Good evening everyone,
On Wednesday June 3, random testing will move to Kingsville where a drive thru testing site will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kingsville Recreational Sport Field, 1742 Jasperson Lane, Kingsville. Residents of Windsor-Essex 12 years of age and older are eligible for testing. Individuals are advised to bring their health card and up to date contact information.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is 977 and 66 deaths.
Our party is calling for more support for migrant workers following the death of a Windsor-Essex worker over the weekend. You can read the full article here.
We are also calling on the provincial government to put a moratorium on issuing any new licenses to private, for-profit long-term care homes at least until all investigations and inquiries into the sector and its pandemic response are complete. Multiple analyses – including one by the Ontario Health Coalition and one by The Toronto Star – have shown that residents in for-profit homes are more likely to contract COVID-19 and die than those who live in non-profit or public homes.
The Ontario government announced that the state of emergency in Ontario has been extended to June 30. Despite extending the State of Emergency in Ontario to the end of the month, the provincial government stressed that it should not impact the province’s re-opening plan.
The provincial government announced that since launching a call to action with the Ontario Together website in response to COVID-19, the business community has stepped up immensely to re-tool and ramp up Ontario production of critical PPE and medical supplies. To date the government has received more than 25,000 submissions from businesses across the province and 15,000 of these submissions have led to $200 million in medical supplies and equipment making it straight to the front lines — that is 121 million masks, 4 million face shields, 100 million surgical gloves and 20.9 million gowns.
The Prime Minister said that provinces and territories will need support to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) and vital supplies, and the federal government is working to secure sufficient inventory. This includes 100 million surgical masks, 40 million gloves and millions of syringes to ensure an adequate number are available once a vaccine is developed.
The Prime Minister also highlighted that the federal government is now funding four Canadian companies — Deep Biologics in Guelph, Nicoya Life Sciences in Kitchener, Fourien in Edmonton and Metabolic Insights in Kelowna — whose work can lead to breakthrough solutions for rapid COVID-19 testing.
Additionally, the government is supporting Precision Biomonitoring, an Ontario company that is setting up plants to manufacture test kits. The Prime Minister also said that he will continue to work with the provinces and territories to ensure adequate supplies are available as the demand increases and as Canada re-opens its economy.
That’s it for today. Please take care of yourselves and continue to follow the direction of medical professionals by wearing a mask in public, maintaining 2 metres distance from others if possible, and washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.