Here are the new developments from today.
Wednesday night, the federal government received a shipment of one million masks, which are currently being inspected in a Hamilton warehouse. This shipment complements the 10 million masks received in the last few days that are currently being distributed to the provinces and territories.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced today on social media that Health Canada has released a new app to provide up-to-date news on COVID-19 including a self-assessment tool and information on financial supports that are available. The app can be downloaded here.
Premier Doug Ford announced today that Ontario is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual health supports of Ontarians, including support for frontline workers.
The Premier has asked medical experts to provide a full briefing to the public tomorrow, warning that the figures would provide a stark assessment of where the province has been, where we are now and where it might be. This update will walk the public through various scenarios on how COVID-19 can spread and its potential impact on the province.
Ontario has launched its new one-time $50 million Ontario Together Fund, to support businesses retooling existing machinery to make essential medical supplies such as masks, swabs and testing equipment. You can read the news release here.
Locally, the Windsor-Essex Food Helpline has been established to provide emergency food assistance to people in need. The helpline will operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm and is available in both English and French. There is also an interpretation service available for other languages. To access the helpline, call 1-888-488-1578. Information on the Helpline services being offered can also be accessed at here.
The City of Windsor has laid off 500 city staff. The Official Opposition wants the provincial government to step in to stop layoffs by funding municipalities to keep staff on the payroll.
Due to the suspension of service by Transit Windsor, a rebate program has been announced, although details have yet to be provided for it. When information becomes available, you can find it here.
There are 3 long-term care facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex. They are AMICA Riverside, Lifetimes, and Country Village Homes in Woodslee. As of Thursday, our region now has 128 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
I hope everyone is well and looking after themselves and their families. Please practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently so we can get back to normal sooner.