Good evening everyone,
We were heartened to see that there was one case reported in Windsor-Essex today, and it is related to travel outside of North America. There are 37 active cases and our local total is now 2,689 confirmed cases. Ontario hit a new daily record with the number of new cases at 797 today, surpassing the previous record on October 2 of 732 new cases, as compared to 583 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 548 cases Tuesday, and 615 cases on Monday. This is one record that we don’t want to continue breaking.
Windsor-Essex has received their shipment of flu vaccines. They will be distributed to high priority settings first, such as long-term care homes and hospitals, and then they should be available for general distribution after Thanksgiving. Local pharmacies have also received the flu vaccine.
A reminder if you need a COVID-19 test, you will have to book an appointment. There are certain requirements for booking a test, and they can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-test-and-testing.... To book an appointment at Windsor Regional Hospital, you can do so online at this link: https://testing.getcorigan.ca/ or by calling 519-973-4443. The assessment centres are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ontario is advising household-only celebrations for Thanksgiving. Again, the new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:
- 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
- 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100)
Windsor Police are reminding people that they will take enforcement action where necessary. Individuals failing to comply with an order under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020 could face a set fine starting at $750.
The Windsor Health Coalition held a rally outside of Heron Terrace today calling on the Government to recruit more staff for long-term care homes, make the positions full-time, and implement permanent wage increases, which are measures that our Official Opposition caucus have long been advocating for. At the same time, the Patient Ombudsman released a report today that paints a harrowing and devastating picture of the chaos in our long-term care homes during the first wave of COVID-19. Because the Government didn’t want to invest in safety measures, homes were chronically understaffed without the infection controls and personal protective equipment they needed to control outbreaks. Now we’re seeing the same penny-pinching causing the same problems in the second wave, leaving our parents and grandparents at risk. The Government is brushing off the voices of people pleading for action in long-term care, because they don’t want to invest the money. Ontario families with loved ones in long-term care deserve so much better than a government that keeps trying to save a buck by doing the bare minimum. This report adds more evidence to the solid truth: the Government needs to stop pinching pennies, and take urgent action in long-term care homes to prevent more devastating COVID-19 infections.
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.