Blitz planned to ensure compliance with vaccine passport system

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Enforcement officers from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be out in the community making sure businesses ask their patrons for proof of vaccination before allowing them inside.

They’ll conduct a blitz along with provincial officers this week.

CEO Nicole Dupuis said since the program is new, they will look to educate business owners first. She called on everyone in the community to be patient.

However, those businesses found not complying with the new vaccine certification system could be fined $1,000 for each violation. Individuals could also be fined $750.

Dupuis reminds business owners and residents they can go to the health unit’s webpage for the latest information on the Reopening Ontario Act or call.

Meanwhile, 75.5 per cent of residents over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated.

The health unit reported an increase of 50 COVID-19 infections on Wednesday. While 18 are still under investigation, 22 people are close contacts of other cases the health unit has already documented. Another eight people caught the virus in the community, and two are related to travel.

Public health officials said there was one more death from the virus, a woman in her 80s who lived in the community, bringing the total number of fatalities in the region to 451 since March 2020.

The number of active cases in Windsor-Essex continues to slide. There are 347 as of Wednesday, with 212 of those involving a variant of concern.

There are 22 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and five of the current 20 outbreaks are in schools.