The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 47 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 162 cases, Peel reported 122 cases, Hamilton reported 53 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 39 cases. Yesterday, our region had 44 cases, and on Tuesday there were 45 cases. There are now 416 active cases in the community, with 261 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing our total to 19,161 cases, and 448 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today, 10 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 13 are considered community spread, and 23 are under investigation. There are 19 workplace outbreaks, one community outbreak, one school outbreak, and one outbreak at a long-term care home. There are 17 confirmed cases in the hospital, with five in the ICU. Locally, a total of 592,102 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 81.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 74.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 864 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 593 cases, and on Tuesday there were 577 cases.
Health Canada has announced that Pfizer, Moderna, and Oxford-AstraZeneca will be renamed to Comirnaty, SpikeVax, and Vaxzevria, respectfully. Health Canada points out the vaccines themselves are not changing, only the names. You can read more here.
The local health unit will be operating pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the following locations this weekend:
- Saturday September 18
- 12pm to 4pm – Leamington Hop the GoVaxx Bus – 33 Princess St Parking Lot, Leamington
- 5pm to 9pm – Leamington Hop the GoVaxx Bus – Seacliff Park Upper Parking Lot, Leamington
- 6pm to 9pm – Sunset Amphitheatre in Seacliff Park – 24 Seacliff Dr. W., Leamington
- Sunday September 19
- 10am to 3pm - Leamington Hop the GoVaxx Bus – Leamington Dock Parking Lot, Leamington
For more information about where and how to receive your vaccine, visit www.wevax.ca
As of September 22nd, 2021, visitors to Tecumseh Arena will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and provide proof of vaccination after Tecumseh Town Council approved the process. Those under the age of 18 are exempt from providing proof of vaccination to enter sports and recreation facilities to take part in organized sports.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The French Catholic school board is reporting two cases of COVID-19 at Monsignor Augustin Caron Elementary School in Lasalle, and the local health unit has closed St. Joseph’s Catholic High School due to an outbreak of COVID-19, where five confirmed cases were reported at the school. Anyone who was in the building between September 7 and 9 is being asked to get tested. All students at St. Josephs’s are being shifted to virtual learning, and students who need devices can pick them up at the school. You can read more here.
The public-school board is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 at Roseland Public School today, and close contacts have been notified and are following the direction of the local health unit. You can read more here.
The number of COVID cases in already in schools shows that mandatory vaccines are necessary for all staff, alongside smaller class sizes and adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the existing student immunization list for all eligible kids. Instead, the provincial government has not required anyone be vaccinated, has cut $800 million from education this year, and has not spent any of the $2.7 billion in COVID-fighting funds from the federal government. We must do more to stop COVID, protect kids, and prevent further disruptions to in-class learning.
To find up-to-date information from the public-school board about COVID-19 cases, see here.
To find up-to-date information from the Catholic school board about COVID-19 cases, see here.
COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has updated their list of potential public exposure points for COVID-19, along with the date of potential exposure. You can find that list here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.