The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported 11 new COVID-19 cases between Saturday, Sunday, and today. There has been a total of 16,843 cases and 434 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 45 active cases in our community, with nine of those being variant of concern cases. There are currently 12 confirmed cases in the hospital, with two of those in the ICU, and 16,364 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, a total of 451,898 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 74.6 per cent of individuals 18 and over having received at least one dose, and 50.3 per cent of adults having received both doses. Across the province today there were 170 new cases of COVID-19 today. On Sunday there were 213 cases, and on Saturday there were 209 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR BETTER STANDARDS IN LONG-TERM CARE
Our caucus continues to fight for a minimum four-hours standard in long-term care for seniors and are pushing the government to implement this before the end of 2021. The government didn’t invest in protecting seniors during the pandemic, and nearly 4,000 people tragically passed away. Staff are run off their feet, people are left immobile until they develop painful bed sores, and many can’t get help with the basics, like brushing their teeth, eating enough, or getting to the bathroom on time. We can’t wait any longer. Our priority needs to be creating a long-term care system that protects seniors’ quality of life as they age, instead of taking it away. We continue to call on the government to pass legislation for a four-hour minimum standard of care, permanently improving the wages and benefits for long-term care workers like PSWs, making their jobs full-time, and undertaking a massive recruitment and training effort.
Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents are now able to return from the United States without the required 14-day quarantine. Travellers must use the ArriveCAN app or web portal prior to departure to log their vaccination details, as well as the results of a negative COVID-19 test that’s less than three days old. While quarantine rules have changed, the Canada Border Service Agency has noted that rules around eligibility for crossing the border in the first place, have not. Mutual travel restrictions between Canada and the United States prohibiting all non-essential travel is still in effect until July 21. You can read more here.
SUMMER EATS FOR KIDS PROGRAM
Starting tomorrow, the United Way’s Summer Eats for Kids program will offer weekly food boxes free of charge for families in need of food support over the summer. Other items, such as books and physical activity equipment will also be included. Pick-ups will be on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm at St. James Catholic Elementary, Catholic Central High School, and St. Louis Catholic Elementary in Leamington. A second pick-up day will be available in Windsor on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm at West Gate Public School, Dougall Avenue Public School, and Frank W Begley Public School. More information can be found here.
The City of Windsor reopened six outdoor pools today, however, residents need to reserve a spot so the City can meet capacity restrictions. Reservations at outdoor pools can be made by calling 519-253-2300 ext. 2907 or at www.activewindsor.ca
Essex’s outdoor concert series, Tune Up the Parks, will welcome back in-person audiences this year. The series will run until September 5 every Monday and Wednesday at locations alternating between Colchester Park and Heritage Gardens Park. The series will start in Colchester Park this evening with a performance by a hard-rock cover band at 7pm. You can read more information 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.