46 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, with 31 of those coming from the agri-farm sector. The total number of cases for Windsor-Essex is now 1,771 with no additional deaths.
Effectively immediately, face covering are mandatory on Transit Windsor buses. Exemptions will be for children under the age of two and persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a person from wearing a mask. Because of this new requirement, Transit Windsor will remove some of the social distancing signs from seats, returning buses to near-normal capacity. Masks will not be provided, so riders are expected to bring their own.
Windsor Regional Hospital is expanding the weekday hours of operation for the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Ouellette Campus in response to consistently high volumes of individuals seeking a swab test for the virus. Effective Saturday, July 11, the Ouellette campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be open one hour earlier, and one hour later - from 8 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. Hours on Saturdays and Sundays are unchanged - 9 am to 4 pm.
The Town of Essex is reopening its splash pads beginning tomorrow, Friday July 10 and will be open daily from 9am to 9pm. The splash pads are located in Colchester, Essex Centre, and Harrow and each location will have hand sanitizing stations and new signage reminding residents to follow physical distancing rules. The City of Windsor splash pads are scheduled to re-open on Monday July 13. Those will be open from 10am to 8pm seven days a week with a 10 minute time limit being enforced.
Ontario has extended its emergency orders for the COVID-19 pandemic until July 22.
Our caucus is calling on the Ford government to prioritize childcare and schools in their economic recovery plans, lining up more teachers, more education workers and more classroom spaces so all students can go back to school full-time as soon as possible in September. You can read our full statement here.
On July 13, residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills because of COVID-19 can apply for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). Applications are to be made through your electricity and natural gas utilities or unit sub-meter provider and funding is limited. CEAP provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible residential electricity and natural gas customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. More information on the program can be found here.
The Ontario government is continuing to seek advice and input from people and organizations on modernizing Ontario's Capital Markets and supporting economic growth and job creation. Read the consultation report and submit your ideas here.
Please continue to wear a face covering when out in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands often.