24 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex On Monday

Monday May 17th, 2021

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit announced 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County on Monday, bringing the local total to 16,133.

New Cases

Cases increased from 16,109 on Sunday May 16th to 16,133 on Monday May 17th and 362 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex.

The Health Unit says 14 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 5 cases are community acquired, and the acquisition sources of 5 cases are still being investigated by the Health Unit’s contact tracing staff.

Variants of Concern

The Health Unit says 1,435 preliminary or confirmed variant of concern cases have been identified to date (an increase of 13 identified since yesterday).

Variant case totals:

  • 1,338 of the total variant cases to date have been the U.K. Variant (B.1.1.7) (increase of 13 identified since yesterday)
  • 3 of the total variant cases to date have been the South African Variant (B.1.351)
  • 4 of the total variant cases to date have been the Brazilian Variant (P.1)

The Health Unit says there is a time delay of several days between specimen collection, preliminary screening, and confirmation of a variant case’s strain.

They say 212 variants of concern cases are currently active active in Windsor-Essex.

Vaccinations

Here’s the Health Unit’s vaccination update for today (residents of Windsor-Essex):

  • 203,246 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine (+2,270 since yesterday)
    • 187,902 people have received only their first dose of a vaccine (+2,122 since yesterday)
    • 15,344 people have received both doses of a vaccine (+148 since yesterday)
  • A total of 218,590 vaccine doses have been administered to Windsor-Essex County residents (+2,418 since yesterday)

The Health Unit says Windsor-Essex’s total population in 2021 is approximately 438,001. As of today, 46.40 per cent of Windsor-Essex residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Getting A Vaccine (1st Dose)

There are two vaccination programs at this time:

  • Mass Vaccination Clinics (Pfizer or Moderna)
    • Those eligible include:
      • Adults aged 30 and older in 2021 living anywhere in Windsor-Essex
      • Adults aged 18 and older, living in “hot spot” postal code regions: N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, or N9Y
      • Pregnant individuals
      • People with the “highest risk”, “high risk” and “at risk” health conditions
      • Healthcare workers in the “highest priority”, “very high priority” or “high priority” groups
      • Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home (Group 1 & Group 2)
    • See the province’s eligibility guide for full definitions of conditions and groups.
    • Vaccination booking is available at this link: https://wait.crowdhandler.com/wechuvaccination
    • Or you can call 226-773-2200 (but the Health Unit says the call centre is only for assisting people who can’t use the website and the call centre has the same access to appointments as what’s shown on the website)
  • Pharmacy Vaccinations (Moderna)
    • Adults aged 18 and older, living in “hot spot” postal code regions: N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, or N9Y can make an appointment with a participating pharmacy.
    • Please note: Despite the province’s website stating the Moderna vaccine is available to adults 18 and over with no location restrictions, the Windsor Essex County Health Unit has directed that it is only available locally to residents living in hot spot postal codes.
    • See the province’s pharmacy list and contact your chosen pharmacy directly to make an appointment: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations/moderna

For more information about vaccines and vaccination locally, visit WEVax.ca.

Getting A Vaccine (2nd Dose)

The Health Unit is now inviting healthcare workers in the “highest priority” category, along with staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes to book their second doses.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says people in these priority groups are able to book an earlier appointment from what was previously scheduled and must call the call centre at 226-773-2200 to book.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says the Health Unit will soon be reaching out to people who are due for their second doses. He says the Health Unit will be reaching out through “multiple channels” including phone calls and post cards, around two to three weeks in advance.

Resolved Cases

The Health Unit lists 15,350 total resolved cases.

That’s an increase of 36 resolved cases since yesterday.

Deaths

There have been no additional deaths from COVID-19 today and the local death toll stands at 421.

Hospitalizations

The Health Unit lists 20 hospitalizations of people from Windsor-Essex today: 17 people in acute care, and 3 people in the ICU with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex.

Cases listed on local hospital websites (note: these numbers are not updated at the same time as the Health Unit’s):

Workplace Outbreaks

  • 2 outbreaks at healthcare and social assistance workplaces in Windsor (1 outbreak is positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7)
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing workplace in Windsor (positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7)
  • 1 outbreak at a mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
  • 1 outbreak at a retail workplace in Windsor (positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7)

Community Outbreaks

  • Southwest Detention Centre

School Outbreaks

  • No current school outbreaks.

Hospital Outbreaks

  • No current hospital outbreaks.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

  • No current outbreaks.

Note: windsoriteDOTca News makes every effort to track the changes in COVID-19 data each day. These numbers are subject to change as the Health Unit makes changes to their numbers throughout each day, and errors and omissions sometimes occur with their data. Please see this page for the latest, most up to date data throughout each day.

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