The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting two new cases today, both of which are considered community acquired. Yesterday and Tuesday there were no new cases. Our region has had 16,832 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are 23 active cases in our community, with 10 of those being variants of concern. There are two confirmed cases in the hospital, with one in the ICU, and 16,374 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 468,440 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 74.9 per cent of individuals over the age of 18 having received one dose, and 54.1 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 210 cases of COVID-19 today. Yesterday there were 194 cases, and on Tuesday there were 164 cases.
MENTAL HEALTH INVESTMENTS FOR KIDS
A new report by the Hospital for Sick Children shows that half of kids eight to 12 years old and 70 per cent of adolescents reported clinically significant depressive symptoms as a result of the pandemic and school closures. My office has heard from many constituents on this important issue, and the impact that remote learning has had on their children. The Sick Kids report shows that the longer kids spend online instead of in school, the more likely it is they will experience depression and anxiety. My colleagues and I continue to call for the government to make the necessary investment to protect our kids and ensure they can return to school and remain in the classroom come September. We are calling for a cap on class sizes of 15 students, better ventilation, and more mental health supports for children. You can find the Sick Kids report here.
ADVOCATING FOR LONG-TERM CARE
Our caucus is urging the provincial government to refuse license renewal applications from long-term care homes that failed seniors during the pandemic. Nearly 4,000 families are still grieving the loss of a loved one who died during this pandemic. Handing out license extensions to the companies that allowed this to happen insults the memory of those who passed away, and threatens the well-being of the survivors. We continue advocating for a new long-term care and home care plan that commits to building an entirely public and non-profit system to replace for-profit homes, plus adding space for 50,000 more people.
With daycare costs continuing to skyrocket, my colleagues and I are calling on the provincial government to follow the Government of British Columbia’s example and make an agreement with Ottawa to create $10-per-day childcare in Ontario. Families in Ontario pay astronomical childcare fees – so high, we hear from people delaying having a baby they desperately want because of the cost of childcare. The pandemic has caused even more strain, as parents, often women, put off returning to a job they need, because they can’t afford childcare. The provincial government must prioritize a deal with the federal government to achieve affordable day care. That agreement must provide support for childcare workers, including the development of a wage grid and capital funding to build childcare spaces Ontarians desperately need.
A Moderna pop-up vaccination clinic is scheduled this Saturday from 12pm to 6pm in the parking lot at the corner of Ouellette Ave and Elliott St. The pop-up clinic is for anyone over the age of 18 looking for first or second doses. No appointments required.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS AT ERIE SHORES HEALTHCARE
Erie Shores Healthcare have announced that as of today, the hospital will allow two essential visitors at the same time per day, per inpatient between 8am and 8pm. Visiting restrictions remain in place for COVID-19 positive/suspected patients or ICU patients. You can read more 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.