Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - October 21st

Published on October 21, 2020

Good evening,  

For the first time since March, Windsor-Essex has reported 0 new cases of COVID-19. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit attributes this to the community doing well with following public health guidelines. There are still 36 active cases in the region, and the total number of cases is 2,774 cases. Ontario is reporting 719 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 821 cases yesterday, 704 cases on Monday, 658 cases on Sunday, and 805 cases on Saturday. The province has fallen below its testing target of 50,000 tests per day, as only 32,600 tests were taken yesterday across Ontario. There are 6,299 active cases across the province, which is a new high record.  

We continue to bring your concerns forward regarding the availability of ServiceOntario throughout Windsor and Essex County. We were originally led to believe that the Leamington ServiceOntario would be open by now, but have been told it is not expected to open until November 2, 2020. 

The Government has failed to provide enough flu vaccines so far to meet the surge in demand during this pandemic, and they must take action now so Ontarians do not have to wait for vaccines to keep them safe. People in every part of the province are being turned away because pharmacies don’t have enough vaccines to meet their needs. We have been hearing that people who require high doses of the flu vaccine aren’t able to get one. We called on the Government in the Legislature today to do what needs to be done to acquire the flu vaccines as quickly as possible.  

The Greater Essex County District School Board announced today that 1879 elementary students and 317 secondary school students are switching from online learning to learning in the classroom. For the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, 803 elementary students are going back to school. On the other hand, 474 GECDSB elementary students and 656 secondary students will be moving from the classroom to online learning and 97 WECDSB students will be moving towards online learning.  

While having 0 new cases is great news, we must continue to remain diligent to keep the spread at bay. 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.