Happy Friday everyone,
Please don't forget about the June 27 Miracle Food Drive. A big shout-out to the organization for registering over 1200 volunteers so far. If you are interested in participating please visit their website.
The Windsor Public Library will be rolling out it’s curbside pickup service. A telephone number and online order form will be available Monday morning. You can find more information here.
An updated order from the WECHU to all owners and operators of agricultural farms has been issued to provide protections to Temporary Foreign Workers. It mandates that meals must be provided to TFWs completing isolation requirements, potable water is available at all times to TFWs in isolation, no TFW can be moved into non-inspected living accommodations. You can read the full order here.
We have called for the provincial government to immediately mandate quarantine protocols including guaranteed paid sick days, PPE supplied to all workers, proper alternative accommodations, and mobile testing units to be deployed to proactively test on farms.
As people are being allowed to again visit loved ones in LTC, retirement and congregate living settings, the below documents provide guidelines for each.
- Resuming Visits in Long-Term Care Homes
- Reopening Retirement Homes
- Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings
The WECHU is reporting a new outbreak of COVID-19 at Country Village Long-Term Care home. Today, there were 13 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, bringing the total number up to 1,133. There have been no new deaths, leaving the total at 67.
The province reported the lowest day-over-day increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario since March 28, with 182 cases reported from yesterday. Seventeen out of 34 public health units in Ontario reported seeing no new cases and 28 of 34 health units reported five or fewer new cases.
Effective immediately, across the province, Ontarians can now enter into close contact with up to 10 chosen people. Starting with people in the shared household, Ontarians can add people to their circle until they reach 10. People should only belong to one circle at a time and maintain physical distancing protocols with everyone else. These measures are distinct from the social gathering guidelines, which still require physical distancing measures to be taken in gatherings of up to 10 people.
The Ontario government announced they will be lifting the 30-day supply limit for dispensing Ontario Drug Benefit program medications as of June 15. Program recipients will be able to return to filling up to 100-day supply at a time. You can read the full news release here.
The government announced that Time-of-Use pricing for electricity used at all hours of the day will be set at 12.8 cents/kWh from June 1 to October 31. Regular TOU pricing will resume November 1 and customer who pay TOU prices will have the opportunity to choose to opt-in to tiered pricing.
The Prime Minister announced that orders deploying members of the military into long-term care homes in Ontario and Québec will be extended until June 26. The orders had been set to expire today.
Passengers travelling by air to, from and within Canada will now be subject to mandatory temperature checks. Anyone with a fever will be prohibited from flying. These checks will be rolled out in phases, beginning with those travelling to Canada. It is also now mandatory that travellers and airline staff wear masks on flights.
The Prime Minister also announced $14 billion in funding to the provinces and territories to develop a safe restart agreement for the next six months. This funding aims to ensure that Canadians don’t have to roll back measures to restart the economy.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, but please remember to keep following the advice of medical professionals. That means washing your hands often, wearing a face mask in public, and practicing social distancing.