There were 17 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Windsor-Essex today. Among those cases, 12 of them are from a result of close contact with a confirmed case, three are community acquired, and two are under investigation. This brings our local total up to 2,812 with 44 active cases. Ontario reported 827 cases of COVID-19 today, as compared to 851 cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 1,042 cases Sunday, and 978 cases on Saturday. Fewer than 30,000 tests were completed on each of the last two days, and the Province’s positivity rate is now at 3.45%, which is a new high. Provincial health officials have said that anything above 2.5% is a cause for concern.
The Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services has advised congregate care settings in Windsor-Essex to follow additional precautions. Previously, residents or substitute decision makers could designate up to two non-essential visitors to be “unrestricted visitors” in which these visitors did not have to schedule visits, but these privileges are currently suspended. Furthermore, non-essential visitors must schedule visits in advance and as a result of the additional restrictions, all visits will be supervised and physically distanced. For more information, please click here: https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/CongregateCare.aspx. We are seeking clarity from the Ministry to gain a better understanding of why our region was placed under these additional restrictions.
On Saturday, MPPs Jane McKenna and Parm Gill sent a letter to Ontario’s chief medical officer pushing back against anticipated possible pandemic restrictions in Halton Region. Yesterday, the Premier said he supported their decision to do that. It’s shocking that the Premier would publicly endorse the efforts of his own MPPs to attempt to influence public health advice about whether further pandemic restrictions may be needed. The provincial government’s decisions about how best to keep the public safe during the pandemic should be based on expert public health advice. That advice should be based on medicine, not politics.
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.