The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case today. Yesterday there were four new cases, and on Sunday there were two new cases. Our region has recorded 16,846 cases and 436 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 19 active cases in the community, with four being variant of concern cases. There are five cases in the hospital, one in the ICU, and 16,391 cases have been listed as resolved. There have been 490,262 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 75.6 per cent of individuals over the age of 18 having received one dose, and 59.1 per cent of individuals over the age of 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 146 new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Yesterday there were 114 cases, and on Sunday there were 166 cases.
FIGHTING TO SAVE TILBURY’S ONLY NURSING HOME
My caucus colleagues and I in the Official Opposition are calling on the provincial government to stop a for-profit corporation from taking families away from their loved ones in long-term care, by calling on the Premier to deny an application to relocate Tilbury’s only nursing home to Belle River. By cutting and privatizing long-term care, we are leaving families at the mercy of for-profit corporations that put their bottom line before seniors’ care. The public was given until July 4 to comment on the application to close and move Tilbury Manor Nursing Home’s beds into Belle River’s facility. Tilbury families deserve to be able to access long-term care in their community and they deserve care that puts the quality of life of the residents first. We continue to call for a public, not-for-profit system in long-term care that will focus on smaller, community homes, and creating 50,000 new long-term care spaces.
CHANGES TO SECOND CAREER APPLICATION PROCESS
The provincial government announced that individuals applying for the Second Career training program will no longer need to provide as much documentation to get funding. The program, which helps to train individuals for in-demand jobs, will provide weekly basic living supports for rent, mortgage, and other expenses up to $500 a week. You can learn more about the Second Career program here.
My office has heard from so many constituents who continue to struggle to get through the pandemic. Over the course of the last year and a half, we’ve heard from workers who were laid off and had difficulty accessing federal government programs while receiving no financial help from the province. We’ve heard from frontline workers who were forced to work without adequate paid sick days or PPE. And we’ve heard from businesses that are on the brink of closure because they still can’t get the financial supports they need. My colleagues and I continue to call on the government to provide more supports and resources to help those that are still struggling to make it through this pandemic.
CAESARS WINDSOR REOPENING
With the province set to move into Step Three of the reopening plan on Friday, Caesars Windsor has announced that they will be reopen at 10am that day, with the reopening limited to slot machines and select food and beverage outlets. The casino is planning to reopen table games on July 28 at 10am, pending regulatory approval. Reservations will not be mandatory, but all guests will be required to register prior to entering the building. The hotel, spa, and select restaurants will reopen at a later date. You can read full details about the reopening 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.