The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases today, along with two additional losses of members of the community. Today, Toronto reported 104 cases, Peel reported 80 cases, Hamilton reported 18 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 19 cases. Yesterday, our region had 27 cases, and on Sunday there were 42 cases. Of the new cases reported today 18 are from close contact with another confirmed case, six are considered community spread, three are outbreak related, and 12 are under investigation. There are now 333 active cases in the community, with 166 of those being variant of concern cases, bringing our total to 19,358 cases and 450 deaths related to COVID-19. There are 14 workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, one community outbreak, and one outbreak in a long-term care home. There are 20 people in the hospital, with five in the ICU, and 18,575 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, a total of 600,369 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 82 per cent of individuals over 12 having received at least one dose, and 75.4 per cent of individuals over 12 having received two doses. Across the province today there were 574 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 610 cases, and on Sunday there were 715 cases.
Tomorrow, anyone looking to enter a non-essential indoor space, such as a restaurant, movie theatre, or gym, will be required to show proof that they have received two doses of a Canadian approved vaccine. You can find the full guidance document here.
As of tomorrow, the City of Windsor will require anyone who is 12 years of age or older to be fully vaccinated and have valid ID to use any indoor municipal recreational venue or facility. Proof of vaccination is not required for outdoor venues or facilities. You can read the full news release here.
Kingsville will similarly implement new guidelines tomorrow. They are following the modified Ontario Regulation (645/21) which says that residents under the age of 12 and those under 18 taking part in organized sports will be exempt from having to provide proof of vaccination. You can read more about Kingsville’s guidelines here.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic at 33 Princess Street in Leamington on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th from 12:00PM-7:00PM. Health cards are not required, and no appointment is needed.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
Yesterday, two classes of students, as well as a bus cohort from St. Anne Catholic High School were dismissed after one confirmed case of COVID-19, and a class at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School was sent home after one positive case was confirmed. Today, one class and one bus cohort from St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary School were dismissed after a positive case was confirmed. The Greater Essex County District School Board is reporting one new positive case from Kingsville Public School. All close contacts have been notified and are following the direction of the local health unit. Parents are reminded to monitor their kids for symptoms each morning to keep them home if they are sick.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in the Catholic school board, see here.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in the public school board, see here.
ADVOCATING FOR ONTARIANS
Our Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, has called on the provincial government to come back to work and immediately partner with the re-elected federal government to bring relief and support to Ontarians. Our caucus is calling for the provincial government to contact the federal government immediately to get to work on improving the COVID-19 response, signing a $10 per day childcare agreement, accepting federal funding to end the painfully long waits for surgeries and diagnostic procedures, and finally accept federal money to improve nursing homes. You can read a copy of the letter we sent here.
REDUCE THE RISK OF FLOODING
The City of Windsor has released some tips to help residents reduce the risk of flooding, as our area braces for a significant amount of rainfall in the forecast. You can find those tips here.
The City also offers the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program to owners of residential dwellings (single-family and duplex homes), a financial subsidy of up to $2,800 to install a sump pump and sump pump overflow and/or backwater valve(s) and/or disconnect foundation drains from the floor drain. You can find more about that program here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.