The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 13 new cases today. Out of these 13 new cases, 4 of the cases are from close contact, 5 cases are community acquired, 3 cases are outbreak related, and 1 case is under investigation. There are 131 active cases of COVID-19 with 60 of those cases being variants of concern. There are 12 people who have cases of COVID-19 in the hospital, with 10 people in acute care and 2 in the ICU. There are now 16,144 total resolved cases in Windsor-Essex. In Ontario, there were 574 cases reported today, compared to 590 cases yesterday and 469 cases on Wednesday.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE LEGISLATURE
As mentioned in yesterday’s bulletin, the Premier has called back the Legislature, not to address the pressing issues regarding pandemic relief, but to stifle criticism of his government by the unprecedented use of the notwithstanding clause. Rather than hearing the voices of Ontario, the Government has indicated an unwillingness to listen to legitimate criticism. Instead, the Premier has made it clear that he intends to use his majority government to override constitutionally protected, dissenting opinions. My colleagues and I will be working over the weekend to oppose this overstep of power.
TEMPORARY WAGE INCREASE FOR PSWS EXTENDED
The Ontario Government announced today that the temporary wage increase of $2-$3 per hour for PSWs who work in hospitals, long-term care homes and social services will continue until August 23, 2021. The wage increase was originally set to expire by the end of June, and I raised this issue at the beginning of May in the Legislature, calling on the Government to make the wage increase permanent. My colleagues and I in the Official Opposition have long been advocating for a permanent increase of $5 per hour for PSWs. We know that PSWs are overworked and underpaid, and they deserve a rate of pay that respects the hard work they do.
EASING OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
The federal government announced a multi-phase approach for reopening the border but the date in which that will start has yet to be determined. In Phase 1, all fully vaccinated travellers who have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine requirement, including the mandated hotel stay. Instead, these travellers will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before their departure, take another test upon arrival, and self-isolate until the test result comes back as negative. Again, no date has been set for when phase 1 will begin, but the federal government stated that they are aiming for a time in early July. These changes will depend on the COVID-19 case numbers and the rate of vaccination.
UPDATE ON REOPENING OF CITY OF WINDSOR AMENITIES
With the province moving into stage 1 of the reopening plan today, the City of Windsor is working on reopening Sandpoint Beach and six community outdoor swimming pools. Swimming will be available by appointment only, and you can register at activewindsor.ca. Indoor pools remain closed until stage 3 of the province’s reopening. The City is hoping to open day camps at three different locations by July 5th: Windsor Water World in downtown Windsor, Forest Glade Community Centre, and Capri Recreation Complex in south Windsor.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Please continue to stay safe and follow the public health guidelines.