A reminder that the deadlines for switching the type of learning for students for both the Greater Essex County District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board are approaching. For GECDSB students, the deadline is Monday, October 19th for both elementary and secondary school students. For WECDSB students, the deadline is Monday, October 19th for elementary school students and November 2nd for secondary school students. The request for change form for GECDSB students can be found here: https://register.publicboard.ca/RequestForChange/. For WECDSB elementary students, the form can be found here: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/.../fill_out_form_if_you_are.... The form for WECDSB secondary school students will be available on the Board website next week.
Windsor-Essex reported only two new cases of COVID-19 today. One was from a result of close contact, and the other remains under investigation. This brings our local total up to 2,743 cases, and there are currently 64 active cases in the region. Ontario reported 721 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 746 cases yesterday and 807 cases reported on Monday. While the Province promised to process 50,000 tests per day by the middle of October, labs had tested just 32,200 tests on Tuesday. The positivity rate for the province is now at 3%.
The Province announced that they are hiring 100 contact tracers this week and expect to hire at least 500 more by mid-November. For more information on this announcement, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/.../ontario-hiring-hundreds-more.... The Premier has suggested that Ontarians were "lackadaisical" over the summer, and this has led to the high number of cases we are seeing now. However, according to the Toronto Star, multiple sources confirm that the Government was ignoring expert recommendations for action throughout the summer. They spent the summer ignoring hospitals, understaffed long-term care homes, worried parents, teachers and educators, and overwhelmed labs that were all pleading with the government to make investments and prepare for a second wave.
Ontario has put in new restrictions for long-term care homes for the Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel regions. In these areas, short-term and temporary absences are no longer permitted. A list of the homes that are affected can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/.../covid-19-long-term-care-homes.... LTC homes in Windsor-Essex are not affected by these new restrictions.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reminding parents and guardians to remain in the vehicle when driving kids to school. For parents and guardians who are walking or biking with children to school, please maintain physical distancing of 2 metres apart and wear a mask when that’s not possible.
The Windsor Parade Corporation is looking to host “reverse” Santa Claus Parades this year, meaning that the floats will be at a standstill and viewers can either walk or drive by the floats. The idea has been approved in Kingsville and Amherstburg, but has not yet been confirmed by Windsor and Essex County. Unfortunately, in order to adhere to public health measures for COVID-19, the Town of Tecumseh has decided not to host their Santa Claus parade this year and will be looking into online events. More information will be coming in the following weeks.
Please continue to listen to public health experts and wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible and where otherwise required.