The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 59 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 115 cases, Peel reported 54 cases, Hamilton reported 41 cases, and Middlesex-London reported fewer than 30. Yesterday our region had 66 cases, and on Wednesday there were 49 cases. There are now 350 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 21,154 with 468 deaths related to the virus since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 23 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 19 are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, and 14 are under investigation. There are six workplace outbreaks, six school outbreaks, 13 community outbreaks, three outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one hospital outbreak, with 21 confirmed cases and five in the iCU. Locally, 86.5 per cent of individuals over 12 have received one dose, and 82.9 per cent of individuals over 12 have received both doses. Across the province today there were 793 cases of COVID-19, the highest daily case count since mid-September. Yesterday there were 711 cases, and on Wednesday there were 512 cases.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations next week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:
- Monday November 22 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday November 23 – Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (Sandwich Location) – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Wednesday November 24 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Friday November 26 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
Today, Health Canada approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, and Canada is expecting an accelerated delivery of 2.9 million child-sized doses early next week, enough for a first dose for every child in that age group. Our local health unit is working on a plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccines locally following this announcement. The local acting Medical Officer of Health said that with continued outbreaks in schools, leading to more cases in the community, a higher youth vaccination rate will be good for everyone. Ontario’s Minister of Health has told Ontario parents to wait, and that the provincial vaccine booking system will start accepting appointments for children after the vaccine supply arrives. This is inexcusable. Other jurisdictions, such as British Columbia, have given parents peace of mind that comes with having pre-registered their five to 11 year-old children for vaccination weeks ago. You can read more here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School. One cohort has been dismissed. 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...
COVID-19 OUTBREAKS IN THE COMMUNITY
The local health unit has declared a new outbreak at Riverside Place long-term care home. You can find the full list of current outbreak locations on the health unit’s website here.
COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS AT THE BORDER
The federal government announced that starting Tuesday November 30, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents who are visiting the United States for less than 72 hours will not need a PCR test to return home. Any traveller who is out of the country for longer than 72 hours will still be required to present a negative PCR test to return to Canada. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.