The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting a net decrease of two cases in our region today due to a data cleanup. Yesterday there was a net decrease of nine cases, and over the past weekend 11 cases were reported between Friday and Sunday. There has been a total of 16,832 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 28 active cases in the community, with eight of those being variants of concern. There are 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, with one in the ICU, and 16,369 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, 462,122 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 74.9 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received at least one dose, and 52.7 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 194 cases reported and no new deaths related to COVID-19 for the first time in nine months. Yesterday there were 164 cases, and on Monday there were 170 cases.
CAREGIVER BENEFIT PROGRAM
Our caucus has called for a Caregiver Benefit Program to be created to help care for informal caregivers – those who regularly help a loved one who is aging or living with a disability in their own home or a retirement setting. We know that home is the healthiest, happiest place for many people as they age, and improving home care so people can live at home longer is an important aspect of ensuring that can happen. Most people living at home with care needs have a spouse, a child, or a good friend who is there, day in and day out. They’re the ones who cook the meals, make the doctor’s appointments, and are trusted to help with personal care. We are calling for a program to provide $400 a month to informal caregivers, to help with additional expenses, such as transportation costs, so the people who selflessly pour their time and their hearts into caring for another person have the support they need.
EASING RESTRICTIONS FOR LONG-TERM CARE VISITORS
As of today, long-term care residents can have outdoor visits with up to 10 people at a time. Residents can now also meet indoors with up to two essential caregivers and two general visitors. Personal care services are also now permitted to resume for long-term care residents, and there is no longer a limit on the number of people who can be deemed essential caregivers by long-term care residents of their substitute decision-makers. More information can be found here.
PORTER AIRLINES RETURNING TO WINDSOR
Porter announced that they will be resuming services in Windsor starting September 8 with three routes, with additional routes scheduled for September 13, 17 and October 6. You can find more details here.
LOCAL BEACH CLOSURES
As residents continue to look for ways to beat the heat, the local health unit has released their beach water testing today, resulting in Seacliff Beach in Leamington and Mettawas Beach in Kingsville being closed to the public due to high e. coli counts. Belle River Beach, Cedar Beach, Cedar Island Beach, and Sandpoint Beach remain open for public swimming. More information is available 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.