The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto had 62 cases, Peel had 71 cases, Hamilton had 26 cases, and Middlesex-London had 6 cases. Yesterday, our region had 21 cases, and on Saturday there were 31 cases. Of the new cases announced between Saturday and today, 38 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 18 are from community spread, two are outbreak related, three are travel related, and eight are under investigation. There are now 227 active cases in our region, with 146 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total number of cases to 20,264 with 460 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are nine workplace outbreaks, eight school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 14 confirmed cases in the hospital, with four in the ICU. Locally, a total of 629,611 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 84.8 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 80 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 373 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 443 cases, and on Saturday there were 486 cases.
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:
- 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
VACCINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
With all vaccinated Ontario residents now able to download their enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate, anyone looking to add the PDF as an icon on their cell phone’s home screen can follow these steps:
Android – Locate the PDF document on your phone. Press and hold your finger on the file. Press the three dots menu at the top of the screen. Select the option to ‘Add to home screen”. You should now have a shortcut for the PDF on your home screen
Apple – Ensure you have the Shortcuts app downloaded to your iOs device. Save the PDF to your ‘Files’ folder on your iOs device. Open the Shortcuts app, and select ‘My Shortcuts’ from the bottom of the screen. Select the ‘+’ icon from the top right of the screen to create a new shortcut. Select ‘Add Action’. Select ‘Apps’. Open the ‘Files’ folder and select the PDF document you saved. Press the three dots on the top right of the screen to change the name, icon, and colour of the shortcut. Select ‘Add to home screen’ to finish and add the shortcut to your home screen.
To download your enhanced vaccine certificate from the Ministry of Health, please visit here.
A reminder that the vaccine certificates you received at the time you obtained your vaccine remain valid and can be used by those waiting to download their updated vaccine certificate with the QR code, or those who do not wish to download an updated vaccine certificate. We have been getting questions about laminating the certificate with the QR Code or shrinking its size. This is not recommended by the Government as the QR Code must meet minimum size standards. Altering the size of the QR Code certificate or laminating it may prevent the Verify Ontario App from reading the QR Code.
REGIONAL HOSPITAL FUNDING
The provincial government made an announcement today to reaffirm $9.8 million for planning of the new hospital. In 2017 under the previous government, we moved into stage two of planning, but we haven’t received any money to further move this project along. In February this year, I called on the provincial government to release this money. We need to get on with it and finish the planning for this project to provide the hospital that our Windsor-Essex community deserves. You can read the government’s news release here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex County District School Board has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School where two classes have been dismissed. 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 BORDER REQUIREMENTS
Federal Public Safety Minister, Bill Blair, said that acquiring a negative molecular test to re-enter Canada will continue to be a requirement for Canadians who travel to the United States. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.