The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced that a worker in long-term care was among the three people who lost their lives to COVID-19 today, along with a resident in long-term care and a person in the community. My heartfelt condolences go out to all the families who have lost a loved one due to this virus and my deepest gratitude to all the essential workers who continue to risk their health and safety for our community.
Officials from the health unit announced 26 new cases of the virus today, six of which are related to outbreaks, eight are from close contact with another confirmed case, two are considered community spread, and 10 are under investigation. There have been 12,419 cases in our region, with 297 cases considered active, 45 people in the hospital with 11 in the ICU, 11,774 cases listed as resolved, and 348 deaths. Across the province today there were 1,072 new cases. On Tuesday there were 1,022 cases, and on Monday there were 1,265 cases.
A COVID-19 outbreak at The Village of Aspen Lake has been rescinded. The owner of Schlegal Villages has also said they expect to declare the outbreak at The Village at St. Clair to be resolved soon. Currently four residents and one staff at The Village at St. Clair is positive with the virus. You can read more here.
The provincial government announced today that electricity rates will continue at the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour until February 22. This lower rate is available 24/7 for Time-Of-Use and tiered customers. You can read the announcement here.
The fiscal update that was released today shows that the provincial government is underspending on social services by $427 million. This is enough money to implement paid sick days, add staff in long-term care, and increase testing and contact tracing to stop the spread of COVID-19. This underfunding could mean more devastation for people and families already having a hard time during the pandemic. The government needs to be more transparent about where it’s spending the money and how those investments are directly supporting Ontarians.
With allegations of vaccine queue-jumping coming from around the province, we are calling on the provincial government to launch a public investigation to get to the bottom of who may have improperly received a shot and where else this may have occurred. We also need a plan to scale-up the roll-out of vaccines that includes a provincial directive on who gets thawed doses of the vaccine where there are extras left over, to ensure that the shots are going into the arms of people who need it first.
During the Big City Mayor’s meeting today, the Prime Minister announced the commitment to help municipalities, including Windsor, with their deficits caused by the pandemic. The City of Windsor is predicting a $38 million shortfall for 2021. You can read more here.
The Township of Pelee has sent a letter to the Prime Minister and the Premier to request that U.S. landowners be allowed to cross into Canada to check on their properties. The decision to send the letter was made Monday at the council meeting. You can read more here.
Please stay diligent and continue following public health advice by staying at home, only going out for essential trips, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart at all times when around others who live outside your household, and washing your hands frequently.