Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - April 20

Published on April 20, 2020

Hello everyone,

A reminder that any questions regarding CERB or EI should be directed to your federal representative. If you reside in Windsor-Tecumseh, please email MP Irek Kusmierczyk at irek.kusmierczyk@parl.gc.ca. If you reside in Windsor West, please email MP Brian Masse at brian.masse@parl.gc.ca.

Public health officials Matthew Anderson (President and CEO of Ontario Health), Adalsteinn Brown (Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto), and Barbara Yaffe (Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health) provided updated projections and scenarios based on currently-available data. These projections update those that were delivered on April 3.
 
Highlights:

  • Health experts say that the COVID-19 outbreak has likely peaked in Ontario. Projections show that Ontario’s COVID-19 outbreak is behaving like the best case scenario.
     
  • While earlier models predicted a peak in cases in May, public health interventions have accelerated the peak to now.
     
  • Spread in long-term care and other congregate settings is a major issue and seems to be growing.
     
  • Latest projections are for fewer than 20,000 cumulative cases in this province. (This is significantly lower than earlier projections, but the Premier – anticipating Ontarians possibly reading into the lower numbers that the crisis has passed – emphasized that it’s too early to let down our collective guard.) The previous projections estimated Ontario having roughly 80,000 COVID-19 cases over the course of the pandemic, with between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths. Officials did not provide an update on projected deaths due to ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes.
     
  • If the best case scenario or medium scenario occur, the COVID-19 demand for ICU beds may drop to zero by May 20. Officials cautioned that this is only possible if Ontarians continue to adhere to public health measures, including social distancing.
     
  • If restrictions were lifted today, Ontario would track towards a scenario similar to what Italy experienced, pushing the peak out drastically and resulting in an aggressive surge in hospitalizations and deaths.

 

The Ontario government said they will be focusing resources and efforts on prevention and management of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes. This includes aggressive testing, screening and surveillance for residents and staff. In addition, the province will continue implementing enhanced public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and further flatten the curve. The presentation that public health officials delivered can be found here and the government’s full news release can be found here.

Workforce WindsorEssex is launching the Essential Worker Registry, an online tool for under-employed and unemployed people in the region. The program is funded by the City of Windsor. Those looking for jobs in essential services like grocery stores, manufacturing plants, or transportation services can submit their resume on the portal where employers can search and find the right people to fill their positions. 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 482 cases of COVID-19 in the community, an increase of 20 new cases since Sunday.

Please continue to stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.

  • Percy