Tomorrow, random drive-thru testing will wrap up in Lakeshore at the Atlas Tube Centre, 447 Renaud Line Rd, Belle River. Testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All residents of Windsor-Essex 12 years of age and older are eligible for testing. Individuals should bring their health card and updated contact information.
A reminder that the City of Windsor will be offering a second round of free sanitizer products tomorrow to small businesses, non-profit community, cultural, religious or service groups. The sanitizer will be provided through a no-contact drive-thru at the WFCU Centre from 9am to 2pm. Drivers are asked to enter through the intersection of McHugh Street and Mickey Renaud Way, then follow the signs.
Windsor-Essex has added 16 new cases as of today and now has 1,120 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths.
The Provincial Government announced today that starting June 18, family and friends will be able to visit loved ones living in long-term care homes, retirement homes, group homes and other residential-care settings that are not in outbreak. Families have been heartbroken to be separated from their loved ones in long-term care, retirement homes and congregate care. We know they’ve been worrying about their family members’ health, worrying about the social and physical consequences of isolation, and worrying about the care they’re receiving.
We recognize that more protective measures need to be put in place to keep our loved ones safe. The announcement today needs to come with more staff, a much greater supply of personal protective equipment and sanitization supplies, and the government must guarantee a rigorous, in person, frequent inspection program for all congregate care and long-term care facilities.
The new phased approach will allow visitation to be resumed under the following conditions:
- Homes must not be in outbreak;
- Homes must have an established process for communicating visitor protocol and the associated safety procedures; and
- Homes must maintain the highest infection prevention and control standards.
For family members wishing to visit loved ones, they must have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, pass an active screening questionnaire, clean their hands upon arrival and departure, wear a mask and stay in designated areas and maintain physical distance.
The Federal government is partnering with the Business Council of Canada to support its POST Promise program — a Canada-wide COVID-19 awareness campaign aimed at keeping customers, employees and communities safe as the economy restarts (POST is an acronym for People Outside Safely Together). The initiative calls on businesses to commit to five key public health measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, including maintaining physical distance, washing and sanitizing hands, keeping workplaces clean and disinfected, staying home if unwell and wearing a mask when recommended. All businesses are encouraged to participate by visiting http://www.postpromise.com. We continue to call for proper supplies of PPE and 10 paid sick days for all employees.
The Prime Minister also announced targeted investment of $133 million to support Indigenous businesses in Canada, dedicating $117 million to support small- and community-owned businesses to help them get through these challenging times. An additional $16 million will be given to businesses in the tourism industry – a sector that supports thousands of jobs across the country.
Please keep washing your hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask in public.