Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - April 7

Published on April 7, 2020

Good evening everyone,

This morning, the Prime Minister confirmed that 500,000 N95 masks from 3M will arrive in Canada tomorrow. The Prime Minister also said government has been working with a number of industry partners to develop supplies to help Canada combat COVID-19

As a reminder, if you are eligible for the CERB and your birthday falls in April, May or June, you can apply today on the government’s online portal here.

Premier Doug Ford and Minister Christine Elliott said today that Ontario needs “all hands on deck” and is launching the Health Workforce Matching Portal to match and fill much-needed healthcare positions. The portal will match the availability and skillsets of frontline health care workers to the employers in need of assistance. The government is looking for retired or non-active health care professionals, internationally educated health care professionals, students, and volunteers with health care experience. You can read the complete news release here.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has started a national campaign ‘Neighbourhood Helper’. Through this initiative they are helping anyone who is in need; from delivering groceries to running general errands. You can learn more about it here.

The Ford Engine Plant has started producing protective face shields after retooling a portion of their factory. The first shipments included deliveries to Aspen Lake Nursing Home, Lasalle Police, Windsor Regional Hospital, OPP Essex, Hotel-Dieu Grace Long Term Care, Leamington Hospital, the Downtown Mission and Sunrise Living.

My office has heard from a number of constituents who have had difficulties with the Assisted Devices Program. If you, or someone you know, has had any issues, please reach out to my office at [email protected].

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex has risen to 227, with the number of deaths now at 6.

Thank you everyone for listening to public health officials and following their directives. We need to continue to practice social distancing, wash our hands regularly and self-isolate if we’re not feeling well. We will get through this together.


  • Percy