Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - June 3

Published on June 3, 2020

Hello everyone,

The Windsor Regional Hospital is reducing their COVID-19 assessment centre hours due to lower evening volumes of people seeking a swab test for the virus. As of tomorrow, June 4, the COVID-19 assessment centre will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

St. Clair College announced that the start of the fall semester will be delayed by two weeks, now starting on Monday September 21. The delay will allow more time for staff to prepare for the possibility of a blended delivery system of both online and in-person classes and labs.

Canadians who believe they are engaged in essential travel but encounter difficulties getting across the Canada-U.S. border can call for help using a new hotline established by the Canada Border Services Agency — it is now available 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling 1-800-461-9999.

Windsor-Essex now has 982 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 66 deaths.

Citing internet access as crucial to economic recovery after COVID-19, the provincial government announced an additional $150 million to improve broadband and cellular connectivity in rural and remote areas. The government said that more than 600,000 Ontarians – about 12% of the province – don’t have access to reliable internet service.

The provincial government added that the Improving Connectivity in Ontario (ICON) when leveraged, has the potential to result in an investment of up to $500 million in total partner funding to improve connectivity in underserved and unserved areas.  Program applicants – including telecom companies, municipal governments, Indigenous communities and non-profits – are invited to submit proposals to provide investment, expertise and experience to improve connectivity in communities across Ontario. The province will fund a portion of each approved project. The provincial government has called on the federal government to provide additional funding.

Our party have long been calling for broadband internet service for rural and northern Ontario. NDP MPP John Vanthof’s motion for broadband access passed the legislature in November 2018 but the government took no action on it.  

Continue to social distance, wear a mask in public and wash your hands.

 

  • Percy