The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the cases, three are travel related to Michigan, seven are close contacts to a previously confirmed case, three are considered community spread, one is a local healthcare worker, and one remains under investigation. There are currently 70 active cases in our region, with three people in hospital. The total number of confirmed cases in Windsor-Essex is now 2,891, with 2,745 cases listed as resolved, and 76 deaths. Ontario reported 1,003 cases of COVID-19 today bringing the number of active cases in the province to 8,398 and pushing the seven-day average to nearly 1,000 cases. On Thursday, Ontario reported 998 cases, 987 cases on Wednesday, and 1,050 cases on Tuesday.
A second individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at Roseland Public School this week. The local health unit has determined that there is no risk of exposure to anyone else in the school and close contacts for that individual were notified and were asked to follow the direction of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
The University of Windsor also confirmed their second case of COVID-19 this week, coming from a student residence. Those affected have been notified and are currently self-isolating and there is no further risk to the campus community. The university has ramped up cleaning protocols in response and is working with the health unit on contact tracing.
Windsor’s unemployment rate has gone up this month and now is at 10.8 per cent. Since the pandemic began, our Caucus has been calling for a plan for financial security for workers and main street businesses. We believe that by investing in working folks will we come out of this pandemic healthier and more prosperous. We have called for, among other things, a ban on all evictions, lockouts or eviction threats by commercial landlords, utility payment freezes for small and medium-sized businesses, stand-along emergency 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy, and a Made-In-Ontario paid sick days plan for all.
The annual Leamington turkey giveaway event, “Talking Over Turkey”, has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often.