The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the these new cases, 13 are from close contacts of a confirmed case, seven are community spread, four are travel related, two are local health care workers, one is a worker in the agri-farm sector and 18 are still under investigation. There are now a total of 3,210 confirmed cases in our region, with 230 active cases, 2,903 resolved cases, and 77 deaths. Across the province, 1,418 new cases were reported today and eight additional deaths. On Thursday there were 1,210 cases, on Wednesday there were 1,417 cases, and on Tuesday there were 1,249 cases.
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Windsor-Essex will be moving into the orange – Restrict level as of 12:01am on Monday November 23. More information on what restrictions will be in place under this category can be found here.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Tam, said that by the end of the year Canada could see 60,000 cases of COVID-19 per day according to the most recent data modelling. This projection is based on contact increasing above current levels. At this time, Canada is averaging about 5,000 cases per day across the country. Locally, the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ahmed, has asked for all social gatherings to stop as our region continues to see case counts go up.
Starting on Monday, Windsor’s by-law enforcement officers will be conducting proactive blitz enforcement related to COVID-19 regulations. They will be looking for things like physical distancing, mask usage, gathering numbers in public spaces, along with certain businesses depending on the colour code. People who are found in non-compliance could face fines ranging from $750 to as high as $10 million in the case of a non-compliant corporation.
The local health unit identified three possible COVID-19 exposure points in Windsor and although the risk of infection is considered low, anyone who attended the locations is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. The list of possible exposure points can be found here.
A cohort of 24 students have been dismissed from St. William Catholic Elementary School in Lakeshore due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. A case of the virus was also reported at Tecumseh Vista Academy – Elementary. The health unit has been in contact with both school boards and anyone affected has been contacted.
Our Caucus released a statement today following the CBC Marketplace report that not a single charge has been laid in Ontario to crack down on roughly 30,000 price gouging complaints. The provincial government promised to crack down on price gougers who were taking advantage of people during the pandemic but failed to do so. You can read the CBC Marketplace report here.
The Prime Minister announced today that the Canada-US border closure would be extended until at least December 21 for non-essential travel.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering in public, practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.