The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 46 new cases of COVID-19 today along with the loss of two members of the community. Today, Toronto reported 84 cases, Peel reported 39 cases, Hamilton reported 33 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 25 cases. Yesterday, our region had 11 cases and on Monday there were 28 cases. Since the pandemic began, there have been 19,899 cases and 458 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region. Of the new cases announced today, 23 are from close contact with another confirmed case, nine are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, and 11 are under investigation. There are now 260 active cases in our region, with 156 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 15 workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes, and 15 confirmed cases in hospital, with nine of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 618,386 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 83.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 78.2 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 476 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 429 cases, and on Monday there were 511 cases.
Starting tomorrow, the University of Windsor will require all students, employees, and visitors who are on campus to be partially vaccinated and awaiting eligibility for their second dose, fully vaccinated, or have an approved exemption from the vaccination policy. All staff, students, and faculty must complete the vaccination attestation by tomorrow. You can find that information and form 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
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has identified a positive case of COVID-19 at Leamington District Secondary School, while an outbreak has closed Louise-Charron Elementary School in the French Catholic school board, where eight confirmed cases were reported. Parents are reminded to continue to monitor their kids for symptoms of COVID-19 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 federal government is implementing mandatory vaccines for federal public servants, who must attest they are fully vaccinated by October 29. The government is also working with employers of airport businesses, airlines, and rail companies to develop their own mandatory vaccine policies by the end of the month. Any passenger boarding a domestic flight or interprovincial train will also have to provide proof of vaccination. You can read more here.
PORTER AIRLINES RESUME FLIGHTS FROM WINDSOR
Porter has resumed flights to Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport today, with two scheduled flights as part of their reduced schedule. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.