There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Windsor-Essex, four of which are from the agri-farm sector. With the new cases comes one new death, bringing the total number of cases to 1,840 and 69 deaths.
Effective immediately, up to two people can visit a loved one in a long-term care home for an outdoor visit, no COVID-19 test necessary. On July 22, indoor visits for two at a time can resume. Verbal attestation of a negative COVID-19 test will apply.
The provincial government announced that they will invest $1.75 billion for the development of long-term care beds in Ontario over the next five years. This announcement means the for-profit corporations that have failed seniors for years could get even more public money. If we want to improve the conditions, we should be committing to hiring enough staff to deliver four hours of hands on care per resident per day; raising PSW wages and offering them full-time jobs; and getting the profits out of long-term care. The government has also said they are also redeveloping long-term care homes to be more modern, including dedicating funds so that air conditioning will be added to existing long-term care homes. We had called on the government last week to introduce a bill requiring air conditioning in all residents’ rooms in long-term care homes to address the dangerous, sweltering conditions in many homes across the province.
According to a study done by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, about three-quarters of Ontario's small businesses have taken on debt as a result of COVID-19, and about 67% of these businesses anticipate that it will take them more than a year to pay off their debt. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Official Opposition has called on the Government to implement the following measures:
- 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months for businesses that continue to struggle with decreased revenue as a result of COVID-19
- A utility payment freeze
- A remote-work, physical-distancing and safe re-opening set up fund, to help with computers for staff to work at home, upgrades to make workplaces safe for staff and the public, and PPE
We know that small businesses are going to need help recovering after the pandemic, and we will continue advocating for supports that will provide true relief.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when out in public, and wash your hands often.