The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported eight new COVID-19 cases today. Yesterday there were six cases, and on Saturday there were eight cases. There has been a total of 16,817 cases and 424 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, three are community acquired, one is travel related outside of North America, and three are under investigation. There are currently 59 active cases in our region, with seven of those confirmed as variants of concern cases. There are 11 confirmed cases in the hospital, with seven in the ICU, and 16,324 cases have been listed as resolved. A total of 417,647 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with 74.1 per cent of individuals 18 and over having received at least one dose, and 41.7 of adults having received both doses of the vaccine. Across the province today there were 210 cases of COVID-19 reported. Yesterday there were 287 cases, and on Saturday there were 346 cases.
ADVOCATING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
With salons set to reopen and restaurants ramping up on Wednesday under Step Two of the provinces reopening plan, our caucus has called for a Safe Reopening Grant for personal care and service industries. There are big bills coming due for businesses like restaurants and salons that have face-to-face, extended contact, which means more health precautions and less capacity at first. We cannot risk another wave. We cannot risk people’s jobs and livelihoods again. And the government should not be forcing these businesses to go it alone. With a Safe Reopening Fund, there’s more hope – a better chance that this reopening will finally be the last for the local businesses we love. The Safe Reopening Grant would help with costs like PPE, plexiglass barriers, and staff required for health screening and contract tracing, along with helping keep staff on the payroll while businesses are not allowed to operate at full capacity. Our Reopen Stay Open plan also includes a $1,000 tourism tax credit which could be used for restaurant dining. We will continue to advocate for proper supports for businesses so that they can make it to re-opening, and stay open.
The Shoppers Drug Mart at 1760 Huron Church Rd has announced they have 600 appointments available for the Moderna vaccine for those 18 year and older.
The Unemployed Help Centre is hosting a walk-in clinic on Wednesday at 6955 Cantelon Dr. from 9am to 3pm. If you are between the ages of 12 and 17 and looking to get a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you are asked to call to book an appointment ahead of time at 519-944-4900 ext. 166.
The local health unit is hosting dedicated youth vaccination times tomorrow and Wednesday from 11am to 12pm at the WFCU Centre, the Libro Credit Union Centre in Amherstburg, and the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington. The local health unit has said they will soon be announcing special walk-in times at the mass vaccination clinic in the former Sears store in Devonshire Mall for Wednesday. You can also book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at www.wevax.ca if you are eligible for your first or second dose.
AUTOMOTIVE JOBS AND TRAINING
The provincial government has announced $7 million for training and paid job placements in the automotive sector, and the program will help approximately 800 people who have historically been underrepresented in the sector, including people who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, a person with a disability, women, and youth (15-29 years old). The project is led by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association and will help develop new talent for the automotive sector. For more information and to submit an application, please visit their website here.
If you're looking for relief over the next couple of days with the hot temperatures, the City of Windsor announced that Sandpoint Beach will be reopening to the public tomorrow and lifeguards will be on duty from 1pm until 7pm. Additionally, the City’s six outdoor swimming pools reopened to the public today and reservations are being accepted here.
The Ford Fireworks will be held virtually again this year due to COVID-19, and the broadcast of the fireworks will be this evening on WDIV Local 4 from 9 to 11pm.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask when you’re out in public, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.