Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - November 23, 2021

Published on November 23, 2021

Good afternoon 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported 38 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of another member of our community. Today, Toronto reported 72 cases, Peel reported 35 cases, and the Southwestern Public Health Unit reported 32 cases. Yesterday, our region had 22 cases, and on Sunday there were 58 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 15 are from close contact with another confirmed case, seven are considered community spread, four are outbreak related, one is travel related, and 11 are under investigation. There are now 340 active cases in the community, with 19 of those being confirmed variants of concern cases, bring the total number to 21,310 cases and 469 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Across the region, there are seven workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, 15 community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one hospital outbreak, with 19 confirmed cases and five in the ICU. Locally, 86.7 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 have been vaccinated with one dose, and 83.2 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 613 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 627 cases, and on Sunday there were 741 cases. 

 

ADVOCATING FOR YOU IN THE LEGISLATURE 

Today, my caucus colleagues and I again called for the provincial government to provide paid sick days, including 10 permanent paid sick days for all workers and an additional 14 paid sick days during any pandemic. On Dec. 31, 2021, the government is taking away the three paid sick days Ontarians temporarily won in April after applying months of pressure. Those three sick days have been all that’s available to workers for nine long pandemic months. For a year during the pandemic, the provincial government fought against giving workers paid sick days because they didn’t want to spend the money. In that time, 455,000 Ontarians were infected and nearly 8,000 died of COVID. When they finally caved, the government’s three paid sick days were a tragic case of doing far too little, far too late.  Workers deserve the right to protect themselves and everyone around them by staying home when they’re sick. The Stay Home If You Are Sick Act that our caucus has put forward guarantees 10 permanent paid days which can be used for illness or to care for family, plus 14 government-funded paid sick days during a pandemic. It includes financial help for small businesses that would cover employees that take a sick day. 

 

VACCINES      

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. 

  • 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 Thursday November 25. Appointments can be made by calling 226-773-2200 or visiting the website here.

 

COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS   

The Greater Essex County District School Board confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 since last Friday. The cases were reported at Gore Hill Public School, Queen Elizabeth Public School, Sandwich West Public School, Colchester North Public School, Herman Academy Secondary School, and King Edward Public School. Two new outbreaks have also been declared at Gore Hill Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public 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...    

  

Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.  

 

  • Percy