The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 20 new COVID-19 cases today. Out of the regions that reported the highest number of cases in the province today, Toronto reported 64 new cases, Peel reported 41, Niagara reported 21, and Simcoe-Muskoka reported 26. Of the new cases announced today in Windsor-Essex, 6 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 9 are considered community spread, and 5 are under investigation. There are currently 183 active cases in our community, with 100 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 2 workplace outbreaks, 3 school outbreaks, and 6 community outbreaks. In the hospital, there are 11 confirmed cases, with 5 of those in the ICU. Locally, 85.8 per cent of individuals 12 and over have received one dose and 81.6 per cent of individuals 12 and over have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 378 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday, there were 331 cases, and on Monday, there were 422 cases.
BOOSTER DOSE ELIGIBILITY
The Ontario Government announced today that they are expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses to the following groups:
- Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
- Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
- Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.
Those who are within the eligible populations and have received their second dose over 6 months ago can learn more about booking their booster dose at https://www.wechu.org/cv/clinics or by calling 226-773-2200. Participating pharmacies that have the COVID-19 booster doses can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
Our caucus wants to see a smooth vaccine rollout for third-doses that makes it truly easy and convenient for everyone to get the shot they need. We are calling for family doctors to be better included this time so that there are fewer barriers of access to the vaccine. And we’re calling for a province-wide system to deliver shots at home to seniors staying indoors in the cold months, and to people with disabilities.
VACCINE POP-UP CLINICS
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this 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 LOCAL SCHOOLS
Two new school outbreaks were declared in Windsor-Essex today. The first outbreak is at Vincent Massey Secondary School, and the second outbreak is at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Catholic Elementary School.
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/.../COVID.../Pages/default.aspx.
POSSIBLE PUBLIC COVID-19 EXPOSURES
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has updated the list of possible public COVID-19 exposures, which can be found here: https://www.wechu.org/public-exposures?mc_cid=6a44a2aca9....
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.