The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 22 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of another member of our community. In Toronto today there were 66 cases, in Peel there were 54 cases, in Hamilton there were 12 cases, and in Middlesex-London there were 12 cases. Yesterday our region had 22 cases, and on Wednesday there were 16 cases. Of the new cases announced today 10 are from close contact with another confirmed case, six are considered community spread, and six are under investigation. There are now 202 active cases in our community, with 142 of those being variants of concern cases, bringing the total number of cases to 20,324 with 461 deaths related to COVID-19. There are eight workplace outbreaks, nine school outbreaks, one community outbreak, one outbreak at a retirement home, and 14 confirmed cases in the hospital with seven of those in the ICU. Locally, 631,751 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 85 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 80.3 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 413 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 304 cases, and on Tuesday there were 328 cases.
ZERO EMISSIONS VEHICLE STRATEGY
Today I joined Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition, Windsor-Tecumseh candidate Gemma Grey-Hall, MPP Lisa Gretzky, and MPP Taras Natyshak, and employees of the Windsor Assembly Plant to call for the provincial government to step in and fight for auto jobs in Windsor now, and for generations to come. With the recent announcement of the second shift being cut, I know thousands of people are laying awake at night, worrying about their financial future. They’re worried their kids won’t have the opportunity to stay here in Windsor, raise their families, and earn a good pension here. The provincial government needs to fight for these jobs and fight for assembly contracts to come to Ontario.
The climate crisis is the greatest threat our world faces. But with how we respond to that crisis, we can create an incredible jobs boom. We need to make it easy for companies to build electric vehicles here and bring jobs here. We need to make it affordable and easy for everyone buy, charge, and ride electric. It’s time for the government to introduce an auto strategy that will secure the future of Ontario’s auto industry. We need to invest in retooling auto plants to design, manufacture, and assemble electric vehicles; introduce a suite of incentives to help people switch to electric; and ramp up electric vehicle sales to 100 per cent of all new auto sales in Ontario by 2035.
The Prime Minister has said that Canada will receive 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, enough to provide first doses to all children between the ages of five and 11 once approved by Health Canada. There is no details of when the vaccines will arrive, or when Health Canada will decide whether to approve vaccines in kids between five and 11 years old. You can read more here.
There will be pop-up vaccine clinics next week at the following location. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 12 looking for their first or second dose. No health card or , appointment required:
- Friday October 22 – Leamington Half Century Centre – 160 Talbot St East, Leamington – 10:00am to 3:00pm
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS
Federal wage and rent subsidies are scheduled to expire on Saturday, along with benefits for some unemployed workers. The federal government is implementing direct subsides to sectors of the economy that are still hurting, rather than renewing the broad subsidies. The changes include extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 2022 for eligible employers, deliver targeted support to businesses that are still facing significant pandemic related challenges, and establishing the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit that will provide $300 a week to eligible workers who are unable to work due to a lockdown. You can read more about that here.
COVID-19 NATIONAL TRAVEL VACCINE PASSPORT
The Prime Minister announced that the provinces and federal government have agreed on a new standardized, national proof of vaccine for domestic and international travel. The travel passport is the one that was released last week in Ontario, and is distinguished by the Canada word mark in the top corner. Paper copies are still accepted. There has not been any updates about whether other countries, such as the United States, will recognize Canadian travellers who are fully vaccinated with mixed doses. You can read more here.
PUBLIC COVID-19 POINTS OF EXPOSURE
The local health unit has updated their list of possible public COVID-19 exposure points in the community. You can find that information here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.