The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported just one case of COVID=19 today which is considered community spread. There are now 2,450 confirmed cases in our region with 176 of those considered active. No new deaths were reported.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has released their revised school re-opening plan today. The boards’ detailed guidelines include outbreak protocols, details of what online learning will look like and key dates for when parents can opt-in or out of their schooling choices. Parents are asked to fill out the parent declaration form by Friday August 21, indicating which option they will select. The declaration form can be found here. The full plan can be found here.
Ontario Education Workers United, an organization made up of high school teachers, has raised concerns over substitute teachers being left out of the conversation on health and safety risks related to working multiple schools. Our Caucus continues to call on the provincial government to ensure the safety of kids when they return in a couple weeks by hiring more teachers for smaller, safer classes, more funding for school upgrades to ensure infection control measures are in place, and more busses to safely transport kids to and from school while social distancing.
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra is moving forward with a digital concert series for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19. The series, titled “Re-Imagine 2020” will include 12 digital concerts, each about 40 minutes in length. The first concert will be available on October 3 and the subscription cost will be $100 for the entire series.
The 2020 Ford Fire Works were cancelled to the public this year to prevent thousands from gathering together, but it was announced today that they will go ahead from a secret location and broadcast live. The fireworks will not be fired from the downtown area or from the Detroit River at all and the Mayor has encouraged residents to stay home and watch them safely on TV rather than try to find the location. The broadcast is planned from 8pm to 10pm on August 31.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.