The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases reported, one is a resident in a retirement home and one is still under investigation. There are now 2,454 confirmed cases in our region, 2,292 cases are resolved, and 71 deaths.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said that any positive cases of COVID-19 at local schools will be handled the same as any other outbreak. A positive case would trigger a contact management investigation by the Health unit whereby they would collect all contact information and make a determination as to who needs to self-isolate. Parents are expected to ensure they check their kids for symptoms before sending them to school and education staff are also expected to ensure they are healthy enough to be in the classroom. The Health Unit published their back-to-school FAQ on their website which includes a symptom checklist. You can find that here.
The City of Windsor announced that they will be handing out more free hand sanitizer to the general public next week. There will be 2,400 bottles of sanitizer available, allowing for two bottles per person and physical distancing and masks will be required. The distribution locations will be as follows:
- Tuesday August 25 from 12pm to 4pm at Patterson Park in Sandwich Town. Note: residents should approach the white tent in the middle of the park
- Wednesday August 26 from 9am to 11am at Ford Test Track. Note: residents can receive sanitizer at the white tent at the south side off Milloy St near the playground.
- Wednesday August 26 from 1pm to 3pm at the Windsor International Transit Terminal at 300 Chatham St West.
The Leamington to Windsor (LTW) Transit will resume service on September 8 after service was suspended in March due to COVID-19. There will be three round trips per day, Monday to Friday and two round trips on Saturday. All transit riders are required to wear a non-medical mask on buses in accordance with Transit Windsor’s mandatory face mask policy. Exemptions will be made for children under the age of two and persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a person from wearing a mask. Fares will not be collected at this time but are expected to resume in the near future.
The federal and provincial governments announced a partnership today to provide funding that will allow 3M’s facility to expand and begin manufacturing. Each government will each contribute just more than $23 million to support 3M’s capital investment of $70 million, and in turn each will receive 25 million N-95 masks per year once the facility comes online early next year.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering in public, and wash your hands often.