The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 31 new COVID-19 cases today in our region, while Toronto reported 68 cases, Peel reported 18 cases, Hamilton reported 12 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 13 cases. Yesterday, our region had 21 cases, and on Monday there were 14 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 20 are from close contact with another confirmed case, eight are considered community spread, one is outbreak related, one is travel related, and one is under investigation. There are now 247 active cases in the community, with 131 of those being variants of concern cases, and our total number of cases is now at 20,119 with 458 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are 15 workplace outbreaks, three school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, with seven in the ICU. Locally, a total of 625,157 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 84.3 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received one dose, and 79.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 306 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 390 cases, and on Monday there were 458 cases.
TEMPORARY ROAD TEST CENTRE TO OPEN IN SARNIA
The provincial government announced today that a temporary road test centre will be opening in Sarnia to help increase testing capacity and clear the backlog of road tests due to COVID-19. Anyone looking for an appointment for a road test can do so online at www.drivetest.ca. If you have an appointment, but are looking for an earlier one, you can look to reschedule for an earlier date without cancelling your original appointment. The new temporary DriveTest location in Sarnia is scheduled to open on October 18 and will be accepting appointment starting October 14. More information about the government’s announcement can be found here.
ADVOCATING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Once again, my caucus colleagues and I are calling for the provincial government to even the playing field when it comes to capacity limits, as they could not offer Ontario’s restaurant industry any explanation for why they are again favouring big companies over small, local restaurants and businesses under the new COVID rules. The same thing happened last year when the provincial government shut down small businesses but allowed big box stores to continue to sell anything. Small businesses drive our economy and sign people’s paycheques. The government needs to stop favouring big corporations and provide parity and fairness to local businesses.
UNITED STATES BORDER REOPENING
The United States announced that they intend to reopen the border to nonessential travel next month for fully vaccinated travellers. The new rules are scheduled to be announced tomorrow. You can read more here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board is reporting two more cases of COVID-19 at Leamington District Secondary School. Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed one class and one bus cohort at St. James Catholic Elementary 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/.../COVI.../Pages/default.aspx...
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.