The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the region today. Of the 5 cases, 3 are retirement home residents, 1 is from a case of international travel, and the remaining 1 is from close contact with a confirmed case. This brings the total amount of cases to 2,599. WECHU confirmed a second community cluster today and will be providing more details of the cluster in the upcoming days.
While the Province is working on a fall COVID-19 strategy, our caucus is urging the Government to include in their strategy a plan to clear the backlog of delayed surgeries and diagnostic procedures, and avoid shutting down completely during the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Because the government did not have a contingency plan to continue scheduled procedures during the first wave, the wait list has reached a shocking 84 weeks for important surgeries, and much longer for diagnostic procedures.
We continue to advocate for the Government to cap class sizes, as SickKids is now confirming that physical distancing isn’t possible with Ontario’s standard class sizes. SickKids has released preliminary findings from a study that looked at the impact of public health measures like hand washing and mask wearing in classrooms. Among the findings was that, for kids to stay two metres apart in a typical classroom, class sizes would have to be capped at 12 to 15 students. Smaller classes must be part of the province’s planning for a second wave of COVID-19, and must be enacted right away.
Please continue to practice physical distancing, washing your hands frequently, and wearing your mask in public.