The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 22 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto had 46 cases, Peel had 13 cases, Hamilton had 20 cases, and Middlesex-London had 11 cases. Yesterday, our region had 16 cases, and on Monday there were 17 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 13 are from close contact with another confirmed case, four are considered community spread, one case is outbreak related, and four are under investigation. There are currently 211 active cases in our region, with 147 of those being variants of concern cases. There have been a total of 20,302 cases and 460 deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently nine workplace outbreaks, nine school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 18 confirmed cases in the hospital, with eight of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 631,087 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 84.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 80.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 304 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday, there were 328 cases, and on Monday there were 373 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR PEOPLE IN CONGREGATE CARE
My colleague, MPP Lisa Gretzky, has re-introduced her private member’s bill, the More Than A Visitor Act, which enshrines rights for people receiving care, support or services in congregate care settings, such as long-term care and group homes, to ensure consistent, continuous, and safe access to their essential caregivers. This legislation received all-party support as it passed second reading in 2020, but when the legislature was prorogued, it scrapped the bill and its progress before it could be brought to third reading. Residents in congregate settings and their families want to see this bill become law in Ontario so that they never again have to experience the anguish of prolonged separation from their essential caregivers. The provincial government has the power to pass this legislation today, and guarantee that people living in congregate care have consistent and safe access to their essential caregivers.
The local health unit has submitted a plan to the Ministry of Health and will be working with hospital partners, primary care providers, and pharmacies in the coming weeks on plans for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to children once approved by Health Canada. A new COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service, offered by Sick Kids, has also been launched for parents to ask questions about vaccinations and children. The service is available in multiple languages. More That information can be found 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:
- Friday October 22 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St East, Leamington – 10:00am to 3:00pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at St. Louis Catholic Elementary School where one class and one bus cohort have been dismissed. Outbreaks have also been declared at St. Angela Catholic Elementary School, Mount Carmel Blytheswood Public School, and Giles Campus French Immersion Public 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.