The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 48 new cases of COVID-19 today, 78 cases on Sunday, and 47 cases on Saturday. In Toronto, today there were 114 cases today, Peel reported 84 cases today, Hamilton reported 32 cases today, and Middlesex-London reported zero new cases today. There are now 515 active cases of COVID-19 in our region, with 312 of those being variant of concern cases, bringing the total number of cases to 19,025 and 446 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases between Saturday and today, 64 cases are from close contact with another confirmed case, 37 are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, three are travel related, and 66 are under investigation. There are 17 workplace outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and one outbreak in a long-term care home. There are 20 confirmed cases in hospital, with four of those in the ICU, and 18,064 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 589,324 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 81.2 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having been vaccinated, and 74.1 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having been vaccinated. Across the province today there were 600 new cases. Yesterday there were 784 cases, and on Saturday there were 857 cases.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has announced positive cases of COVID-19 at six of its schools since Saturday. The schools are Westview Freedom Academy, West Gate Public School, Sandwich West Public School, Sandwich Secondary School, Leamington District Secondary School, and Herman Academy. The school board have notified close contacts of the cases and they are following direction of the local health unit. You can find up-to-date information about school outbreaks on the public school board website here.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has announced that one cohort of 25 students and a second cohort of 29 students at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School have been dismissed due to COVID-19 cases identified over the weekend. Additionally, two cohorts from St. John Vianey Catholic Elementary School were asked to remain at home today, and 40 students from F.J. Brennan Catholic High School in two cohorts were dismissed. The Catholic school board is working with the local health unit to notify those directly affected and will provide further direction. You can find the list of confirmed cases in the WECDSB here.
Parents are advised to continue monitoring their children for COVID-19 symptoms each morning and to keep them at home if they are not feeling well.
As we continue to see cohorts being dismissed from school due to COVID-19 exposure, it's essential that we do everything we can to keep kids and education workers safe. Across the province, we are hearing reports of classrooms packed with 30 or 40 kids. Capping class sizes would ensure kids are socially distanced. It would lower the risk of exposures and outbreaks. And it would give students more one-on-one attention from teachers and education workers to help them recover from a very difficult year, both academically and emotionally. We continue to advocate for smaller class sizes, extra mental health or educational supports, improved ventilation to minimum standards, paid sick days, and family care days to ensure people can stay home when they’re sick. The Government needs to put the well-being and safety of school staff and students first.
POTENTIAL PUBLIC EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has updated their website with the locations of potential COVID-19 exposure points, along with the date of possible exposure. You can find that information here.
The local health unit will be operating a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Sunset Amphitheatre at Seacliff Park in Leamington on Saturday September 18 from 6pm to 9pm. Vaccines are available daily from 8am to 3:30pm at the former Sears store in Devonshire mall for anyone who is looking for their first or second dose. No appointment needed. For more information, see here: www.wevax.ca
The Pro Bono Students Canada at Windsor Law are running the PBSC Wills Project, which provides a free Will to individuals. To qualify, you must make less than $25,000 annually with personal assets worth less than $65,000. For more information, please contact them at [email protected]
The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association will be hosting their first night market at the Pelissier St parking garage next month on Friday October 8 from 6pm to 10pm. The DWBIA is currently looking for local crafters and artists who can create one-of-a-kind pieces to be sold. More information is available here.
Essex Region Conservation, in partnership with the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, will be hosting the 2021 Festival of Hawks on Saturday September 18 from 9am to 3pm. Admission is $15 per vehicle. More information can be found here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.