The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 27 new COVID-19 cases today. Of the new cases, nine were from close contact with a confirmed case, five were community acquired, and 13 remain under investigation. These new cases bring the number of active cases in our region to 200, with 11 people hospitalized and two of those in the ICU. Our region now has a total of 3,165 confirmed cases, 2,888 resolved cases, and 77 deaths. Ontario reported another 1,210 cases today and 28 more deaths. On Wednesday there were 1,417 cases, on Tuesday there were 1,249 cases, and on Monday 1,487 cases.
A new nation-wide trial that is focused on injecting antibodies to fight the effects of COVID-19 is underway and Windsor-Essex has been selected to take part. Eight patients in our area have enrolled in the trial which involves infusion of the liquid part of the blood containing antibodies. You can read more here.
Local mayors from Windsor and the county said yesterday during a conference call that they plan to step up enforcement when it comes to masks, social distancing and get-togethers exceeding provincial limits. Joined by members of the local health unit, they said that the rules apply to everyone, there was no room left for education, and fines will be issued for non-compliance. You can read more here.
During the provincial government’s announcement today that they would be launching a series of awareness, education and enforcement blitzes to ensure Ontario businesses are following public health measures, it was mentioned that tougher measures and restrictions would be coming to COVID-19 hotspots across the province. Our Caucus released a statement saying that we are in this position now because the provincial government refused to ramp up testing capacity and tracing over the summer and nixed public health restrictions as cases were spiking. We are calling for:
- Immediate direct concrete financial support to compensate small businesses and help with costs like rent and payroll
- Paid sick days for every Ontarian
- An immediate and urgent recruitment plan to hire at least 10,000 PSWs, with a permanent $5 per hour raise
There were two schools affected by COVID-19 in our region. W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary had two students test positive, and the cohort of 20 students were dismissed to self-isolate. The second school to report a positive case of COVID-19 was West Gate Public with one confirmed case. The health unit has said the schools will remain open and there is no additional threat.
The Town of Tecumseh has put together a number of holiday activities this year after the cancellation of the annual Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Claus Parade due to COVID-19. The announced activities include a variety of virtual, independent, and in-person programs, which will be conducted following provincial and local public health guidelines. More details can be found here.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice social distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.