Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - May 5

Published on May 5, 2020

Good evening everyone,

Today the Ontario government announced $12 million to expand mental health services to thousands of Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including frontline health care workers.

The government of Ontario is also partnering with MindBeacon and Morneau Shepell to deliver Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT) programs to Ontarians which will be available at no out-of-pocket cost to people across the province. To learn more about the supports that are available, please visit the government’s website here.

Today, our party released numbers about the drop in COVID-19 testing, showing the Ford government is failing to ramp up testing to meet its own new, lowered targets. These targets were used as a justification for re-opening parts of the Ontario economy. 

  • Ford’s initial target: 18,900 tests per day
  • Ford’s downgraded target for this week: 16,000 tests per day by May 6
  • Tests completed May 4: 14,555
  • Tests complete May 5: 10,654

 

On Monday, the national average was 24,460 tested per million people, but Ontario was only testing at 22,715 per million. Alberta, by comparison, is testing 34,800 per million, or 42 per cent more tests.

The Official Opposition is calling for a suite of safeguards to ensure agribusinesses and rural economies can weather the COVID-19 storm — particularly since the provincial government has left the farming industry and rural communities to fend for themselves, weakening the food supply chain. You can read the full details of the plan here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $252 million aid package for Canada’s agriculture and food industries impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes three targeted financial support programs for Canadian farmers as well as increasing the credit line for the Canadian Dairy Commission by $200 million. The Prime Minister acknowledged that this is a start and there may be more to come.

To date, 656 people in Windsor-Essex have tested positive for the virus and 55 have died.

Thank you everyone for sticking together as we work through this. Please continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing.

  • Percy