The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 28 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 85 cases, Peel reported 88 cases, Hamilton reported 26 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 20 cases. Yesterday, our region had 40 cases, and on Saturday there were 32 cases. There are now 278 active cases in our region, with 168 of those being variant of concern cases, bringing the total number to 19,842 cases and 456 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced since Saturday, 55 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 20 are considered community spread, 10 are outbreak related, one is travel related, and 14 are under investigation. There are currently 14 workplace outbreaks, six school outbreaks, three community outbreaks, and two outbreaks at long-term care/retirement homes. There are 15 confirmed cases in the hospital, with six in the ICU. Locally, a total of 615,755 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 83.5 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received one dose, and 77.8 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 511 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 580 cases, and on Saturday there were 704 cases.
ONTARIO LEGISLATURE RESUMES
Today’s Throne Speech was deeply disappointing and provided no new commitments to help patients, students, workers, or small businesses here in Windsor-Tecumseh get through the pandemic. Families in our community are still facing many pandemic challenges. Hospital and long-term care workers are stretched thin and burning out, the surgery backlog has skyrocketed, COVID-19 is spreading in our schools and small businesses are being asked to enforce vaccine certificates without extra support. The provincial government is failing Windsor-Tecumseh by not providing help for the many casino workers and autoworkers who are at the end of their federal benefits, who have no idea when they will return to stable work. Further, the government has long promised a new hospital in Windsor-Essex, but we’re still waiting for funding, and today’s Throne Speech had no details.
Instead of spending what is needed to help our community weather the pandemic and make good on its promises, the provincial government withheld $5.6 billion that was meant to help protect and support Ontarians. Windsor-Tecumseh families need a government that will actually invest in the critical services they need. My caucus colleagues and I are calling on the government to hire thousands more nurses and PSWs, make schools safer for students, make vaccines mandatory for health and education workers, and support small businesses as they get back on their feet. Windsor-Tecumseh residents deserve a government that will fight for them, not withhold help when they need it most.
LOCAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
The acting medical officer of health has lifted the Letter of Instruction that called for some restaurants, bars, and clubs to close at 12am. The health unit is reverting back to measures within the province’s Reopening Ontario Act. Restrictions for weddings and funerals that went into effect on September 20 are also being lifted. You can read the letter from the health unit here.
The University of Windsor will be hosting two vaccination clinics for anyone looking for their first or second dose. The clinics will run from 10am to 3pm on Thursday October 7 and Friday October 8 at the Faculty of Education Parking Lot near the corner of University and California avenues. No health cards are required.
The local health unit will be holding pop-up vaccination clinics at the following locations. No appointment required:
- Ongoing until October 8 at the parking lot at 33 Princess St in Leamington – open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm
- October 4, 5, and 6 at the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre (Sandwich) 3325 College Ave – from 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
More COVID-19 cases have been reported at Sainte-Ursule Catholic Elementary School in McGregor. There are now 13 active cases with four classes in isolation, and the French Catholic school board closed the school last week.
Parents are asked to continue to monitor their children for COVID-19 symptoms each morning before school 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:
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/News/COVID-19Report/Pages/default.aspx#/=
The Town of Kingsville has announced that this year’s Santa Claus Parade will take place in downtown Kingsville on November 20. The Town is looking for volunteers, families, service groups, and businesses to consider how they can contribute to the parade. If you are interested in registering, you can do so here.
Leamington’s Santa Claus Parade will be held in Point Pelee National Park again this this year as a drive-thru event. The parade will take place on November 27 from 5pm to 8pm. There will be no cost to enter the park, but the Chamber of Commerce, who are putting on the parade, is encouraging everyone to bring a donation for the food bank or a toy for Toys For Tots.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.