Good evening everyone,
One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Windsor-Essex today, and the case was because of close contact with a confirmed case. This brings the local total up to 2,674 confirmed cases with 38 active cases. Ontario reported 615 cases today, as compared to 653 cases on Saturday and 566 cases on Sunday.
The Government is refusing to invest in our public health care system after they put Ontario on the brink of another health disaster, and is instead allowing profiteering from COVID-19 testing. They ignored warnings that the second wave was coming, because they didn’t want to spend the money. Now thousands of Ontarians are waiting anxiously to get their COVID test results and are waiting much longer than they should because of a huge backlog that this government’s inaction created. Our health critic, MPP France Gélinas, pointed to a Globe and Mail report today that shows that if people can pay hundreds of dollars, they can jump the queue. Gélinas said one of the companies offering COVID tests is Switch Health, a company the Premier knows well as he allowed them to conduct private mobile tests on farms earlier this year.
Experts have been pleading for stronger public health measures – from medical officers of health to the president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. Stronger public health measures, and a big boost for public health, could still impact how many people get sick, it could still save lives, and it will have a direct impact on how long and difficult this second wave is for all Ontarians. Toronto Public Health has stopped contact tracing because they can’t keep up. Niagara Public Health has re-assigned staff from programs like mental health to try to manage the caseload. Ottawa public health has warned that it’s in “crisis.” All assessment centres have moved to by-appointment-only testing with many closed entirely for two days, dragging Ontario even further backwards in the fight against COVID-19. The government must not wait another moment to make massive investments in public health units, and implement stronger measures to stop the spread.
Please continue to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands frequently, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart with those outside your household.