The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 26 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of another member of the community. Today, Toronto reported 64 cases, Peel reported 59 cases, 23 cases reported in Hamilton, and 32 cases in Middlesex-London. Yesterday there were 22 new cases in our region, and on Wednesday there were 22 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 10 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 11 are considered community spread, one is travel related, and four are under investigation. There are now 199 active cases in the community, with 135 of those being variants of concern cases. There are eight workplace outbreaks, eight school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak in a retirement home, and 13 confirmed cases in the hospital, with six of those in the ICU. Locally, there have been 632,469 doses of the vaccine administered, with 85.1 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 83.6 per cent have received two doses. Across the province today there were 492 COVID-19 cases. Yesterday there were 413 cases, and on Wednesday there were 304 cases.
NEW COVID-19 MODELLING
Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Table released new modelling today that shows that cases of COVID-19 are declining in 26 of Ontario’s 34 public health units and that the burden on hospitals and intensive care units remains stable. As we head into the winter and holiday season, they have suggested that some basic measures should remain in place, such as masking, vaccine certificates, and improvements to ventilation in indoor settings. You can view the full modelling here.
EASING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
The provincial government announced that starting Monday October 25, capacity limits will be lifted where proof of vaccination is required in restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, and indoor meeting and event spaces. Additionally, the province has provided a list of key dates when restrictions will be further eased:
November 15, 2021 – capacity limits will be lifted in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including food or drink establishments with dance facilities
January 17, 2022 – If favourable trends continue after the holidays, gradually lifting capacity limits in setting where proof of vaccination is not required
February 7, 2022 – government intends to lift proof of vaccination requirements in high-risk settings
March 28, 2022 – It is intended that all remaining public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted, including wearing face coverings in indoor public settings.
Most Ontarians have done the right thing by getting vaccinated to protect ourselves and our vulnerable neighbours. We all deserve to get back to safely doing the things we enjoy. But we still need to do more to ensure that small businesses can catch up, which is why we are calling on the provincial government to help them rebuild with a broad round of small business support grants. We are also calling for the government help ensure the vaccine certificate program is successful by putting in place a solid verification system for medical exemptions. The progress we have made is thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of every Ontarian.
You can read the government announcement here.
My caucus colleagues and I have again called on the provincial government to release a province-wide plan to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to children as soon as its approved. The government has not invested in a provincial plan, which could lead to the scrambling and searching Ontarians coped with in the first months of adult vaccine bookings. We need a plan to get all children their first dose of vaccine within days of it being approved by Health Canada. We have also called for the COVID-19 vaccine to be added to the existing list of student vaccines, which already includes shots like the measles and mumps vaccines.
Canada’s vaccine advisory committee, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has said that anyone who has had an allergic reaction to their first dose of a mRNA vaccine can safely receive future doses of the same product or a different mRNA vaccine. After reviewing data from recent studies, NACI found that most people who had an allergic reaction did not have a similar reaction when receiving a second dose. 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:
- Monday October 25 – Goodlife Fitness at Tecumseh Mall – 7670 Tecumseh Rd East – 1pm to 7pm
- Tuesday October 26 – Sandwich-Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – 3325 College Ave – 10am to 3pm
- Wednesday October 27 – Windsor Bus Terminal – 300 Chatham St West – 9am to 4pm
- Friday October 29 – WECHU Leamington office – 33 Princesss St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday October 29 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St East, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.