Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - August 18

Published on August 18, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting a jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases today. 25 new cases were reported, with 21 of the cases coming from the agri-farm sector, three from residents of a retirement home, and one is still under investigation. There are outbreaks at two long-term care or retirement homes, Shoreview at Riverside where four staff members are infected and New Beginnings in Leamington where four residents and one staff member is infected. The total number of cases for our region is now 2,449, with 2,266 cases resolved and 71 deaths.

One student at St. Clair College has tested positive for COVID-19 but the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the risk to other students remains low. Classmates of the student have been told to self-monitor for 14 days, but will be able to continue in-person learning. Some students have been on campus during the spring and summer months to complete their 2019-20 school years as part of a pilot project authorized by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Any questions related to this should be directed to the Health Unit at 519-258-2146.

Our office has been hearing about the long line-ups at Service Ontario locations in our area and we have been bringing these concerns to the Minister of Transportation’s office directly. If you have experienced these long lines and would like to email our office or send in pictures about the long wait times, we would be glad to forward them to the Minister’s office as well. Anyone who has special needs and must visit a Service Ontario location are welcome to reach out to our office and we what can be done to assist you. You can reach our office by email at [email protected] or 519-251-5199.

Our office has begun sending out certificates to commend the amazing work of people in our community who have gone above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know someone that you feel should be recognized, please let us know. You can email us at [email protected]. The City of Windsor has initiated a similar recognition effort they are calling the COVID Community Champions. For more information on the City’s initiative and to nominate someone who you think is a COVID Community Champion, please visit here.

The Street Help homeless drop-in centre is preparing to re-open hopefully in the next couple weeks. They are currently undergoing the necessary renovations to make the facility safe, but in the meantime they will continue their food handout program.

The provincial government announced that in-person infant hearing checks will resume after the service was temporarily halted as part of the province’s emergency COVID-19 measures. The government will also be committing $3.8 million to ensure that newborns who missed their check because of the shutdown will have the option of having one done.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wear your mask or face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.


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