The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 85 new COVID-19 cases today. Toronto reported 94 cases, Peel reported 60 cases, and Simcoe-Muskoka reported 57 cases. Our region now has 533 active cases, bringing the total number to 21,827 cases and 471 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Yesterday, our region had 82 cases, and on Sunday there were 86 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 32 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 16 are community spread, one is travel related, three are outbreak related, and 33 are under investigation. There are currently 10 workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, nine community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care homes. The outbreak at the hospital has been lifted, but there are still 21 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 10 in the ICU. Locally, 80.9 per cent of individuals over the age of five have received one dose of the vaccine, and 76.9 per cent of individuals over five have received both doses. Across the province today there were 687 new COVID-19 cases, and the province’s death toll from COVID-19 hit 10,000. Yesterday, there were 788 cases, and on Sunday, there were 964 cases.
SCIENCE TABLE BRIEFING
A new brief released today from the Ontario Science Table has called for public health measures to mitigate any influxes of critically-ill patients. According to the Science Table, Ontario’s critical care system does not currently have the capacity to accommodate a surge of patients like it did during the second and third waves of the pandemic, thanks to worsening staffing shortages. Our caucus has called on the provincial government to implement a healthcare hiring and retention plan that trains new health care workers and gives them full time jobs and fair wages. And we need a plan that funds hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care settings to have enough staff on each shift to ensure people get the best care, and staff are protected from burnout. You can read the full briefing here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week. Children aged 5 to 11 years (or turning 5 in 2021) are now 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 December 1 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Wednesday December 1 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 2pm to 4pm
- Friday December 3 – Leamington Municipal Building Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Friday December 3 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 12pm to 6pm
- Saturday December 4 – Mexican Consulate – 350 Hwy 77, Leamington – 9am to 3:30pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board announced four new cases of COVID-19 and the dismissal of two classes and two school bus cohorts. The cases were reported at Stella Maris and St. John Vianney Elementary, along with St. Joseph’s High 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/News/COVID-19Report/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2R6_WYMzK8njEzQqQisbpQuRQ67Cr-KEi-jEz_WYGsiaYmjCJhuLrUX0k#/=
INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSINGS
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) say they have intercepted hundreds of falsified or fraudulent COVID-19 test results since January 7, 2021. Presenting false information and documentation to Government of Canada officials, such as border officials, can result in financial penalties up to $75,000 and, or six months in prison. You can read more here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.