The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 10 new COVID-19 cases in our region today, while Toronto had 42 cases, Peel had 36 cases, Hamilton had 21 cases, and Middlesex-London had 4 cases. Yesterday, our region had 21 cases, and on Sunday there were 31 cases. There are now 178 active cases in our region, with 100 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total to 20,570 cases and 464 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, five are from close contact with another confirmed case, one is considered community spread, and four are under investigation. There is one workplace outbreak, one school outbreak, five community outbreaks, and nine confirmed cases in the hospital, with five in the ICU. There have been 639,843 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 85.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 81.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 331 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 422 cases, and on Sunday there were 340 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR A LIVING WAGE
We have seen a year and a half of very difficult pandemic working conditions, and minimum wage workers in Ontario have seen the cost-of-living skyrocket past their wages. Every month, they have to make tough decisions around paying their rent and putting food on the table. Many of these minimum wage workers have helped us all get through this pandemic. No one who works full time should be struggling to make ends meet or living in poverty. The Government announced that they will introduce legislation that, if passed, will increase minimum wage from $14.25 to $15 per hour effective January 1, 2022. Workers need a bare minimum of $17 an hour to cover the cost of living. All workers in Ontario deserve to receive a decent wage that lets them build their lives in our great province, and our caucus will continue to advocate for this.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations next week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:
- Thursday November 4 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Friday November 5 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 5 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St E, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has identified a case of COVID-19 at both Kennedy and Massey Secondary Schools. 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...
Windsor International Airport is not included in the newest list from the federal government of Canadian airports able to accept international flights as of November 30, 2021. The federal government has said that consideration will be given to adding additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.