Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - October 15, 2021

Published on October 15, 2021

Good afternoon, 

LOCAL NUMBERS 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 43 new COVID-19 cases and the loss of another member of our community. Today, Toronto reported 74 cases, Peel reported 60 cases, Hamilton reported 24 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 11 cases. Yesterday, our region had 33 cases, and on Wednesday there were 31 cases. Of the new cases announced today 16 are from close contact with another confirmed case, seven are considered community spread, one is outbreak related, one is travel related, and 18 are under investigation. There are now 261 active cases in the community, with 161 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total number of cases to 20,195 and 460 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 15 workplace outbreaks, eight school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and nine confirmed cases in the hospital, with seven of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 627,195 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 84.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 79.6 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 496 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 417 cases, and on Wednesday there were 306 cases.  

 

COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN 

Today, our caucus called for a plan to harness Ontario’s building trades in an economy-rebuilding infrastructure program that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and kickstart our province’s recovery. We are calling to: 

  • Creating 50,000 long-term care spaces in new, modern, smaller facilities 
  • Tackling the school repair backlog 
  • Launching one of the world’s largest green building retrofit programs, creating 100,000 jobs alone 
  • Constructing 69,000 new affordable homes and 30,000 supportive living spaces 
  • Delivering more laneway homes 
  • Bringing municipal infrastructure into a good state of repair. 

This pandemic has laid bare how outdated long-term care homes have become and how bad the backlog is for school repairs. There has been a lack of provincial investment for years. We need to invest to create jobs, and invest in communities. We need to invest in better health, greener, more sustainable buildings, and a better quality of life for our families.    

 

VACCINES 

There will be pop-up vaccine clinics next week at the following locations. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required: 

  • Monday October 18 – Connections Early Years Family Centre – 795 Giles Blvd East – 8:00am to 1:00pm (free childcare offered at site. Entrance on Marentette) 
  • Tuesday October 19 – Sandwich-Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – 3325 College Ave – 10:00am to 3:00pm 
  • Tuesday October 19 – Canadian Mental Health Association – 1400 Windsor Ave – 1:00pm to 4:30pm (entrance to clinic is at the back of the building) 
  • Wednesday October 20 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham St West – 9:00am to 4:00pm 
  • Friday October 22 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St East, Leamington – 10:00am to 3:00pm 

 

COVID-19 VERIFICATION APP 

Following the announcement yesterday that the provincial COVID-19 verification app to scan QR codes is now available, Ontarians can now start to download their enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes based on cohorts of the month they are born. Starting today, anyone born between January and April can download their enhanced vaccine certificates, tomorrow it will be available to those born between May and August, and on Sunday it will be available to those born between September and December. For residents who miss their day, the website will open broadly to anyone on Monday October 18. You will be required to input your health card number for Green health cards, date of birth and postal codes. Those who still have a red and white health card will need to call the provincial vaccine control centre at 1-833-943-3900 and they will have their enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to them.  

This vaccine certification app should have been available weeks ago like it has been in other provinces. And this app still has loopholes and problems, including the fact that it doesn’t deal with medical exemptions. Ontarians did their part by getting vaccinated. Local businesses have done their part, and they deserve hope and a plan. They deserve financial support to put the vaccine certificate checking program into action. 

You can access the government website to download your enhanced vaccine certificate here.

 

UNITED STATES BORDER REOPENING 

The United States have announced the land border will reopen for travellers on November 8, 2021, however the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention is currently still working on the operational details, including whether mixed dose vaccines will be accepted. You can read more here.

 

LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR YOUTH 

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Maryvale Children’s mental health treatment centre are offering the Family Navigation Program to help vulnerable and underserved youth access mental health care. For more information about the program, please visit the Hotel-Dieu website here.

 

COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS 

Three more schools have been added to the COVID-19 outbreak list. The outbreaks were declared at West Gate Public School, Colchester North Public School, and Leamington District Secondary 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.

 

  • Percy