The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today along with the loss of a community member this weekend. Yesterday there were two new cases of COVID-19, and on Saturday there was one new case. There have been 16,845 cases and 436 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 23 active cases in the region, six of which have been identified as variants of concern. There are five people currently in the hospital, 16,386 cases have been listed as resolved, and 486,669 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally. Across the province today there were 114 cases of COVID-19 reported today, the lowest daily number in more than 10 months, and no additional deaths. Yesterday there were 166 cases, and on Saturday there were 179 cases.
SUPPORT FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
We all know that the tourism industry in Ontario needs a significant boost since many tourism businesses, like museums, restaurants, and campgrounds, have been devastated by the pandemic. Ontarians should be encouraged to vacation in our province and patron our local businesses. This is why my caucus colleagues and I are renewing our call for the provincial government to bring in a $1,000 tax credit for Ontarians to stay and play in the province this summer. My colleague, MPP Wayne Gates, proposed a bill in 2020 for this tax credit. The government promised to adopt it, and then watered it down so families would only get $200 back when they spend $1,000. Now, the Premier and his government have walked away from the idea until at least 2022-23. The Travel Ontario Tax Credit is the help we need right now to give working families a well-needed vacation this summer, and get the hospitality, arts, and culture sectors back on track.
There will be a walk-in clinic tomorrow afternoon in Parking Lot #22 at Bruce Ave and University Ave between 10am and 4pm. The walk-in clinic will offer first and second doses of Pfizer to those aged 12 to 17 years old, and Moderna to those 18+ while supplies last. Residents with mobility issues may receive their shot in their vehicle.
The local health unit has launched an online registry for individuals who received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine outside of the province or country. Proof of their vaccination will be required. You can find the registration form and more information here.
JUNE 27 MIRACLE
The final count from the June 27 Miracle is in, and our community raised more than 1 million pounds of food for people in need. The items have already been handed out to 25 organizations and have also been delivered or picked-up by people who reached out looking for assistance. Thank you again to all who donated and/or volunteered this year! You can read more information here.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask when you’re out in public, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.