The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is reporting 73 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of another community member. Our region has the highest per cent positivity in the province at 9.3 per cent. Today, Toronto had 159 cases, Peel had 73 cases, Hamilton had 55 cases, and Middlesex-London had 34 cases. Yesterday, our region had 46 cases, and on Tuesday there were 71 cases. There are now 546 active cases, bringing the total number of cases in our region to 18,786 and 444 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today, 26 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 10 are considered community spread, one is outbreak related, and 36 are under investigation. There are 16 workplace outbreaks, one community outbreak, and one outbreak in a long-term care home. There are 24 confirmed cases in hospital, with three in the ICU, and 17,796 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, a total of 585,336 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 80.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 73.6 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 798 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 554 cases, and on Tuesday there were 564 cases.
Windsor Regional Hospital is reassuring the public that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and are encouraging individuals who are pregnant or have given birth recently and are breastfeeding to get vaccinated against COVID-19. You can read more information here.
There will be a pop-up vaccination clinic offered tomorrow 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
LOCAL BEACH WATER ADVISORY
As summer winds down and we try to make the most of the warm weather while it lasts, the local health unit has provided an update on which beaches are safe to swim at. According to the most recent testing done of bacteria levels, the health unit has recommended that residents don’t swim at Mettawas Beach in Kingsville. All other beaches in the area are safe. You can find up-to-date testing results here.
The Windsor Ribfest will be returning to Riverfront Festival Plaza this year as a drive-thru event due to COVID-19. It will take place on September 18 and 19. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.