Happy Friday everyone,
Starting Saturday May 30, Windsor Regional Hospital will allow all patients to have one essential visitor per patient during specified times. For more details, please see here.
The Canadian Cancer Society has listed a number of services available.
- Cancer Information Helpline is their national, toll-free helpline for people with cancer, caregivers, families and friends, the general public and healthcare professionals 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).
- CancerConnection.ca is their online community where people with cancer and their loved ones can share their experiences and build supportive relationships.
- Their webinars on COVID-19 for cancer patients provide expert input on some central issues affecting people living with cancer and their caregivers. You can find those here.
More information can be found here.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is up to 950, with 63 deaths.
The provincial government released the next phase of Ontario’s testing plan which will allow for more expanded and proactive testing of the wider population across Ontario. You can read full plan here.
Our party released a statement saying that testing in Ontario has been inadequate from the beginning and it shouldn’t have taken this long for a strategy to be put on the table. Ontarians deserve clarity on how and when this strategy will be rolled out.
The government mentioned they will soon release a renewed strategy to support public health units with case management and contact tracing, including launching a new exposure notification app that will alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and recommend appropriate actions, such as monitoring for symptoms, self-isolation and/or appropriate next steps on getting tested.
The provincial government also announced that they are now comfortable asking public health officials to look at a regional approach to staged re-opening. This would mean that different rules may apply to different regions in Ontario and depending on case numbers and the severity of cases, hardest hit areas may be last to reopen. 65% of all cases are currently clustered in the GTA with 82% of all COVID-19 cases coming from Toronto, Peel and York Region.
The Prime Minister announced new funding to provide critical support to Indigenous families and communities during the pandemic. This funding has three components and includes the following:
$285.1 million to support the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities. The investment will fund community-led responses to the pandemic, and provide targeted increases in primary health care resources for First Nations communities
$270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program, which will help individuals and families meet their essential living expenses.
- $44.8 million over five years to build 12 new shelters, which will help protect and support Indigenous women and girls experiencing and fleeing violence. This will help build 10 shelters to support Indigenous women and children in First Nations communities and two in the territories. The government will also provide $40.8 million to support operational costs and an additional $1 million a year ongoing, to support engagement with Métis leaders and service providers on shelter provision and community-led violence prevention projects for Métis women, girls, and LGBTQ and two-spirit people.
The Prime Minister also announced that any cruise ship that carries more than 100 people will be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31, pushing off the possibility of a summer cruise ship season. As of July 1, any cruise ships that have overnight capacity for fewer than 100 passengers or day cruise vessels will be subject to provincial, territorial, and municipal health authority rules as to whether or not they’ll be able to operate.
I hope everyone has a good weekend. Please remember to continue social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and washing your hands frequently.