The provincial government announced that Leamington and Kingsville will be able to move into Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan as of 12:01am on July 7. The reasons given for allowing these areas to move into Stage 2 now were because the government is confident that outbreaks have been contained, community transmission is low and resources are available for contact tracing and testing.
We continue to call on the government to stop allowing asymptomatic workers continue to work on farms. Instead, we are calling for investing in resources required to ensure that workers have proper sick pay, safe accommodations and that farmers have the supports they need to ensure harvests are not lost.
There are three seniors’ homes in our region that are currently experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. They are Riverside Place long-term care home, Devonshire Retirement Residence, and Extendicare Tecumseh long-term care home.
Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, with four being from community spread and the other three under investigation. These new cases brings the total number of confirmed cases for Windsor-Essex to 1,672. There are no new deaths.
Our party is continuing to call on the provincial government to step up and do more to help parents and schools as the plan for returning in September remains inadequate. We are calling for a number of specific commitments from the provincial government, including everything from more teachers and school busses to ensure physical distancing, to paid leave for parents who have kids learning from home. You can read the statement here.
Please continue to practice social distancing as much as possible, remember to wear your mask in public, and wash your hands often.