The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 36 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 104, Peel reported 80, Hamilton reported 15, and Middlesex-London reported 31. Yesterday, our region had 43 cases, and on Wednesday there were 46 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 18 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 6 are considered community spread, two cases are outbreak related, two are travel related, and eight are under investigation. There are currently 255 active cases in our community, with 157 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total number of cases to 19,978 and 458 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are 17 workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, two outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes, and 16 confirmed cases in the hospital, with seven of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 620,641 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 83.9 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received one dose, and 78.5 per cent of individuals 12 and over having received both doses. Across the province today there were 573 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 587 cases, and on Wednesday there were 476 cases.
GUIDELINES FOR THANKSGIVING GATHERINGS
As we plan to gather with family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend, the local health unit has made some recommendations for staying safe and helping to ensure we continue to curb the spread of COVID-19. They have recommended keeping celebrations as small as possible, keeping a distance of two metres and wear a mask when possible, celebrating outdoors if possible, screening those outside your household for symptoms, checking that guests are vaccinated, and abiding by measures in the Reopening Ontario Act. You can find the full recommendations here.
A reminder that my office will be closed on Monday October 11 in observance of the Thanksgiving long weekend, but will reopen on Tuesday October 12.
VACCINES AND TESTING
Windsor Regional Hospital testing centres and vaccination clinics will be open over the Thanksgiving weekend with adjusted hours.
The Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessment (PUMA) Clinic at WRH Met Campus will be open Sunday and Monday from 8am to 4pm by appointment only. You can call 519-973-4443 or book online here.
The Ouellette Campus Assessment Centre is open for anyone over the age of 18 and who are symptomatic. They are open from 8am to 3pm by appointment only. You can call 519-973-4443 or book online here.
The Vaccination Centre in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall is open for anyone looking for first or second doses. They are open from 8am to 3:15pm. No appointment is necessary. More information about vaccines can be found at www.wevax.ca
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER
Statistics Canada has released the unemployment numbers for September, with Windsor’s unemployment rate at 10.4 per cent, the highest in the country. The provincial unemployment rate is 7.3 per cent, and the national unemployment rate is 6.9 per cent. You can read more here.
The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association’s Night Market will debut tonight at the Pelissier Street Parking Garage. The event will run from 6pm to 10pm and will feature vendors showcasing artisanal, local, and handcrafted products. Attendance is free. More information is available here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.