The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 39 cases, Peel reported 36 cases, and Hamilton and Middlesex-London reported less than 30 cases each. Yesterday, our region had 13 cases, and on Sunday there were 24 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 15 are from close contact with another confirmed case, five are considered community spread, one is travel related, and nine are under investigation. There are now 170 active cases in our region, with 92 of those being variants of concern cases, and our total number of cases is 20,423 and 463 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently five workplace outbreaks, six school outbreaks, three community outbreaks, and 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, with five of those in the ICU. There have been 635,594 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 85.3 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received one dose, and 80.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 269 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 326 cases and on Sunday there were 370 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR LONG-TERM CARE
The provincial government announced that they are spending $20 million to hire 193 new inspections staff and to launch a proactive inspections program in long-term care homes in Ontario. My caucus colleagues and I have been calling for comprehensive inspections to be brought back to long-term care homes for nearly a year, after the Premier and his government cut them in 2019. That year, only 27 resident quality inspections (RQI) were conducted. Prior to that, each of Ontario’s roughly 640 nursing homes were supposed to be inspected annually, and hundreds were done every year. Our caucus called for at least one infection prevention and control specialist in every single long-term care home, and we continue to call for an end to for-profit corporations owning and operating long-term care homes. This government tried to cut costs and now are back tracking. We need to do more to ensure we are protecting our loved ones in long-term care homes.
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 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
The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at John Campbell 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...
PUBLIC COVID-19 EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has updated their list of possible COVID-19 public exposure points. You can find that up-to-date information here.
Caesars Windsor has announced that the Colosseum at Caesars will begin to host concerts again, starting on December 11, 2021 with REO Speedwagon. This comes as capacity limits are eased in the province for venues with vaccination requirements. Any guests visiting Caesars Windsor, including attending a show at the Colosseum, need to be fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination, along with proof of identification. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.