Since April, the Windsor-Essex COVID Care Coalition set up the Windsor-Essex Emergency Food Helpline to assist vulnerable people in our community who need food assistance during these difficult times. Effective tomorrow, Jun 17, residents will now call 211 to access this same information regarding food assistance, including food bank locations, drive-thru or walk-thru hubs, grocery gift cards, food hampers, or delivered prepared meals. 211 is a free and confidential information and referral helpline that is available 24/7, offered in both English and French. An interpretation service is also available for other languages.
Windsor Regional Hospital is asking the public to be patient during the process of rescheduling thousands of surgical procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19. Chief of Staff Dr. Wassim Saad says patients will be notified by their surgeon’s office about their rescheduled procedure.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is 1,224 with 67 deaths.
The Ontario government released a new safety plan to guide employers on their reopening process. This guide will help employers create a safety plan that works for their individual needs and includes guidelines on face coverings and personal protective equipment that might be needed. You can find the guidelines here.
Mexico has said they won’t send any more temporary foreign workers to Canada until it has more clarity on why two workers died due to COVID-19.
Canadians benefitting from the CERB will now be able to receive payments for an additional eight weeks. In making the announcement, the Prime Minister acknowledged that some sectors of the economy will be re-opening faster than others, leaving some Canadians still out of work and in need of support. The federal government will continue to look at international best practices and monitor both the economy and the progress of the virus to evaluate if any changes need to be made to support more Canadians. More information on the CERB can be found here.
The Prime Minister also announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current measures at the border by another 30 days, meaning the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least July 21.
Please continue washing your hands, wearing a mask in public places, and social distancing as much as possible.