Windsor-Essex reported one new case of COVID-19 today, which remains under investigation. This brings up the local total of cases to 2,795 with 32 active cases. Ontario reported 851 new cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 1,042 new cases yesterday, which set a record high, and 978 cases on Saturday. This comes as Ontario’s labs completed about 28,652 COVID-19 tests with approximately 32,000 tests added to the queue.
As the numbers of new COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout the province, our Caucus held the Government to account in the Legislature today about making the necessary investments in testing capacity, smaller class sizes, long-term care, and surgery backlogs. My colleague, MPP Lisa Gretzky, asked the Government to pass the More Than a Visitor Act to allow for safe, consistent, meaningful caregiver access. This comes as visitor policies grow more confusing and frustrating for families who have loved ones in congregate care settings. We continue to call on the Government to provide the staffing levels, PPE and training to actually facilitate and enforce safe access for caregivers.
It was announced today that the City of Windsor will receive $4,475,031 in social services relief funding to assist members of our community who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money is intended to go towards emergency shelters, day programs, and the food bank network.
Starting today, Transit Windsor riders will be allowed to board the bus using the front door. Passengers are asked to enter in the front of the bus and exit out through the back. Fare collection also resumed today.
Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, along with partners St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, and WE-Spark Institute, has launched a survey for local healthcare workers to gauge the state of their mental health as they continue to work throughout the pandemic. The survey is voluntary and answers are anonymous. The survey is open to the end of November and requires approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. To access the survey, please click here: https://www.hdgh.org/HCWSurvey.
While our numbers in Windsor-Essex have continued to remain low as the provincial numbers increase, Dr. Ahmed is asking that Windsor-Essex residents remain diligent in adhering to the public health guidelines. Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands frequently, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible and where otherwise required.