The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. Three of the cases are in the agri-farm sector, three involve local healthcare workers, one is related to travel to Michigan, four are community based, and three others remain under investigation. There are now 2,393 confirmed cases in our region with 2,191 cases listed as resolved and 71 deaths.
As Windsor moves into Stage 3 of the re-opening framework tomorrow, the City will be resuming some municipal services over the next few weeks. Included in this are the re-opening of playground equipment, parking enforcement, and indoor visitations at Huron Lodge. Visitors to Huron Lodge will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within two weeks prior to their visit. For the full list of services resuming, please visit the City of Windsor website here.
A new outbreak has been declared at a local retirement home. The health unit reported one staff member at New Beginnings in Leamington tested positive for the virus on August 10. Augustine Villas in Kingsville is still experiencing at outbreak where three people tested positive last month.
The Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore has installed ice on Rink C and is now officially re-opened with safety precautions in place. There is a limit of ten people on the ice at one time, coaches included, and only hockey and figure skating organizations can use the rink. Individuals interested in being placed on the ice time waiting list should call the Atlas Tube Centre at 519-727-0470.
Our caucus has again called for the provincial government to take the necessary steps to implement a plan that will see kids return to school in smaller, safer classes this September. While the government continues to defend the risky back-to-school plan, parents and educators continue to speak out about their fears for the fall. Our caucus wants to see smaller class sizes by hiring more teachers and utilizing temporary learning spaces to ensure social distancing, as well as the necessary upgrades to schools for infection control and good ventilation.
Although we have entered Stage 3 of the re-opening framework, it is important that everyone continue all the great work we’ve done to get us to this point. That means practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering in public and washing your hands often.