The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 32 new COVID-19 cases in our region today, while Toronto reported 136 cases, Peel reported 76 cases, Hamilton reported 38 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 31 cases. Yesterday, our region had 50 cases, and on Tuesday there were 39 cases. Of the new cases announced today six are from close contact with another confirmed case, 12 are considered community spread, and 14 are under investigation. There are now 320 active cases in our community, with 211 of those being variants of concern cases. There have been 19,440 cases and 451 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 12 workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and two outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. There are 25 confirmed cases in the hospital, with nine of those in the ICU. Locally, a total of 602,842 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 82.3 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 75.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 677 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 463 cases, and on Tuesday there were 574 cases.
My caucus colleagues and I are calling for the provincial government to speed up the digital app to verify vaccine certification immediately – not a month from now. The current paper system in place is confusing, and more of a burden than an app that can effectively verify customers’ vaccination status and keep everyone safe. The government needs to do a better job of helping small businesses make sure this vaccination certification program goes smoothly, as well as taking action to help businesses afford the costs associated with this extra responsibility. We continue to urge the government to close the gaps in this vaccine certificate program, including for the certificate to apply to all non-essential retail and for the government to provide businesses with funding to put the program into practice, and municipalities the funding to enforce the program rules. We also continue to call on the government to pass our bill to establish Safety Zones in which patrons, visitors, and employees at hospitals, clinics, and businesses are protected from targeted harassment.
The Destination Vaccination bus will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School tomorrow from 8:30am to 2:00pm. No appointment is needed.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic at 33 Princess Street in Leamington from 12:00PM-7:00PM. Health cards are not required, and no appointment is needed.
The mass vaccination site in the formers Sears store at Devonshire Mall remains open for first and second doses of the vaccine. Walk-ins welcome. More information is available at www.wevax.ca
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board is reporting three more student cases from McWilliam Public School, while outbreaks have been declared at Ford City Public School as well as St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary School in the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. All those affected are following the direction of the local health unit. Parents are reminded to continue monitoring their kids each morning for any symptoms, and 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.
Erie Shores HealthCare will be hosting paediatric testing in tomorrow from 8am to 12pm for youth 17 and under who need a PCR test. The assessment centre is located at 194 Talbot St. W. in Leamington. No appointment is necessary and will be available to youth with COVID-19 symptoms, those who have received an alert from the COVID app, those who live or work in a setting with a COVID outbreak, or those eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing imitative as determined by the Ministry of Health. You can read more here.
The Salvation Army is not accepting new clients at this time after an outbreak was declared at their Centre of Hope downtown this week. They are working closely with the local health unit to minimize the spread of the virus to clients and staff. Those clients currently staying at the centre are isolating and will receive regular COVID-19 testing. You can read more here.
The local health unit has updated their website with the list of all local outbreaks in our region. You can find that information here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.