Good evening everyone,
Windsor-Essex reported six new cases of COVID-19 today. Three are a result of close contact with a confirmed case, one is from community spread, one is from the agri-farm sector, and one remains under investigation. This brings our local total to 2,680 confirmed cases with 37 active cases and two people in the hospital. Ontario reported 548 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 615 cases yesterday, 566 cases on Sunday, and 653 cases on Saturday.
The Province says that they have cleared the testing backlog by 40 percent by pausing testing appointments for a day and limiting tests for asymptomatic people. While the Premier insists that those who book an appointment will get one, there are conflicting reports that people have had to wait days before they are able to get an appointment for a test. The backlog of tests currently sits at 55,483 tests. Furthermore, it has been revealed that Ontario has been sending tests to California to address the backlog. Our Official Opposition Leader, MPP Andrea Horwath, has said that the need to send tests to the U.S. shows the province is scrambling to respond to the second wave of the pandemic.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed is cautioning Windsor-Essex residents against large gatherings for Thanksgiving this year, emphasizing that the safest option is celebrating with those who are within your household and avoiding coming into close contact with people you don’t live with. WECHU has suggested that for Thanksgiving, you can share a virtual meal or spend time outdoors, celebrating with a walk or bike ride. They explain that an increase of cases in our community last month were linked to community clusters, and they want to prevent this from happening again.
There have been a few new possible public exposure notifications added to the WECHU website. For more information, please click this link: https://www.wechu.org/public-exposures?mc_cid=e8830dd952&mc_eid=ee91b0276b.
Please continue to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands frequently, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart with those outside your household.