Windsor-Essex is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 today, with seven of those cases coming from the agri-farm sector. The total number of confirmed cases for our region is now 1,829 with no additional deaths.
Mayor Dilkens spoke today to the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The virtual meeting highlighted the need for financial assistance from the upper levels of government as the City of Windsor anticipates a $30 million deficit this year due to COVID-19. We have continued to call on the provincial government to step in and provide operating funding relief for municipalities. This will help ensure that they are able to continue providing vital services and to avoid increasing property taxes.
Our caucus has put forward an emergency action plan for full, safe return to school in September. The action plan includes steps such as hiring more educators to allow for smaller class sizes and funding for extra supports for students who are struggling or have special needs and for school upgrades that will help with infection control. You can read our full statement here.
Our caucus has also called on the provincial government to act immediately to address problems in long-term care homes, such as staffing up ahead of a possible second wave of COVID-19. Staff in long-term care homes have been sounding the alarm on critical issues, like quality of care and staff wages, long before the pandemic. We can’t afford to wait to fix the problems we all know are hurting our parents and grandparents right now. Full details about what we are calling for can be found here.
The Ontario government announced they will be spending over $1 million to scale up operations to manufacture made-in-Ontario N95 masks. The money is coming from the Ontario Together Fund. More information is available here.
The closure of the Canadian-U.S. border has been extended, restricting non-essential travel until August 21, 2020.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.