The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced today that there were nine new cases of COVID-19 for our region. Four are local healthcare workers and five are considered community spread. Our region now has 2,402 confirmed cases with 2,210 cases resolved and 71 deaths.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has released it’s back-to-school tool kit with recommendations for a safe return to the classroom in September. It outlines eight steps for ensuring safe school operations including assessing risk, reducing spread, staff training and communication plans. You can find the document here.
The City of Windsor is requiring that masks or face coverings will be mandatory in public spaces as of Aug. 19. This is a new order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and goes beyond the existing order issued by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. People with underlying medical conditions and children are exempt. The mask or face covering must cover the nose and mouth and must be worn in the following indoor public spaces: Places of business, Community centres, Places of worship, Entertainment venues, and any common areas within a multi-use dwelling (such as lobby, elevator, laundry rooms and corridors).
Today the provincial government, in partnership with the federal government, announced $4 billion in one-time assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. Funding will help municipalities deliver public services such as transit and shelters. The City of Windsor has been allocated just over $18 million, while the Town of Tecumseh has been allocated $587,994.
The Government’s first-quarter fiscal update shows that $0 has been added to the education budget, and that since April, the government spent a mere $218 million more on long-term care. The government is pinching pennies on the backs of our children, and that choice is so risky for our children’s health and wellbeing. We should be spending what it takes to get all kids into smaller, safer classes — to keep them safe, and to protect our progress in the fight against COVID-19. Furthermore, it’s devastating to learn that not only did the Government underspend on health and long-term care by $466 million, but they spent just $218 million in the raging battle against COVID-19 in long-term care homes. More than 1,845 seniors and frontline health care workers tragically died in long-term care homes. It’s abundantly, heart-breakingly clear that $218 million was nowhere near enough to fund the iron-ring around nursing homes that was needed. We’re urging the Government to go back to the drawing board, and invest in what really matters to Ontario families.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering when in public and wash your hands often.