The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 21 new cases of COVID-19 today, while Toronto reported 61 cases, Peel reported 47 cases, Hamilton reported 17 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 20 cases. Yesterday our region had 31 cases, and on Saturday there were 18 cases. There are now 195 active cases in our region, with 110 of those considered to be variants of concern cases, bringing the total number of cases to 20,560 and 464 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced since Saturday, 36 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 17 are considered community spread, two are travel related, and 15 are under investigation. There are currently two workplace outbreaks, 5 community outbreaks, two school outbreaks, and 14 people in the hospital with a confirmed case of COVID-19, with three of those in the ICU. A total of 639, 276 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 85.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 81.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 422 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 340 cases of COVID-19, and on Saturday there were 356 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:
- Tuesday November 2 – Canadian Mental Health Association – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 12pm to 4pm
- Tuesday November 2 – Sandwich-Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Thursday November 4 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Friday November 5 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 5 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St E, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
The death rate from COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is the second highest in the province at 110 per 100,000, only behind Toronto at 117 per 100,000. Now in the fourth wave, our region has seen 25 people lose their lives to COVID-19 since the beginning of September. With our region’s slightly lower vaccination rate than the provincial average, health experts are calling for residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t yet and help reduce the chances that they will end up in the hospital. You can read more here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The local health unit says that they have not yet created a local roll-out plan for the province’s announcement last week to provide take=home COVID-19 tests in schools. The idea is that if a student displays COVID-19 symptoms at school, or is identified as a close contact, they can pick up a test at their school and take it at home. Acting medical officer of health Dr. Nesathurai said they will keep every option open and would only offer testing when they think that the risks versus the benefits support the testing program. You can read more here.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed one class from Holy Name Catholic Elementary School in Essex due to a single confirmed case of COVID-19. 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...
FEDERAL TRAVEL GUIDELINES
The federal government has announced that unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents, step-parents, guardians, or tutors, are not required to quarantine upon entering Canada if both the child and the parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors, meet certain requirements. These include the requirement that unvaccinated children must not:
- Attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g., long-term care facility), including with people who are immune compromised, regardless of that person’s vaccination status or public health measures in place.
- Attend school, camp or day care.
- Travel on crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking (e.g., crowded subway).
- Attend large crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event.
For 14 days, the child should limit contact with others, take COVID-19 tests as instructed, parents should report and monitor the child’s health, and maintain a list of names and contact information of anyone the child does come in contact with.
You can read the full guidelines here.
RESILIENT COMMUNITIES FUND
Starting November 10, 2021, the Ontario Trillium Fund is launching the Resilient Communities Fund. Eligible organizations can apply for funding for their community-based projects to help rebuild their capacity, deliver programs and services in innovative ways, and meet the needs of the community. The deadline to apply is Wednesday December 8, 2021 at 5pm ET. To review the requirements and learn more about the application, please click here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.