There were eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex today. Of the eight cases, four were from close contact with a confirmed case, two were community acquired, and two are under investigation. This brings our local total up to 2,775 cases with 42 active cases. Ontario reported 821 cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 704 cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 658 cases on Sunday, and 805 cases on Saturday.
ENWIN has opened up applications for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) after the Province made some changes to the eligibility. Applicants who have already applied and were deemed ineligible will now be reassessed under the new eligibility criteria. ENWIN is also accepting new applications. Residential customers can receive a one-time payment of up to $115 towards their utility bills or $230 if they use medical devices at home or their home is electrically heated. Small businesses or registered charities can receive up to $425 credit or $850 if the business is electrically heated. To learn more, click here: https://enwin.com/ceap-application/#:~:text=Program%20Eligibility,prior%20to%20March%2017%2C%202020.
Our caucus forced a vote today in the Ontario legislature on a motion to get for-profit companies out of long-term care, and replace them with an all non-profit and public system. Analyses have shown that for-profit long-term care homes were more dangerous during the pandemic. Residents who contracted COVID-19 were more likely to die if they lived in a for-profit facility. By making long-term care public and not-for-profit, every last dollar goes into better care, a better quality of life for aging Ontarians, and more peace of mind for families. Unfortunately, the Government opposed the motion.
The machine that will allow for one hour COVID-19 testing has arrived at Windsor Regional Hospital. Training to use the machine will take a couple of weeks, and then WRH will send samples to London to cross check accuracy of the testing. Once the machine is ready, WRH has a goal of starting with 200 samples per week and then increasing capacity to about 380 tests per day by December or early January.
Windsor Regional Hospital has also changed its visitor screening process, and those visiting the hospital are now required to fill out this online form: https://www.wrh.on.ca/screening. After submitting the form, the visitor will then receive an email granting them permission to attend the hospital. Visitors should bring the email along with photo ID. The form is only valid until midnight on the same day and it does not guarantee access, as visitor restrictions are still in place.
There are new hours for the St. Clair College COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Starting today, hours will be Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM, with weekend hours eliminated starting this weekend. The hours at the Ouellette Campus Assessment Centre remain unchanged, and they are 8:00AM-7:00PM Monday-Friday and 9:00AM-4:00PM on weekends and statutory holidays.
The Province has amended their emergency order for the Toronto, Peel, Ottawa, and York regions to permit classes delivered for the purpose of teaching or training amateur or professional dancers in dance techniques to operate under specified conditions. To learn more about these changes, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58882/ontario-extends-covid-19-orders-to-protect-the-public.
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.