Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - May 28

Published on May 28, 2020

Good afternoon

The Windsor Regional Hospital announced that non-urgent surgeries will resume next week. Patients are being told to wait for a phone call from the hospital on an update on their surgery, as it will take time to clear up the backlog. You can read more here.

Point Pelee has announced that it will soon allow visitors in on weekends starting June 13. The park will be open from 10am to sunset with access to day-use trails, including cycling on designated trails and pathways, as well as day-use green spaces, picnic areas, and beaches.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is now 927 with 63 deaths from the virus.

The Government of Ontario is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table that is responsible for co-ordinating operational support to long-term care homes. The table will be able to drive immediate decisions and resource deployment for urgent issues facing the sector, including controlling outbreaks, infection prevention and control assessments, testing and appropriate staffing levels and helping homes access personal protective equipment (PPE).You can read the full news release here.

The Ontario government also released a full list of all hospitals responsible for managing the impacted long-term care homes mentioned in the report released by the Canadian Armed Forces. Among them will be Trillium Health Partners managing Camilla Care, Unity Health Toronto managing Eatonville Care, North York General managing Hawthorne Place and Scarborough General managing Altamont.

For the first time, the Ontario government acknowledged that long-term care home inspectors had refused to enter care facilities at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. To date, the five homes that received military support have undergone 45 inspections since June 2018. Many of these were critical incident or complaints based, with some getting quality inspections. Inspections are now scheduled to occur at all 19 homes in the “red” risk category.

We have called on the government to release the list of the 19 homes classified in the “red” category to the public so that family and residents know where the worst problems are. You can read the full statement here.

Remember to keep following the advice of our local health experts and stay safe.

 

  • Percy