There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex today, all of which are cases that come from close contact, with two being healthcare workers. The total number of confirmed cases is now 2,493.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported another incident of community transmission at local businesses in our community. A customer visited three restaurants and later tested positive for COVID-19. While Dr. Ahmed has indicated that the incident is low-risk, the risk for infection remains, and he is encouraging anyone who is showing even the slightest of symptoms to stay home. This is a good example of why contact tracing is so important, and if you haven’t already done so, you may wish to download the Government of Canada COVID-19 Alert app in order to help make contact tracing more effective. To learn more about the app and to download it, please click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html.
There will be a staggered start to the school year for Greater Essex County District School Board students. Instead of starting school on Tuesday, September 8, the first day of school will be Thursday, September 10. Students from junior kindergarten to grade eight will be split into two groups, sorted alphabetically in order to keep family members together. Parents will be notified in the near future about what group their child will be in and what date their children will return to school. Students from junior kindergarten to grade eight in the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board will also have a staggered start. Grades 1, 2, 3, 7 and SK/1 classes will begin Thursday, September 10 and Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, ¾ split, and 7/8 split will begin on Friday, September 11. If you’re looking for more information on when your child returns to school, please contact the respective school board. The Greater Essex County District School Board can be reached at (519) 255-3200 and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board can be reached at (519) 253-2481.
If you have noticed your hydro bill being higher over the past couple of months, please contact my office at [email protected]. Our caucus anticipated an increase in utility bills when the Government announced that the fixed COVID-19 rate would be 12.8 cents per kWh, 24 hours a day, seven days a week from June 1 to Oct. 3. We opposed this move and called on the Government to lower bills rather than raising them in the middle of the pandemic.
The Ontario Government is now permitting long-term care residents to leave their homes for short-stay and temporary absences. For short-stay absences, which do not include overnight visits, homes must provide residents with medical masks to be worn at all times during their absence, and they will be actively screened when they return to the home. Temporary absences, which include overnight visits, will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and residents will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the home. The Ministry has also said that they will release an updated policy next week. For more information, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/mltc/en/2020/08/safe-outings-now-possible-for-long-term-care-home-residents.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p.
Enjoy your weekend everyone, but please stay safe by wearing a mask in public, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands frequently.