Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - October 29, 2021

Published on October 29, 2021

Good afternoon,

LOCAL NUMBERS

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 19 new COVID-19 cases today in our region, while Toronto reported 63 cases, Peel reported 32 cases, Hamilton reported 23 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 11 cases. There are now 174 active cases in the community, with 110 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total number of cases to 20,490 and 464 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the 19 confirmed cases today, eight are from close contact with another confirmed case, eight are considered community spread, and three are under investigation. There are two current workplace outbreaks, two school outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and 12 confirmed cases in the hospital, with six of those in the ICU. There have been 637,519 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 85.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 81.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 419 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 409 cases, and on Wednesday there were 321 cases.

 

VACCINES

There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations next week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:   

  • Tuesday November 2 – Canadian Mental Health Association – 1400 Windsor Ave, Windsor – 12pm to 4pm
  • Thursday November 4 – Windsor Bus Terminal Downtown – 300 Chatham Ave, Windsor – 9am to 4pm
  • Friday November 5 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended COVID-19 booster shots for all adults 80 years of age and older, as well as other groups who may be at an increased risk. These groups include:

  • Adults between the ages of 70 and 79
  • Anyone who received two doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine
  • Adults in or from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities
  • Adults who are front-line healthcare workers who have direct in-person contact with patients and who were vaccinated with a very short interval between their first and second doses (three or four weeks)

It is up the provinces and territories to decide who they will offer booster shots to, and Ontario government has said they will release their plan next week. You can read more about the NACI recommendations here.

The federal government travel mandate takes effect tomorrow. All travellers boarding a plane, train, or cruise ship over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated. Anyone returning from abroad will need to show proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test upon re-entering the country. You can read the full announcement here.

Anyone who uses an Apple mobile device can now choose to add their enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code directly to their Apple Wallet. For more information, please see here.

 

COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS

With the United States land border reopening on November 8 for fully vaccinated Canadians to travel, those who aren’t vaccinated, or can’t be vaccinated, such as children, are still subject to the 14 day quarantine. Local school boards are working on messaging for parents to remind them of this before making travel plans for day trips, sports, vacations, etc. You can read more here.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has announced cases of COVID-19 and subsequent student dismissals at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School. In the Greater Essex County District School Board, three positive cases were identified at Giles Campus French Immersion and M.D. Bennie 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...    

 

Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.

 

  • Percy