The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 41 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, five are from close contacts of a confirmed positive case, five are local health care workers, one is a worker in the agri-farm sector and 25 are still under investigation. There are currently 424 active cases in the region, bringing the total number to 3,637 of cases to 3,637, with 3,134 resolved cases and 79 deaths. Across the province today there were 1,746 new cases of COVID-19, on Sunday there were 1,708 cases, and on Saturday there were 1,855 cases.
The local health unit has reiterated their warning to the public to limit close contacts. Over the last week, at least 121 of the reported cases have been from a confirmed close contact.
Our region entered the Red-Control level today for restrictions as set out by the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework. In response to the 10 person per room limit, all City of Windsor recreational services at pools, arenas, and community centres have been shut down for at least two weeks. You can read the full details of the new restrictions here.
The Ontario government released the details about the Support For Learners program today which will provide financial support to eligible parents or guardians for each child under the age of 12 or under the age of 21 with special needs. The application will be open until January 15, 2021. More details and how to apply can be found here.
Three student cohorts at two schools in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board have been dismissed due to COVID-19 cases; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School and St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School. The school board learned of the cases on Sunday and told parents to keep the affected students home from school today. Another case was also reported in the Greater Essex County District School Board at General Brock Public School. The school remains open and all affected staff and students have been notified.
The University of Windsor is reporting another on-campus case of COVID-19. The health unit has said that the member of the campus community is self-isolating and all appropriate protocols and cleaning measures have been taken.
After the local health unit said they were investigating a cluster of cases at the Windsor Regional Hospital on Friday, an outbreak has been declared today for the 7th floor of the Ouellette Campus. The outbreak was declared as a precaution after four staff members tested positive, even though all patients on the floor tested negative. You can read more here.
An annual turkey giveaway will proceed this year as a drive-thru event to be held at Festival Plaza on December 18 at 9am. For anyone without a car or who can’t arrange a ride, a system will be set up to deliver any left-over packages from the event to people’s homes. You can read more here.
The City of Windsor bylaw enforcement officers have handed out 23 charges related to COVID-19 during a blitz to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Reopening Ontario Act. The charges include not wearing masks, not observing physical distancing, no safety plans in place, and no signage. The fines levied were for $880.
Erie Shores HealthCare in Leamington will receive $50,000 for COVID-19 relief from the CMA Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Hospital Fund. The funds will be used to purchase medical equipment and enhance infrastructure. You can read more here.
A reminder that in order to adhere to the public health instructions set out by Dr. Ahmed and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, our office remains open by appointment only, and we are only booking essential visits. We are not taking any walk-ins at this time. If you would like to book an appointment, please call us at 519-251-5199 or email us at [email protected].
Please continue to wear a mask when out in public, continue to practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.