The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced three new cases of COVID-19 today, with one from a resident in long-term care, one from close contact with a previously confirmed case, and one still under investigation. There are currently 63 active cases in our region and the total number of cases sits at 2,872, with 2,733 listed as resolved, and 76 deaths. Ontario reported 987 new cases today and 16 more deaths. There were 1,050 cases on Tuesday, 948 cases on Monday, 977 cases on Sunday, and 1,015 cases on Saturday.
Despite the provincial government introducing their own colour-coded alert system yesterday, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says they will continue to use their system that was introduced last Friday. Dr. Ahmed has said that next week the health unit hopes to have a better idea of how to blend the two systems together. You can read more here.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has released more possible COVID-19 exposure notifications for local businesses and institutions. More information can be found here.
Ahead of the release of Ontario’s 2020 budget tomorrow, our Caucus is calling for urgent investments in beefing up the province’s COVID-19 response and supporting hospitals, schools, small businesses and workers through the second wave. We are calling for:
- Immediate funding relief for the hospital sector and sustainable, timely ongoing funding
- Hiring an army of public health staff to bolster testing, contact tracing and labs
- Funding to immediately hire a minimum of 10,000 PSWs and raise their pay by at least $5 an hour
- Fund a class size cap of 15 for the pandemic, and ongoing funding for class size reduction after the pandemic
- Direct and meaningful financial supports for all small businesses and their workers facing lost income
- Paid sick days for all workers
Our Caucus has released a statement following yesterday’s announcement that financial assistance for small businesses will only be available for those located in the new red or black zones, or returned to modified Stage 2. Too many small business owners have already closed up shop, while others are lying awake at night, worrying as the bills and debt pile up. They have been pleading for help from the province for months, and they don’t know how much longer they can keep their doors open and workers on the payroll without it. Our Caucus has been calling for direct support for struggling small businesses since April through commercial rent subsidies, a freeze on utility payments, a fund for remote work set-up and more.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when in public, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often.