The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 71 new cases of COVID-19 today, 50 cases yesterday, 83 cases on Sunday, and 100 cases on Saturday. Today, Toronto reported 118 cases, Hamilton reported 35 cases, and Middlesex-London reported 18 cases. Our region now has had a total of 18,667 cases and 439 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 616 active cases in our region, with 347 of those being variant of concern cases. Of the new cases reported from Saturday to today, 72 cases are from close contact with another confirmed case, 34 cases are community acquired, 14 cases are outbreak related, eight cases are travel related, and 176 cases are under investigation. There are 16 workplace outbreaks, two community outbreaks, and 21 confirmed cases in the hospital. Locally, a total of 583,310 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 80.4 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 73.3 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 564 cases reported. Yesterday there were 581 cases, on Sunday there were 811 cases, and on Saturday there were 944 cases.
The Destination Vaccination bus will be at the Transit Windsor Downtown Terminal tomorrow from 9am to 4pm to administer vaccines. No appointment is required.
On Friday September 10, there will be a pop-up vaccination clinic offered at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education parking lot from 10am to 3pm.
Vaccines remain available at the mass vaccination site located in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall for residents 12 years of age and older. You can find up-to-date information about where to get vaccinated at www.wevax.ca
The local health unit has updated their list of potential COVID-19 exposure points in Windsor-Essex. You can find those details here.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has declared an outbreak in the Medicine Unit, as two patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The Chatham-Kent Health Unit is communicating with impacted patients and families for contact tracing and will contact anyone affected. You can read more here.
ADVOCATING FOR SAFE SCHOOLS
With school’s resuming this week, my caucus colleagues and I are again calling on the provincial government to help families by establishing 14 government-funded paid sick days and family days while the pandemic is ongoing. The government has only provided three paid sick days and is refusing to invest in helping workers access them, and the government is sitting on 96 per cent of the funding set aside for the program. We need to ensure that families have enough sick days so that if a child has to self-isolate for 10 days after being exposed to COVID-19, parents can take the needed time to stay home with them without worrying about losing a pay cheque. The government must also do more to help ensure our kids, teachers, and education workers are safe in the classroom by capping class sizes, immediately implementing a comprehensive, rapid testing program for all Ontario schools, provide mental health supports, and mandate vaccines for teachers and education workers.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.