The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 22 new COVID-19 cases today, 58 cases on Sunday, and 38 cases on Saturday. In Toronto today, there were 92 cases, Peel had 53 cases, and Muskoka had 53 cases. There are currently 346 active cases of COVID-19 in our region with 26 of these being variants of concern cases, bringing the total number to 21,272 cases and 468 deaths related to the virus since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced since Saturday, 58 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 27 are community spread, five are outbreak related, three are travel related, and 25 are under investigation. There are six workplace outbreaks, six school outbreaks, 14 community outbreaks, three outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one hospital outbreak. There are 17 cases in local hospitals with 6 of those being in the ICU. Locally, 86.6 per cent of individuals over 12 have received one dose of the vaccine and 83.1 per cent have received both doses. Across the province today there were 627 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 741 cases, and on Saturday there were 728 cases.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week. Until November 25, vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. Eligible individuals can receive their third dose. Starting November 25, children aged 5 to 11 years (or turning 5 in 2021) will be eligible to receive their vaccination at a pop up clinic. Children must be accompanied by their custodial parent or guardian to receive a vaccine and will be required to present a health card or other form of identification.
- Tuesday November 23 – Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (Sandwich Location) – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday November 23 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 12pm to 4pm
- Wednesday November 24 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Wednesday November 24 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Friday November 26 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
In addition to the pop-up clinics, appointments are now available for children between the ages of five and 11 to get their vaccine, and shots will begin on Thursday November 25. The local health unit has says it is important to vaccinate kids to help lower the overall burden of COVID-19 locally. It not only helps protect a child from the disease, but helps to keep students in school. Appointments can be made by calling 226-773-2200 or visiting the website here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed four classes and a bus cohort from three schools after COVID-19 cases were confirmed over the weekend. Two classes and a bus were dismissed from St. Joseph School and one class was told to stay home from both St. James School and Holy Cross 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...
COVID-19 BORDER GUIDELINES
With PCR testing requirements for travellers entering Canada coming to an end next week, the local health unit is reminding residents that there are still federal guidelines that need to be considered. These include specific requirements for all unvaccinated children returning to Canada, regardless of whether their parents are fully vaccinated. Children are not to attend school, camp or daycare for 14 days, avoid crowded settings, and children are to refrain from using buses, subways and trains. You can find the full list of these guidelines on the federal government’s website here.
We received the following update from the Ontario Association of Optometrists regarding their ongoing negotiations with the provincial government:
“The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Ministry of Health have agreed to enter formal negotiations regarding OHIP funding of optometric care. As a sign of good faith, the OAO is pausing its job action as of November 23, 2021, ensuring that millions of Ontarians insured by OHIP can again benefit from the expertise of their optometrist during these negotiations..."
Should you have any questions, please contact the Ontario Association of Optometrists at 1-800-540-3837 or speak with your optometrist.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.