The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 29 new cases of COVID-19 today, while Toronto reported 107 cases, Peel reported 33 cases, Hamilton reported 39 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 19 cases. Yesterday, our region had 37 cases, and on Monday there were 40 cases. There are now 281 active cases of COVID-19 in our region, with 179 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our regional total to 19,656 cases and 454 deaths since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, 13 are from close contact with another confirmed case, five are considered community spread, and 11 are under investigation. There are 14 workplace outbreaks, five school outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and two outbreaks at long-term care/retirement homes. Locally, 610,649 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 83 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 76.9 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 495 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 466 cases, and on Monday there were 613 cases.
LOCAL RESTRICTIONS FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS
The local health unit has said that COVID-19 cases linked to bars, clubs, and restaurants are down since Dr. Nesathurai imposed the Letter of Instruction that prohibited those establishments from allowing dancing, and made it mandatory for them to close by 12am. Prior to new measures being implemented, there were 44 establishments that had COVID-19 exposures leading to 67 cases, however since then there have been only eight cases linked to six restaurants. At this time, the local health unit has not released a timeline on when these restrictions will be lifted. You can read more here.
The local health unit is developing plans for the vaccination of children aged five to 11 once that group is approved to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Though there is no target date yet, Pfizer has said they aim to seek authorization soon for a vaccine intended for kids in this age range. You can read more here.
The province of Ontario is recommending that those aged 18-24 should receive the Pfizer vaccine out of an abundance of caution, as a rise of myocarditis and pericarditis cases have been observed among males in this age group who have received the Moderna vaccine. The province says the side-effect is still rare and the majority of cases are considered mild. You can read more here.
The local health unit will be holding the following pop-up vaccination clinics this week. No appointments are required:
- Ongoing until October 8 at the parking Lot at 33 Princess St in Leamington – open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm
- September 30 – Food Basics parking lot at the corner of Tecumseh Road East and Lauzon Road – from 10am to 3pm
First and second doses of the vaccine also remain available at the mass vaccination site, located in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall. No appointments are needed. More information can be found at www.wevax.ca
The Municipality of Lakeshore has said that while they encourage all employees to be vaccinated, testing will be available twice a week for those that remain unvaccinated. This policy has not yet been passed, and will be brought back for approval at a future meeting. You can read more here.
ENFORCING VACCINE PASSPORTS
Today, Andrea Horwath, the Leader of the Official Opposition wrote a letter to the Premier to demand enforcement of vaccine certificate rules to keep Ontarians safe and the economy open, after hundreds of businesses have stated they will refuse to abide by public health rules and to check vaccine status upon entry. You can read a copy of that letter here.
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
Sainte-Ursule Catholic Elementary School is reporting more cases of COVID-19 at the school, with five cases now confirmed. The local health unit has notified all affected students. Parents are reminded to please monitor their children each morning for COVID-19 symptoms 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
NATIONAL TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION DAY
A reminder that my office will be closed tomorrow in observance of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. As the provincial government has not recognized the day as a statutory holiday in Ontario, most businesses and services will remain open. In Tecumseh, all town offices and Tecumseh Arena will be closed for the day, along with banks and federal offices.
I would encourage everyone to make some time in the day to reflect and learn about the tragic legacy of residential schools, and honour the victims and survivors. There will be an Every Child Matters Healing Walk along the waterfront with opening ceremonies at 11am east of Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens, and the walk commencing at 1pm along the Riverfront Trail. Masks and social distancing are in effect for the event. For more educational programs and resources, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.