The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 43 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 114 cases, Peel reported 55 cases, Hamilton reported 27 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 23 cases. Yesterday, our region had 46 cases, and on Tuesday there were 11 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 20 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 14 are considered community spread, one case is outbreak related, two are travel related, and six are under investigation. Since the pandemic began, there have been 19,942 cases, and 458 deaths related to COVID-19. There are currently 261 active cases in our region, with 153 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 16 workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes, and 18 confirmed cases in the hospital, with nine in the ICU. Locally, a total of 619,476 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 83.8 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 78.3 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 587 new COVID-19 cases. Yesterday there were 476 cases, and on Tuesday there were 429 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE
Today, my colleague MPP Teresa Armstrong reintroduced her bill, the Time To Care Act, which passed second reading last year will all-party support and seeks to legislate a minimum of four hours of hands-on-care per day for residents in long-term care homes. Last year, the provincial government announced their plan to deliver four hours of care for every resident by 2025. The plan, however, stopped short of legislating the minimum standard. It is imperative that the government pass this bill urgently and finally help long-term care residents get the hands-on-care they need. MPP Armstrong also wrote a letter to the Minister of Long-Term Care, urging him to pass the bill, which you can read here.
Windsor Regional Hospital announced today that 98.5% of their employees and professional staff have complied with the hospital’s vaccination policy. The vaccination policy states that staff who did not receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 22, 2021 would then be placed on a two-week unpaid leave. If staff did not receive their first dose by October 7, 2021, their employment would be terminated, or privileges would be suspended. You can read more here.
The University of Windsor will be hosting a vaccination clinic for anyone looking for their first or second dose. The clinic will run from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, 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 a pop-up vaccination clinic tomorrow at the parking lot at 33 Princess St in Leamington from 11am to 7pm. No appointment is required.
The mass vaccination site at the former Sears store in Devonshire Mall remains open for anyone 12 years of age and older seeking first or second doses. You can find more information at www.wevax.ca
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nesathurai, says the local health unit has met with area school board officials and recommended the pause on extracurricular sports in school remain in place for now, but also recommended the boards develop a policy for extracurricular activities for fully vaccinated students. No specific timeline has been put in place for the policy. You can read more here.
The French Catholic school board has announced a positive case of COVID-19, this time at Saint-Antoine Catholic Elementary School. 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#/=
COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURES
The local health unit has updated their list of possible COVID-19 exposure points in our community. You can find that information here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.