The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19 today along with the loss of another member of our community. Toronto reported 44 cases, Peel reported 44 cases, and Hamilton reported 14 cases. Yesterday our region had 18 cases, and on Wednesday there were 20 cases. There are now 193 active cases in Windsor-Essex, with 117 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total to 20,644 cases and 466 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 24 are from close contact with another confirmed case, seven are community spread, and five are under investigation. There are four workplace outbreaks, four school outbreaks, four community outbreaks, and nine confirmed cases in the hospital, with two of those in the ICU. A total of 641,951 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 85.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 81.8 per cent of individuals over 12 having received two doses. Across the province today there were 563 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 438 cases, and on Wednesday there were 378 cases.
Windsor Regional Hospital Chief of Staff, Dr. Saad, has told the community that anyone who has had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine, and that infection immunity will not be at the same level as if you have received the vaccine. You can read his comments here.
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:
- Monday November 8 – Leamington Municipal Building – Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Monday November 8 – Goodlife Fitness at Tecumseh Mall – 7670 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor – 10:30am to 6pm
- Tuesday November 9 – Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre – Sandwich Location – 3325 College Ave, Windsor – 10am to 3pm
- Tuesday November 9 – CMHA – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 12pm to 4pm
- Wednesday November 10 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday November 10 – Leamington Municipal Building – Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
- Friday November 12 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 12 – Leamington Municipal Building – Council Chambers – 111 Erie St N, Leamington, 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The French Catholic school board has announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Catholic Elementary School, and one class is isolating. The Greater Essex County District School Board has also announced a confirmed case at Margaret D. Bennie Public School in Leamington. 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...
CANADA-UNITED STATES BORDER REOPENS MONDAY
With the land border reopening on Monday November 8 for fully vaccinated travellers, the Canada Border Services Agency is urging anyone planning to cross to review guidelines and testing requirements ahead of their trips. The federal government has a travel checklist available here.
The latest Statistics Canada unemployment numbers show that Windsor’s unemployment rate for October is 9.2 per cent, which is down from September, but still higher than the national rate of 6.7 per cent, or the provincial rate of 7 per cent. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.