Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - November 24, 2021

Published on November 24, 2021

 

Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 64 new COVID-19 cases, along with the loss of another member of our community. Today, Toronto reported 74 cases, Simcoe Muskoka reported 60 cases, Peel reported 43 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London both reported less than 30 cases. Yesterday, our region had 38 cases, and on Monday there were 22 cases. There are now 374 active cases in our region, with 19 of those being variants of concern cases. The total number of cases in Windsor-Essex is 21,374 and 470 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today 24 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 20 are considered community spread, one case is outbreak related, and 19 are under investigation. There are seven workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, 15 community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one hospital outbreak with 22 confirmed cases in the hospital and five patients in the ICU. Locally, 86.7 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 have received one dose of vaccine, and 83.3 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 591 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 613 cases, and on Monday there were 627 cases. 

 

ADVOCATING FOR WORKERS 

Today, the provincial government voted against our Caucus’ Stay Home If You Are Sick Act, which would enshrine 10 paid sick days for all workers into law, plus an additional 14 paid sick days during any pandemic. The temporary three paid sick day program currently in place will end on December 31, 2021. Workers deserve so much better. This pandemic has made is clearer than ever that paid sick days are critical to the health and safety of every Ontarian. Nobody should be forced to decide between dragging themselves into work sick and putting their co-workers, families, and larger community at risk – or losing a day’s pay and finding it even harder to make ends meet. 

 

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.  

  • 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 local health unit has closed St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School for in-person learning until further notice after an increased number of COVID-19 cases have been reported at the school. 

Since yesterday, the Greater Essex County District School Board has reported new student cases at Belle River Public School, Queen Elizabeth Public School, Herman Academy elementary, and a staff case at  Amherstburg elementary.  The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has reported two classes and a bus cohort being dismissed from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Elementary 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...     

 

CONDOMINIUM INSURANCE CONSULTATIONS

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, with support from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be conducting the condominium insurance consultations. More information and a feedback form can be found here, with the deadline to submit on January 7, 2022.

 

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

- Percy