The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 13 new COVID-19 cases along with the loss of another member of our community. Today, Toronto had 39 cases, Peel had 33 cases, Hamilton had 15 cases and Middlesex-London had 13 cases. On Saturday, our region had 19 cases, and on Sunday there were 24 cases. Of the new cases since Saturday, 22 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 15 are considered community spread, two are travel related, and four are under investigation. There are now 161 active cases in the community with 103 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total to 20,393 cases and 463 deaths since the pandemic began. There are six workplace outbreaks, nine school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 12 cases in the hospital, with five of those in the ICU. There have been 634,876 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 84.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 80.4 per cent of individuals having received both doses. Across the province today there were 326 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 370 cases and on Saturday there were 323 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR NURSES
Today in the Legislature, my caucus colleagues and I called for the government to launch a massive, province-wide hiring and retention strategy to address Ontario’s health care staffing crisis. We called for the government to hire thousands of nurses and personal support workers, a retention plan to ensure skilled nurses stay in the sector, and funding to put enough nurses on every shift in every health care setting to prevent worker burnout. According to the Ontario Science table, 43 per cent of nurses in Ontario are considering leaving the sector, and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union estimated in September that more than 16,000 vacancies existed in the province. We must act now to stop the staffing crisis in health care and prevent it from spiraling out of control. We need to hire thousands more nurses, and improve working conditions to retain them, including giving them fair wages, full-time hours, and paid sick leave.
Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare has revised their vaccination policy. Previously, HDGH had established a vaccinate or asymptomatic test policy; however, now all designated care partners and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated as of Monday November 22. 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:
- 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 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday October 29 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St East, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
An outbreak has been declared at Tecumseh Vista Academy Elementary School where three cases of COVID-19 were reported. Additionally, two student cases were identified today at Sandwich Secondary School, one student case was identified at Tecumseh Vista Academy Secondary School, and one student case was identified at General Amherst High 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.