The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 today and one additional death. Of the new cases, 14 are from close contact with a confirmed case, four were acquired in the community, two are local health care workers, two are health care workers who travel to Michigan, one is travel related, and 10 are still under investigation. Our region now has a total of 3,456 cases, 3,042 cases resolved, 336 active cases, and 78 deaths. Across Ontario, 1,478 cases of COVID-19 were reported today. On Wednesday there were 1,373 cases, on Tuesday, 1,009 cases, and on Monday, 1,589 cases.
Today during question period in the House, I asked the premier to explain why the government is allowing local utility commissions to cut off water service for families in Windsor during the COVID-19 pandemic. My Windsor office received a call about water being shut off because of a late payment. With so many families struggling to make ends meet during the economic crisis, people should not have to fear that their utilities will be turned off during a pandemic and denied access to the most basic of human needs. We know the importance of washing your hands to fight this virus and water is a basic necessity to do so. I urged the government to take action today to stop more Ontarians having their water cut off that will put their health, and their children’s health, at even greater risk at a time when we should be protecting them. The government has assured me that they will be looking into this further.
The Greater Essex County District School Board is reporting a case of COVID-19 at LaSalle Public School in a student. All the affected staff and students at the school have been notified and are following the local health unit’s directions. The GECDSB has had a total of 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has dismissed two cohorts from Holy Names High School after a positive case of COVID-19 was reported this morning. Two dozen students at Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School have also been dismissed due to the virus. All the affected staff and students at the school have been notified and are following the local health unit’s directions.
The provincial government announced today that some students in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York will have access to asymptomatic testing. With half the schools in this province already reporting cases of COVID-19 we should be investing in schools by capping class sizes and providing funding for upgrades for infection control. We also need to help more people get tests and fund public health to properly contact trace each case.
The local health unit reported that three restaurants in our area have been identified as possible COVID-19 exposure points. For an updated list of possible community exposure points, please visit the health unit’s website here.
The provincial government has proposed a cap of no more than 15 per cent on delivery fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery apps, and is only applicable to regions where indoor dining is prohibited. This was a key part of our Caucus’ Save Main Street plan and the government should have taken action months ago to help small businesses.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.