Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - July 8

Published on July 8, 2020

Good evening,

There were 47 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with 45 of those coming from the agri-farm sector. The total in our region is now at 1,725 cases with no additional deaths to report.

Bruce Power has provided a 50-bed pop-up isolation facility at a Leamington farm to help with the outbreak in the agri-farm sector. The isolation facility is located at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre.

The United Way has launched their Summer Eats for Kids program. This year it is being handled through a drive-thru format from June 30 to August 27. Families with children are welcome to pick up a box of food once a week at six schools through Essex County. More information can be found here.

The Government introduced their COVID-19 recovery bill today. Our caucus has released a statement saying the bill falls far short on what is so desperately needed by the residents of Ontario who continue to struggle through this pandemic….in fact it doesn’t include anything for COVID-19 recovery. The bill doesn’t include a single change to safeguard long-term care residents, improve the quality of care, or increase staff wages. It doesn’t include a single dime for small and medium-sized businesses still struggling. It doesn’t add any more child care space, or increase the number of classrooms, teachers or education workers so all students can return to school safely. You can read the full statement here.

Our caucus has also issued a statement with regards to the provincial government’s plan to end pandemic pay top-up payments for people receiving ODSP and OW at the end of July. More must be done to support those in receipt of Ontario Works and ODSP. You can read that statement here.

The provincial government has announced a new pilot program designed to make it easier for truck drivers to access COVID-19 testing through a partnership with DriverCheck. More details can be found here.

The federal government announced that they expect nearly two million Canadian to remain without jobs this year as the COVID-19 pandemic drags down the domestic economy and will likely see the deficit reach $343.2 billion. You can read more here.

Please continue to follow the advice of our medical experts by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering in public, and washing your hands often.


  • Percy