The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 16 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 52 cases, Peel reported 60 cases, Hamilton reported 17 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 18 cases. Yesterday, our region had 17 cases, and on Sunday there were 21 cases. Of the new cases announced today, seven are from close contact with another confirmed case, six are considered community spread, one is travel related, and two are under investigation. There are currently 216 active cases in our community, with 133 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total to 20,280 cases and 460 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently eight workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 16 confirmed cases in the hospital, with seven of those in the ICU. Locally, 630,428 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 84.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 80.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 328 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 373, and on Sunday there were 443 cases.
Pfizer has asked Health Canada to approve the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 years old. Now we need a plan to get all eligible kids in Ontario vaccinated quickly and we need to add the vaccine to the existing list of student vaccines, alongside shots students must get, like, measles and mumps vaccines. We need a plan that includes in-school clinics and early registration, so that when the approval comes, we can get all children their first dose literally within days. We can’t afford to have a repeat of the scrambling, the vaccine hunting, and the wait-and-see approach from the provincial government that frustrated the adult vaccine rollout. You can read more here.
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:
- 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 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has moved forward with a policy to allow extracurricular activities to return for students, officials, and volunteers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to take part in any activities, students in grades 7 through 12 most provide proof of vaccination and will be required to complete a COVID vaccination form that must include vaccination receipts from the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can read the full statement from the school board here.
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...
TOWN OF ESSEX VACCINE POLICY
The Town of Essex has finalized their COVID-19 vaccine policy for their employees. Unvaccinated employees must take part in testing twice a week with those who refuse placed on unpaid leave. The new policy also includes vaccination education sessions for all town staff, and employees have until October 26, 2021 to receive their first dose of the vaccine, and November 30 to receive the second. You can read more here.
POSSIBLE COVID-19 EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has updated their list of possible COVID-19 exposure points. You can find that information here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.