The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today, with one from a resident of a retirement home, one from a local healthcare worker, one from close contact of a confirmed case, one is travel related to Michigan, and one is still under investigation. To date, our region has had a total of 2,869 confirmed cases, 2,721 resolved cases, 72 active cases, and 76 deaths. Ontario reported a new single-day record of 1,050 new cases today. There were 948 cases on Monday, 1,015 cases reported on Saturday, and 977 cases on Sunday.
St. Peter Catholic Elementary School has dismissed a cohort of 44 students due to a high-risk exposure of COVID-19. Out of the 44 students, 20 students shared the same class, 7 were from the Latchkey childcare program, and 17 students shared the bus. The Health Unit will be contacting any affected individuals with more detailed instructions to follow, and the Board has contacted parents advising that if they are not contacted by the Health Unit, their child is not among the affected students. The school remains open.
The University of Windsor said today that a member of the on-campus community has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating off campus. Students, staff and faculty have been asked by the university to complete the campus self-assessment before attending campus and to wear a mask and follow the guidelines of health officials for good hand hygiene and social distancing.
The Ontario government today announced a new set of specific criteria for imposing anti-COVID-19 measures. The new system is intended to provide clarity on how decisions are made about what restrictions are put in place for different industries and businesses. The new framework is based on five categories that all correspond to a colour:
- Prevent (Green): Restrictions in this category “reflect broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3 absent a widely available vaccine or treatment”
- Protect (Yellow): “Enhanced targeted enforcement, fines, and enhanced education to limit further transmission”
- Restrict (Orange): “Implement enhanced measures, restrictions, and enforcement avoiding any closures”
- Control (Red): “Restrictions are the most severe available before wide-scale business or organizational closure”. In essence, this category represents a return to a modified Stage 2
- Lockdown (Grey): This would likely coincide with a declaration of emergency in the province, and would include a return to Stage 1
Under this new framework, Windsor-Essex is listed in the Prevent (Green) level. Full details can be found here.
The Ontario government announced $300 million to businesses required to close or significantly restrict services in areas subject to modified Stage 2 public health restrictions or, going forward, in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown. Rebates will cover the period of time that businesses are required to temporarily close or significantly restrict services. The property tax rebates will be net of any federal support in respect of property taxes provided through the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), so that the rebate will cover costs beyond those covered by CERS. Beginning November 16, eligible businesses will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single, online application portal. Eligible businesses include restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas.
The federal government introduced new legislation for businesses, including the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), new Lockdown Support, and an extension to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). More information is available here.
The federal government announced that due to international travel being restricted because of COVID-19, the CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses:
- Develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization.
- Attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events.
- Navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirements.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering in public, maintain physical distancing of two metres, and wash your hands often.