on December 23. You can read more here.
My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the provincial government to help protect students by releasing a detailed COVID-19 vaccination plan for children between the ages of five and 11-years-old so they can be inoculated when Health Canada approves the Pfizer vaccine for kids. That announcement is expected tomorrow. We need a plan for parents to register their kids ahead of time to help avoid the problems we saw in the spring of people trying to hunt for vaccines.
The provincial government has said that high schools will be permitted to shift back to regular semesters in February, though local school boards can make the change sooner if they have support from their local public health units. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has not yet said when our local high schools will make this change. You can read more here.
OUTBREAK AT LONG-TERM CARE HOMES
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at The Village at St. Clair where two staff members have tested positive. An outbreak remains in place at Chartwell Royal Oak Long-Term Care Residence in Kingsville. You can find up-to-date information on outbreaks in the community here.
Bright Lights Windsor will return this year to Jackson Park from December 2 to January 9 after an altered format was rolled out last year. Additional safety precautions have been implemented for this year’s event, including directional signage to manage the one-way flow of people, properly spaced attractions to avoid congestion, and mask requirements when physical distancing isn’t possible. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.