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Anyone in Windsor and Essex County seeking to be tested for COVID-19 can now do so. Windsor Regional Hospital is encouraging anyone wanting to be tested for the virus to come to the Assessment Centre at the Ouellette Campus next to the emergency department. The centre is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The local health unit is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says 33 of the 36 new cases are in people who work in the agri-food sector. He says it's important to note that it is not one farm or facility seeing the cases, but many.
The total number of confirmed cases in Windsor-Essex is now 912, with 63 deaths.
Our party has released a statement about the promised pandemic pay for frontline workers, after the funds have yet to flow from the Provincial government. You can read the press release here.
A recent uptick in positive cases and large group gatherings means Ontario will maintain some COVID-19 restrictions longer than initially planned. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province had been considering allowing groups of more than five people to gather in the near future, but those plans have temporarily been put aside.
The Prime Minister announced that as of 8:00am this morning commercial property owners are able to apply for the federal rent assistance program online here.
Landlords with up to 10 eligible tenants in the Atlantic provinces, B.C, Alberta and Quebec can apply for rent relief starting today; those in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Territories can apply tomorrow. Landlords with more than 10 tenants will be able to apply later this week. You can read the full news release here.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the Federal government will be launching a phone line in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help businesses navigate this uncertain time. Entrepreneurs and vulnerable small businesses, including charities and non-profit organizations, will now be able to get assistance from an accountant or financial advisor by calling the “resiliency help desk” at 1-866-989-1080.
Additionally, the Federal government is pushing back the deadline for tax return declarations, to September 1, 2020.
The Prime Minister noted that his government is working closely with provinces and territories to give all impacted workers 10 days of paid sick leave a year as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal government will also be looking at other longer-term support mechanisms for workers.
I encourage everyone to continue social distancing as much as possible, wear a mask if you go out in public, and always wash your hands thoroughly.