The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported two new cases of COVID-19 today with one coming from a local health care worker and the other is a close contact to a previously confirmed case. The total number of cases for our region is now 2,452, with 2,292 cases resolved, and 71 deaths.
Windsor Regional Hospital is setting up COVID-19 pop-up testing centres as they respond to demands for tests ahead of school restarting in September. There will be a two-day drive-thru blitz next week at the St. Clair College Sportsplex followed by further testing inside the facility in September. On August 24 and 25 anyone can go to St. Clair College Sportsplex between 9am and 4pm for the drive-thru testing, however if the weather is bad it will take place inside. Starting September 8, the Sportsplex assessment centre will be open the same hours as the Ouellette Campus location which is daily from 8am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and statutory holidays.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced that they will be creating a return-to-school website for parents and guardians. The website will have information parents can use to educate children to ensure a healthy return to school. No date has been given for when the website will be up, however, the Health Unit is hoping to make it available as soon as possible.
Public schools within the GECDSB will join schools within the WECDSB in staggering start dates as they return to class in the fall. All students in grades one to 12 will be in class by Friday, Sept. 11. Early year students will not attend school until the following week, on Monday, Sept. 14. Masks are recommended for Kindergarten to Grade 3, but not required. Non-medical masks must be worn in schools at all times for Grade 4 to 12. An outline of proper screening procedures for parents before sending kids to school can be found here. The complete back to school plan for the GECDSB can be found here.
The provincial government has extended the COVID-19 pandemic emergency orders until September 22.
The Federal government announced that they are extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into September. Those still claiming CERB will be transitioned into a revamped Employment Insurance (EI) program by September 27. Three new temporary benefits are being established for EI, including a form of paid sick leave.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.