The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of another member of our community. Toronto reported 72 cases today, Peel reported 26 cases, and Hamilton reported nine cases. Yesterday there were 20 cases in our region, and on Tuesday there were 10 cases. There are now 176 active cases in Windsor-Essex, with 112 of those being variants of concern cases, and bringing our total to 20,608 cases and 465 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, eight are from close contact with another confirmed case, eight are considered community spread, and two are under investigation. There are two workplace outbreaks, three school outbreaks, five community outbreaks, and nine confirmed people in the hospital, with three of those in the ICU. A total of 640,984 shots of the vaccine have been administered, with 85.8 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one done, and 81.7 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today, Ontario reported 438 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 378 cases, and on Tuesday there were 331 cases.
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT
The provincial government tabled the fall economic statement today, but didn’t include any of what Ontarians need now. It is getting harder and harder for Ontarians to afford the life they’re working hard for as we continue to see rising costs for things like child care, auto insurance, gas, and groceries. We also know it’s getting tougher for everyday folks to get the health care they need, and to get their kids the education they deserve. The budget update slashes $500 million from education. It doesn’t permanently raise personal support worker (PSW) wages, it doesn’t end the government’s low-wage policy, and it doesn’t do anything to help local businesses hire, raise wages, and expand. There’s nothing to help with the cost of housing and child care, or lower the price of gas, auto insurance or hydro bills.
It’s time we started investing in people so Ontarians can afford to build a good life in our province. My caucus colleagues and I are calling on the government to make the investments Ontarians need, including
- An end to the low-wage policy
- Measures to rein in the high cost of living
- A plan to urgently hire and retain tens of thousands of health care and long-term care workers
- Funding to clear the massive backlog of surgeries to help people waiting in pain
- Support for kids’ safety and recovery at school, both academically and emotionally
You can read the government’s economic statement here.
VACCINE POP-UP CLINICS
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics at the following locations this week. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or appointment required:
- Friday November 5 – WECHU Leamington Office – 33 Princess St, Leamington – 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Friday November 5 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St E, Leamington – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 at Essex Public School. The local health unit has contacted all those affected and is reminding parents to continue to monitor their children each morning for COVID-19 symptoms and to keep them home if they are sick.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
French Catholic: https://www.cscprovidence.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp...
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/.../COVI.../Pages/default.aspx...
POSSIBLE COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURE POINTS
The local health unit has identified two new possible COVID-19 exposure points in our community. The updated list, including dates of possible exposure, is available here.
A Windsor-based bio-tech company has announced they will be offering less expensive COVID-19 PCR tests in the United States for cross-border travel. You can read more here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.