The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 42 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, 19 are from close contacts with a confirmed case, five are workers in the agri-farm sector, two are travel related, two were community acquired, one is a health care worker, and 14 are still under investigation. There are currently 341 active cases in our region, bring the total number of cases to 3,423, with 3,005 cases resolved, and 77 deaths. Across the province today, there were 1,373 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday there were 1,009 cases, on Monday there were 1,589 cases, and on Sunday there were 1,534 cases.
Dr. Ahmed, the Medical Officer of Health, has said that Windsor could be heading towards the Red-Control category based on our current numbers. The provincial government is expected to provide an update to the statuses for regions across the province on Friday.
The Auditor General’s report on COVID-19 was released today and revealed unpreparedness, delays, and conflicts in how the provincial government has handled the pandemic. The report also said the “Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health officials did not lead Ontario’s response to COVID-19.” Williams was barred from using the powers of his office to take actions that could have saved lives. In her report, Lysyk calls on the government to “immediately assess the role and strength of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to lead Ontario’s response in addressing subsequent waves of COVID-19." You can read the full report here.
The Provincial Government announced today that Ontarians should only celebrate the upcoming holiday season with people inside their own household. The government relaxed restrictions, delayed action, and eased public health protections which led to more shutdowns. Instead of acting sooner and with public interest in mind, these decisions forced more shutdowns in more parts of the province, with more people getting sick and many losing their lives. It’s heartbreaking to think about everyone who will be separated from their loved ones during the holidays, and it should never have come to this.
The Amherstburg drive-thru Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday November 28 at the Libro Centre from 6pm to 9pm. After the Kingsville parade drew more than 1,000 visitors last weekend, additional information regarding a cut-off point has been provided for potential attendees. You can read more here.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.