There were 6 new cases of COVID-19 reported today, bringing the total number in Windsor-Essex to 1,244 and 67 deaths.
Our party believes that no business should face eviction during the pandemic, and the recent legislation excludes hundreds of thousands of businesses, leaving them vulnerable. You can read our statement here.
Interest free loans are now available through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to small to medium-sized tourism, IT and manufacturing companies who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 to help cover operating costs. More information is available here.
DriveTest centres will begin offering limited services across the province beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, with the expectation of restoring full services by September. You can read the full news release here.
Hydro One has announced some support for residential customers. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) will provide one-time payments to customers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID-19 period. An application form will be posted on the Hydro One website in the coming weeks. The Pandemic Relief program offers financial assistance as well as increased payment flexibility for those experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. You can call 1-888-664-9376 for more information.
The Government of Ontario is releasing an enhanced case management and contact tracing strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management. He also said that the federal government is giving 1,700 Statistics Canada personnel to Ontario to help with contact tracing.
In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier, the provincial government said they are launching a new, made-in-Ontario contact tracing app called COVID Alert to notify Ontarians when they may have been exposed to the virus. He emphasized that the app aims to protect personal privacy of users. It is expected to be launched within the next two weeks. The app will be tested in Ontario soon and it will be available to everyone in Canada in the coming weeks.
The Prime Minister noted use of the app will be voluntary, but he stressed that it will be more effective the more broadly it is used.
The app will work as follows:
- If you test positive for COVID-19, a health care professional will help you upload your status anonymously to a national network.
- Others who have the app and have been in proximity to you will be alerted that they have been exposed and will be encouraged to contact local public health authorities.
- At no time will personal info be collected or shared, and no locations will be followed.
Please continue to wear a mask when you go out in public, practice social distancing as much as possible, and wash your hands often.