Windsor-Essex reported three new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the three cases, two are from close contact of a confirmed case and the remaining case is under investigation. Our local total of cases is now 2,815 with 42 active cases. Dr. Ahmed doesn’t attribute the high spike in cases yesterday to Thanksgiving weekend since the majority of the close contact cases were linked to sharing a household. He emphasized that this is why contact tracing measures are so important so that we can have a strong understanding of the level of transmission in our community.
Ontario reported 834 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 827 cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 851 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The province’s labs have processed 30,010 tests, despite the capacity to process 45,000 tests. This brings the positivity rate to 2.8%.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is pushing back its reorganization date from Monday, November 2nd to Monday, November 9th. Due to the number of students who will be returning to in-class learning, the Board requires more time to reorganize the classrooms. The next time that parents will be able to make the switch is January.
The Ontario Government announced the COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream as part of the Federal Government’s Canada Infrastructure Program. The province is providing $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding through this new stream. Eligible projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream will fall under four main categories:
- Community, recreation, health and education renovations (e.g. retrofits, repairs or upgrades to long-term care homes, publicly funded schools and co-located childcare centre facilities, recreation centres or shelters);
- COVID-19 response infrastructure (e.g. heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, new builds or renovations to enable physical distancing);
- Active transportation (e.g. parks, trails); and
- Disaster mitigation, adaptation, or remediation (e.g. flood mitigation).
Projects must start by September 30, 2021 and be completed by December 31, 2021. To learn more, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58972/ontario-launching-covid-19-resilience-infrastructure-stream.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands frequently, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible and where otherwise required.