Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - June 4

Published on June 4, 2020

Good evening everyone,

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. One case is from an agricultural worker, six are from community transmission, two are from close contact, and the remaining five are unknown.

Essex-Windsor EMS and Erie Shores Healthcare have started an outreach program to help migrant workers by checking in on them to provide support if needed. As of Wednesday, the health care team checked on 100 workers in 72 hours. Our caucus has called on the provincial government to provide additional supports for migrant workers and better oversight mechanisms for their working conditions, as they are one of the groups that are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario announced $1.5 million in funding to organizations that support Black communities, citing that the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly impacted youth and families of colour. Our caucus believes that this is not enough to address anti-Black systemic racism. Prior to this announcement, the Government previously called the collection of race-based health data “not particularly relevant” and has cut over $2 million in funding from the Anti-Racism Directorate. We are calling on the Government to meaningfully fund Black organizations so they can do the critical work towards systemic change.

The Ontario Government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to implement the new Ontario Health Data Platform. This platform will allow health researchers access to anonymous health data so that they can better respond to COVID-19. For more information, please click here: https://news.ontario.ca/…/ontario-appoints-special-advisor-….

Ontario is now allowing short-term cottage rentals to open starting on June 5th at 12:01am.

The Federal Government announced that seniors waiting for their $300 top up for Old Age Security and their $200 top for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive these payments during the week of July 6th.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, says that while Canada has been successful with slowing the spread of COVID-19, relaxing restrictions too quickly could lead to a resurgence. She released projections saying that the best case scenario is 4,459 cases by June 15th and the worst case scenario is 14,000 cases before June 15th.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask in public. It’s important that we remain diligent and continue to work together to stop the spread!

-Percy