The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 55 cases, Peel reported 15 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London reported less than 30 cases each. Yesterday, there were 11 cases in Windsor-Essex, and on Sunday there were 27 cases. Our region now has 177 active cases in the community, with 103 of those being variants of concern cases. The total number of cases in our region is 20,722, with 466 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, eight are from close contact with another confirmed case, four are community spread, and five are under investigation. There are five workplace outbreaks, four school outbreaks, four community outbreaks, and 10 confirmed cases in the hospital, with two in the ICU. There have been 645,261 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 86.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 82.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 441 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 480 cases, and on Sunday there were 636 cases.
WINTER ELECTRICAL SHUTOFF BAN
Next Monday November 15, electricity utilities will be banned from disconnecting residential customers for non-payment. This ban will be in effect until April 30, 2022. Further, any home that is already disconnected for non-payment and is occupied must be reconnected by December 1 without charge. Residents are encouraged to pay their bill during the shut-off ban, as the utility may continue to charge late payment fees on past due amounts, and customers in arrears may face disconnection when the ban is lifted. If you are a low-income household, you may qualify for the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) which lowers electricity bills for lower-income households by providing a monthly credit. You can learn more about the program here. If you are a lower-income household and have received a threat of disconnection, you may qualify for the Keep The Heat program which provides up to $500 per year, per energy bill. You can learn more about the program and apply by calling 519-944-4900 or by visiting here.
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:
- Wednesday November 10 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown, 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor from 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday November 10 – Leamington Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 111 Erie St N, Leamington from 10am to 3pm
- Friday November 12 – WECHU Leamington Office, 33 Princess St, Leamington from 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 12 – Leamington Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 111 Erie St N, Leamington, from 10am to 3pm
Health Canada has approved a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for people 18 and over. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) had previously recommended boosters for high-risk groups, such as those over the age of 70, people who are immunocompromised, and frontline healthcare workers. The boosters are identical to the regular Pfizer vaccine, and are intended to be given at least six months after the second dose to help maintain protection over time. The NACI has said that most people outside of the higher-risk groups do not need a booster at this point because there is no evidence of waning protection over time against severe COVID-19 in the general population. You can read more here.
LOCAL COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURE NOTIFICATIONS
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has updated their public exposure notifications list with one new possible exposure location. For the list, click here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed COVID-19 cases at both Jack Miner Public School in Kingsville and 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...
LaSalle will host the inaugural Holiday Lights Heritage Nights this year, beginning November 26 at LaSalle Civic Centre. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including wearing a mask and physical distancing. You can read more about the event here.
Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines.