Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - March 1, 2021

Published on March 1, 2021

Good afternoon,

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 in our region today. Of the cases, one is related to an outbreak, nine are related to contact with a confirmed case, two are considered community spread, and thirteen remain under investigation. There are currently 290 active cases in the area. The total number of cases is now 13,014 and 12,342 cases are listed as resolved. The province reported 1,023 new cases today. Yesterday, the province reported 1,062 new cases and 1,185 new cases were reported on Saturday.

Today in Question Period, our Official Opposition Leader, Andrea Horwath, questioned Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton over her Long-Term Care Commission testimony. According to the record, Fullerton knew that seniors were in grave danger in long-term care as far back as February 2020, and repeatedly told the Premier and his cabinet — but hid it from the public and families with loved ones in nursing homes. More than 3,860 people have died of COVID-19 in Ontario long-term care homes. Fullerton testified, and her notes confirm, that she knew early on that the virus can be spread by someone who is asymptomatic, and that having staff work in more than one home was a dangerous risk. She knew they were badly understaffed in long-term care, and that there wasn’t enough PPE to keep residents and staff safe. But the Premier didn’t act on any of these concerns when she raised them.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit began vaccinating seniors who are 80 years old and over today. Since 10:00AM, they vaccinated 148 individuals. A reminder that these vaccine clinics are operating on appointment basis only and are not accepting walk-ins. Here is the link to pre-register for an appointment: https://uwindsor.ca1.qualtrics.com/.../SV_cNLRzBnAEGB0tDg.... Currently, the Health Unit is booking vaccinations into Thursday and vaccinating six people at a time every 15 minutes.

The Health Unit is working with the province to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people who are experiencing homelessness. They are aiming to vaccinate this population group later this week. To read more, please click here: https://www.cbc.ca/.../windsor-essex-homelessness....

A confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified at Northwood Public School. The case is from a student. Close contacts have been identified and contacted by the Board and the Health Unit.

Windsor Parking Services reopened their offices today. The parking services building at 1266 McDougall will be open Monday through Friday to 8 am to 4:30 pm with the exception of holidays. Permits, monthly parking fees, and parking ticket payments will resume. To learn more, click here: https://www.citywindsor.ca/.../In-Person-Parking-Services....

Please continue to follow public health measures by staying at home, only going out for essential trips, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart at all times when around others who live outside your household, and washing your hands frequently.

- Percy