The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced six new cases of COVID-19 today with two of the cases coming from residents of a long-term care home, two from close contacts to a previously confirmed case, one from a local healthcare worker, and one still under investigation. There are currently 60 active cases in our region, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,878, with 2,742 cases listed as resolved and 76 deaths. The province reported 998 cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths today, with the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions continuing to rise. There were 987 cases on Wednesday, 1,050 cases on Tuesday, and 948 cases on Monday.
I would like to remind everyone that our office is open by appointment only and we are not taking any walk-ins at this time in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you would like to make an appointment, please call the office at 519-251-5199 or email at [email protected].
The Unemployed Help Centre has announced coats will not be collected and distributed this year for the Coats for Kids campaign, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a voucher system will be in place for coats that can be used at participating local retailers. More information can be found here.
Three drive-thru flu shot clinics will be open in Windsor-Essex later this month. The flu shot clinics are taking place in Amherstburg on November 12, Windsor on November 13, and Essex on November 16. The Windsor location will be at the Gino and Liz Marcus Complex at 1168 Drouillard Road. More information is available here.
The provincial government released their 2020 Budget today. With Ontario on the brink of a health and economic disaster, the government’s budget doesn’t take any new actions to make everyday families safer or healthier. In fact, as the second wave of COVID-19 rises, the 2020-21 budget contains a nearly $100 million cut to planned spending on long-term care compared to the March fiscal plan for 2020-21. There is also nothing in the budget to make schools safer by capping class sizes, even after the government’s own data showed schools were a source of COVID-19 outbreaks, and there are no new investments in public health, despite rationed testing and contact tracing.
The provincial government’s budget in 2019 included cutting thousands of teachers and education workers, cutting supports for children with autism, and making cuts to long-term care. Those cuts and others were not reversed in this budget.
Ahead of Thursday’s budget, our Caucus called 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 small businesses and their workers facing lost income
- Paid sick days for all workers
Investing in people and businesses now will save us so much — it will save lives, it will save jobs, and it will save us the anguish and much greater expense of a longer and deeper struggle with COVID-19.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often.