The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 33 new COVID-19 cases today in our region, while Toronto reported 144 cases, Peel reported, 83 cases, Hamilton reported 66 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 8 cases. Yesterday, our region had 32 cases, and on Wednesday there were 50 cases. Of the new cases announced today 14 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 11 are considered community spread, one is outbreak related, and seven are under investigation. There are now 302 active cases in the community, with 190 of those being variants of concern cases. There have been a total of 19,473 cases, and 451 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in our region. There are currently 14 workplace outbreaks, seven school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and three outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. There are 19 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 10 in the ICU. Locally, a total of 604,560 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 82.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 76 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 727 cases. Yesterday there were 677 cases, and on Wednesday there were 463 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR ONTARIANS
The newly released 2020-21 Public Accounts of Ontario report shows that the provincial government withheld $5.6 BILLION that should have been used to protect Ontario families from COVID, put more nurses and PSWs into health care, and make schools and daycares safer. The government had the money and chose not to spend it. This is a blow to parents who are sending their children to schools and daycares that the government could have made safer. It’s a blow to workers who don’t have enough paid sick days. It’s demoralizing for frontline health care heroes who are understaffed, feeling disrespected, and burnt out. And it’s infuriating for small businesses and their staff – who are still struggling to keep their doors open. We should have hired people in health care and long-term care, invested in a safe schools plan for our kids, beefed up public health units instead of cutting them, helped small businesses, workers, and the tourism sector. The provincial government could have made the third wave less painful for Ontarians but instead they chose not to spend the money.
EXPANDING CAPACITY LIMITS
The province is expanding the capacity limits for indoor sports venues, meeting and event spaces, concerts, theatres, and cinemas to 50 per cent up to a maximum of 10,000 people. For outdoor events where patrons are standing, the capacity limits will increase to up to 75 per cent capacity or 15,000 people, while outdoor venues where patrons are seated will see the capacity raised to 75 per cent up to 30,000 people. You can read more here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The French Catholic school board is reporting that two classes are isolating after a confirmed case of COVID-19 at L’Essor Catholic High School in Tecumseh. All affected students have been notified and are following the direction of the local health units. Parents are reminded to monitor their children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to keep them home if they are sick.
For up-to-date information on outbreaks at the public school board, see here: https://www.publicboard.ca/News/COVID-19Report/Pages/default.aspx#/=
For up-to-date information on outbreaks at the Catholic school board, see here: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
An outbreak has been declared at the Village at St. Clair where two residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The local unit has updated their website with the list of all current outbreaks in our region. You can find that information here: https://www.wechu.org/cv/local-updates
Open Streets Windsor is set to return for the first time since 2019. The event, which runs from Sandwich Town to Ford City, will take place on Sunday October 17 from 10am to 2pm. You can find more information here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.