Today our region reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, with five of the cases being from the agri-farm sector, one from a local healthcare worker, and three from community transmission. This leads to a total of 1,444 cases in the region with 71 deaths.
The Province announced that Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 for at least another week. They attribute this decision to the recent outbreaks in our area, particularly among the agri-farm sector. As our Caucus pointed out last week, the Government needs to provide more resources for contact tracing and to protect migrant workers who continue to be vulnerable to this virus due to their living and working conditions. We continue to call on this government to provide support for small and medium sized businesses who are struggling to make ends meet while they remain closed. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have called for a utility payment freeze as well as a 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months for businesses that continue to struggle with decreased revenue as a result of COVID-19.
The Riverside, John Muir, and Budimir Windsor Public Library Branches opened as of today. Their hours will be Monday and Wednesday from 1pm until 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am until 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am until 5.pm. Visitors can use the computers for 45 minutes and then staff will sanitize the stations during the last 15 minutes of the hour before a new visitor uses the computer.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board announced their plan for reopening schools in September to be considered by the school board trustees. For more information on the plan, please follow this link: https://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/local-catholic-board-releases-return-to-school-plan-1.13146915.
Please continue to practice physical distancing, washing your hands frequently, and wearing your mask in public.