I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving but please do so safely, and continue listening to the advice of public health experts. Regrettably, Windsor-Essex reported 21 news cases of COVID-19 today. Of those cases, 17 are from the agri-farm sector, three are from close contact with a confirmed case, and one remains under investigation. There are 57 active cases and our local total is now 2,710 confirmed cases. Ontario reported 939 COVID-19 cases today, which is the highest number of cases recorded in one day, as compared to 797 cases yesterday, 583 cases Wednesday, 548 cases Tuesday, and 615 cases on Monday.
As a result of the higher amount of cases, with the majority of them being in the Toronto, Peel and Ottawa regions, the province has implemented modified Stage 2 measures for at least 28 days for those areas, which you can read more about here: https://news.ontario.ca/.../ontario-implementing.... For the entire province, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is recommending the following measures for all Ontarians to follow:
- Limit trips outside of home, except for essential purposes only such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity. In addition, travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes;
- Practice physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household;
- Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; and
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and following gathering limits and rules.
The Government has also amended precautions for congregate care settings in areas where there is a high rate of community spread of COVID-19. Measures may include enhanced implementation of infection prevention and control protocols; enhanced visitor and home visit restrictions, where applicable; and increased restrictions to client participation in community/day programs, where applicable. Windsor-Essex is not currently among the list of areas that has additional or enhanced precautions in place. To learn more, please follow this link: https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/CongregateCare.aspx.