Please note that my office will be closed on Monday August 2 in observance of the Civic Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday August 3.
FORMER CHATHAM-KENT-ESSEX MP JERRY PICKARD HAS PASSED AWAY
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of former MP Jerry Pickard. Jerry served as a Member of Parliament for Chatham, Kent County and Essex from 1988 to 2006. Prior to that he was a member of Kingsville Town Council, serving as a councillor, deputy reeve, and mayor. Thank you for your dedication and service to our community.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting four new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were five cases, and on Wednesday there were five cases. There has been a total of 16,883 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 in our region since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, two are from close contact with another confirmed case, and two are considered community spread. There are now 25 active cases in our community, with three of those considered to be variant of concern cases, and 16,423 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 537,747 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 75.7 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received their first dose, and 66 per cent of individuals over the age of 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 226 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 218 cases, and on Wednesday there were 158 cases.
The local health unit is reporting a zero per cent increase in the number of first doses administered to residents in Windsor-Essex. Dr. Ahmed has warned that we are starting to lag behind the rest of the province in vaccination rates and has pleaded with residents to be responsible and get vaccinated. You can read more here.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer has warned that Canada could be seeing the start of the fourth wave, driven by the Delta variant. In some regions across the country, spikes in cases have started being reported, such as central British Columbia, and Alberta is seeing the virus spread faster than it did during the peak of their third wave. According to Dr. Tam, the severity of the pandemic’s resurgence will depend largely on vaccination coverage. You can read more here.
The health unit will have a mobile, pop-up clinic tomorrow from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Frank W. Begley Public School, and the local mass vaccination sites continue to take appointments and walk-ins. You can learn more at www.wevax.ca
FEDERAL PANDEMIC BENEFITS EXTENDED
The federal government announced that they will be extending pandemic financial aid programs. Specifically, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and Lockdown Support will be extended until October 23, 2021. You can read more 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.