Happy Friday everyone,
Our office will be closed on Monday August 3 due to the Civic Holiday.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Ouellette Campus will have reduced hours for the Civic Holiday on Monday August 3. They will be open 9am to 4pm.
Windsor-Essex is reporting 21 new cases of COVID-19 today, with seven of those coming from the agri-food sector, 11 from community spread and three still under investigation. Our region now has a total of 2,306 positive cases, with 1,443 resolved cases, and 71 deaths.
It has been reported that an investigation is under way because an employee at Chuck’s Roadhouse on Tecumseh Road East unknowingly worked while positive for COVID-19, though was taking all the proper precautions while at work such as wearing a mask and social distancing. The WECHU has said it would be a low-risk contact and not a reflection of the business. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has said they will be contacting anyone who was at the restaurant on July 24 or 25. You can read the full article here.
The City of Windsor announced that they are taking part in an initiative to test local wastewater for evidence of COVID-19. The goal of the program is to help provide an early indicator if cases are increasing in the community. You can read the full article here.
LaSalle has announced that their splash pad at the Vollmer Complex is now open from 11am to 7pm daily, but will be unsupervised. The town is asking residents to limit their time on the splash pad to 15 minutes when others are waiting. Washrooms are also open and will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day.
With the announcement that child care centres will be permitted to open at full capacity on September 1, our caucus has released a statement calling for additional funding to hire more staff, and procure PPE to make sure children are kept safe and healthy. The provincial government has failed to consult with sector on what they need to operate safely. You can read the full statement here.
The Prime Minister announced that the federal government will invest nearly $59 million to protect migrant workers on Canadian farms and said they would review the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The federal government is also collaborating with the Red Cross to set up temporary housing for those affected in our region in order to support them to self-isolate. You can read the full press release here.
The federal government has launched the official COVID-19 Alert app, with Ontario being the first to test it before it is rolled out across the country. The app is completely voluntary, and will notify you if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, providing they are using the app as well. The app has no way of knowing your location, name or address, phone contacts or health information. It is available from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The federal government said there will be more announcements in the coming weeks on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), but did say that Canadians running out of CERB will be transitioned to Employment Insurance (EI) or a similar transitional, parallel benefit created for those who don’t qualify, such as contract workers.
The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, but please remember to stay safe and continue to follow the advice of our medical experts. That means practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering in public places, and washing your hands regularly.