Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - November 2

Published on November 2, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 22 new cases of COVID-19 today. From the new cases, four are healthcare workers, three are residents in long term care or retirement homes, three are community acquired, three are close contacts of confirmed cases, nine remain under investigation. To date, our region has had a total of 2,864 confirmed cases, with 2,711 people having recovered. 77 cases are considered active, two people are in hospital, and there have been 76 deaths. Ontario reported 948 new cases today, bringing our seven day provincial average to a new high. There were 1,015 cases reported on Saturday and 977 cases on Sunday.

The Greater Essex County District School Board has also announced that an individual at Roseland Public School has tested positive for the virus and all affected students and staff have been notified. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed its second elementary school cohort after an announcement over the weekend that 16 students from Christ the King school could be exposed to COVID-19. They, too, contacted all individuals who maybe have been affected. Our Caucus continues to call on the provincial government to fund safer, smaller classrooms to help stop the second wave of the virus. 

My office has been informed today that the Service Ontario located in Tilbury will be open to the public on Wednesday November 4 from 12pm – 3pm.  The Service Ontario in Leamington opened today, and their hours of operation are 9:00AM-1:00PM.

Below is clarification we received from the Ministry of Health on where to obtain a COVID-19 test : 

Assessment Centre testing: 

  • Ontarians should seek testing only at Assessment Centres if: 
    • They are showing COVID-19 symptoms 
    • Their public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus 
    • They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by the local public health unit 
    • They are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health in partnership with other ministries 
  • Population groups identified for targeted testing as above that can currently access a test at an Assessment Centre if they are asymptomatic include: 
    • Residents or workers in long-term care homes 
    • Visitors to long-term care homes 
    • Residents or workers in homeless shelters or other congregate settings (e.g. retirement homes, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities/congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices, and other shelters.) 
    • International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period 
    • Farm workers 
    • Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous 
    • Individuals who need testing for international travel clearance 
    • Other setting-specific populations, as per Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance 

  

Pharmacy testing:

  • As of October 20th, Ontarians can get tested for COVID-19 at up to 150 pharmacies if they are: 
    • not showing symptoms; AND, 
    • eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health, in partnership with other ministries  
  • Population groups identified for targeted testing by the ministries that can currently access a test at a pharmacy, if asymptomatic, include: 
    • Residents or workers in long-term care homes 
    • Visitors to long-term care homes 
    • Residents or workers in homeless shelters or other congregate settings (e.g. retirement homes, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities/congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices, and other shelters.) 
    • International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period 
    • Farm workers 
    • Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous 
    • Individuals who need testing for international travel clearance 

Complete information is available here.

The Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2020 was passed unanimously today at second reading in the Ontario legislature. The bill, introduced by my colleague NDP MPP Jeff Burch, guarantees better safety for vulnerable Ontarians, and helps keep and expand a critical step in the housing continuum – supportive living. The legislation provides a framework for operators and sets minimum standards that must be met so that vulnerable tenants are no longer at risk. It requires all operators of these homes to be licensed, and introduces inspection and complaint protocols.

Please continue to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask or face covering when in public, practicing social distancing of two metres, and washing your hands often and thoroughly.

 

  • Percy