The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 87 new COVID-19 cases today, while Toronto reported 175, Peel reported 136, York Region reported 85, and Hamilton reported 46. Yesterday, our region had 46 cases, and on Wednesday, there were 51 cases. Of the new cases announced today, 20 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 14 are considered community spread, 3 are outbreak related, 4 are travel related, and 46 are under investigation. There are currently 519 active cases in the community, with 361 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 16 workplace outbreaks, 2 community outbreaks, and 16 confirmed cases in the hospital, with 5 of those in the ICU. Locally, 79.6 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 have received their first dose, and 72.6 per cent of individuals over 12 have received both doses. Across the province today, there were 865 new cases of COVID-19 reported, with 628 cases coming from individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. Yesterday, there were 865 cases, and on Wednesday, there were 656 cases.
PROROGATION OF THE LEGISLATURE UNTIL OCTOBER 4
Despite the fact that we are in the midst of a fourth wave and that COVID-19 cases are rising, the Premier decided to prorogue the legislature for three more weeks from when the Legislature was supposed to resume on September 13, 2021. Rather than ensuring that schools and businesses are safe and that healthcare workers have the resources they need to fight against the fourth wave, the government has chosen to abdicate their responsibility.
NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, NIGHTCLUBS, AND BARS
Dr. Ahmed issued an order under Ontario Regulation 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Step 3) that would enact the following restrictions starting September 7, 2021:
- Zero tolerance for non-compliance on all requirements
- Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and adult entertainment venues to limit hours of operation to 12:00am (midnight)
- For food or drink establishments with dance facilities — prohibit dancing indoors, except where the dancing is part of employment and 2 meters distance can be maintained
Starting September 20, 2021, the following restrictions will be in place for weddings and funerals:
- Prohibit dancing indoors, except for the marital couple
- Limit capacity of wedding, funeral, rite or ceremony to the number of persons that can maintain 2 meters of physical distance up to a maximum of 100 people
- Ensure a proof of vaccination certifications for all attendees
For more information, click here: https://www.wechu.org/letter-instruction?mc_cid=e9c0261112&mc_eid=948a72e438.
ERIE ST. CLAIR HOSPITALS TO SET DEADLINE FOR VACCINATIONS OF ALL EMPLOYEES
As of September 7, 2021, the Ontario Directive #6 will take effect and requires all employees, credentialed staff, contractors, learners/students, and volunteers to provide evidence of full vaccination or the completion of regular testing. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will also be required to complete a mandatory education module on the COVID-19 vaccine unless a medical exemption is provided. The Erie St. Clair hospitals, which include Windsor Regional Hospital, Erie Shores Healthcare, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, and Bluewater Health, has stated that employees (not including those with an accommodation for medical exemption or under the Ontario Human Rights Code to full vaccination) will be subject to progressive policies beyond mandatory education and testing, leading to unpaid leave and/or termination for cause. Timing of this implementation has yet to be determined. Mandatory vaccination for new staff will also be implemented by all hospitals. For more information, please click here: https://www.wrh.on.ca/uploads/News/Joint_Media_Release_Vaccinations_Sept_3_2021.pdf.
CLOSED FOR LABOUR DAY
A friendly reminder that the office will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labour Day.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.