Happy Friday everyone,
There are reports that the Ontario government is looking at changing a directive that currently gives health care workers in long-term care facilities access to N95 masks, and that workers continue to be denied N95 masks in long-term care facilities. Our party issued a statement saying that removing this directive is dangerous, and the Ford government should not withhold N95 from workers. You can read the statement here.
We are also calling for a broad, thorough, and independent public inquiry into long-term care, including why the system was in crisis before the pandemic hit; how the pandemic response left seniors homes so vulnerable; and an examination of the future of for-profit homes in Ontario.
The Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced that Ontario is easing restrictions on professional sports training facilities. Starting today, many of the facilities will be permitted to re-open, provided their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19. The Minister described this as a critical sector for Ontario, as sport represents more than $12.6 billion to the province’s economy and thousands of jobs across the province.
The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended beyond June, with more details to be announced next week.
In Windsor-Essex, the community has lost 8.5 per cent of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Provincially, the disease fatality rate is a lower 6.7 per cent. The region’s rate of transmission is also significantly higher than the Ontario average (156 people per 100,000 versus 128 per 100,000). As of Friday morning, there were 685 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and of those, 58 people have died.
Wishing everyone out there a happy Mother's Day this Sunday, especially to those that are working our front lines. Please continue to practice social distancing and wish Mom a “happy Mother’s Day!” from afar.