Today there were 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex. Six of these cases are a result of close contact with a confirmed case, two cases are from local health care workers, one case is community acquired, one case is travel related, and three cases remain under investigation. This brings our local total up to 2,757 cases with 68 active cases in the region. There is one active outbreak at a long-term care home, one agri-farm (in Kingsville), one construction company (in Lakeshore), and one food & beverage services company (in Kingsville). For more information on the outbreaks, click here: https://www.wechu.org/public-exposures and https://www.wechu.org/your-environment/outbreaks. Ontario reported 712 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 738 cases yesterday, 721 on Wednesday, 746 on Tuesday, and 807 cases on Monday.
The Province announced today that York Region will be joining the Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel regions and moving into a modified Stage 2 effective Monday, October 18th at 12:01AM. This means the closure of indoor dining, gyms, banquet halls, gaming establishments, and more. To learn more about modified Stage 2 measures, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/.../ontario-moving-additional.... Windsor-Essex currently remains in Stage 3.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has released additional local guidance for Halloween this year. They have categorized activities as high-risk or low-risk, and they are encouraging families to participate in low-risk activities. Low-risk activities include celebrating at home with immediate family either through a virtual costume party or an at-home Halloween scavenger hunt. They have classified trick or treating and parties as high-risk activities. WECHU advises that you should trick or treat from a distance, wear proper face coverings (not including costume masks), limit the number of households visited, avoid large groups, and practice frequent hand washing. For those who are handing out treats, WECHU recommends having pump hand sanitizer near by, placing treats on a table or distribute them with tongs, hand out individually packaged treats, wear a mask, and sit outside to avoid congestion at the front door.
The Government announced today that they will invest $2.5 million through the Ontario Together fund towards Greenfield Global, who is investing is $75 million themselves into their Johnstown, Ontario location to produce more hand sanitizer products.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Please continue to listen to public health experts and wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible and where otherwise required.