Happy Friday everyone!
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported that there were 22 new cases of COVID-19 cases today. Of those, 10 are from community spread, and seven are workers in the agri-farm sector. The total number of cases in our region sits at 1,879 with no additional deaths.
The Vice-President of Critical Care at Windsor Regional Hospital, Karen Riddell, has expressed concern over recent COVID-19 Admissions to the ICU. She urged people who are sick with COVID-19 and have serious symptoms to go to the emergency department as soon as possible to avoid an ICU admission. You can read the full story here.
The provincial government announced funding for an additional 20 proposals submitted to the $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. In May, 15 projects were greenlit, focusing on areas such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences.
As outlined in yesterday's bulletin, the federal government has announced $19 billion to help safely reopen the economy. Additional details for the Safe Restart Program have been released. In order to access the $19 billion, provinces and territories will need to outline how they will invest these funds, which requires reporting and accounting of the spending. Funding will be allocated primarily on a per capita basis, with some on a needs basis as well. Of what has been announced so far, Ontario is set to receive around $7 billion.
The agreement sets out $19 billion to be allocated along seven identified priority areas:
- Testing, contact tracing, and data management
- Health care system capacity
- Vulnerable populations
- Personal protective equipment for workers
- Childcare for returning workers
- Pan-Canadian sick leave
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when out in public and wash your hands often.