The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 216 new COVID-19 cases today, along with four additional deaths. The four deaths reported were in long-term care/retirement homes. Of the new cases announced, 31 are related to outbreaks, 10 are from close contact with another confirmed case, six are considered community spread, and 169 are still under investigation. Our region now has 2,802 active cases, bringing the total to 10,494 case, with 7,451 cases listed as resolved, 111 confirmed cases in the hospital with 18 in the ICU, and 241 deaths. Across the province today there were 3,326 new cases. On Wednesday there were 2,961 cases, on Tuesday there were 2,903 cases, and on Monday there were 3,338 cases.
COVID-19 modelling for Windsor-Essex shows that our region has been hit harder than most other regions. We have the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the province, sitting at 14 per cent. The region also has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases at 323 per 100,000 people per week, which is twice as high as all but five other health units in the province.
A stay-at-home order is now in effect across Ontario. The provincial order requires everyone to stay home except for essential outings, such as accessing health care, shopping for groceries, or outdoor exercise. More information from the province is available here.
Our office has heard from a number of constituents who are confused about what is allowed under the new order. We continue to seek clarification on the order, and we will provide any new updates we receive. In order to prevent our health care system from becoming even more overwhelmed, please stay at home and only go out when absolutely essential.
Every Ontarian must do their part to stop the spread of COVID, but we can’t be successful if the government continues to withhold meaningful supports. We need to implement paid sick leave, pay small business owners when they pause operations, open more self-isolation centres, ban all evictions, stop non-essential travel between regions, and send more testing and tracing capacity right into workplaces and hot-spot neighbourhoods. I also believe we can and must recruit thousands of long-term care workers with higher wages and on-the-job training.
Windsor Police have said they will be monitoring compliance with the newly imposed emergency order. Officers can order people attending gatherings to go home, close any building where an illegal event is taking place, and ask for the name and address of anyone they think is committing an offence under the emergency legislation. Charges can be laid through a ticket or a summons to appear in court, with the minimum fine set at $750. Please contact the Windsor Police at their non-emergency line 519-258-6111 with all complaints and inquiries related to enforcement.
Windsor Regional Hospital declared an outbreak on both the 4 Medical (4M) and 6 East (6E) units at the Ouellette Campus, and the 4 North (4N) unit at the Met Campus today. You can find more information here.
The provincial government has put a temporary pause on residential evictions, but the Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders during the pause. We have heard from people across the province about the lack of accessibility for virtual Landlord and Tenant Board hearings. Our caucus has called for the provincial government to immediately enforce a real ban on all eviction notices, hearings and orders, as this new order still leaves people vulnerable to evictions during the pandemic. All Ontarians have the right to access the tribunal in an equitable and fair manor. You can read the official release from the province here.
The provincial government announced that their Small Business Support Grant, first announced in December, will be launched tomorrow. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.
The City of Windsor says municipal services remain accessible via online tools and services and most public services will continue. An updated list of what services are available and in what capacity can be found here.
Tecumseh announced today that they are cancelling the Tecumseh Corn Fest for 2021 due to uncertainty on whether large gatherings will be allowed by the end of summer.
Please follow all public health guidelines to stop the spread of the virus, including wearing a face mask when out in public, continuing to practice social distancing of two metres from other people, and washing your hands often.