The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced four new cases and one new death of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, two are the result of close contact with someone who has the virus while the other two are retirement home residents. There are now 2,537 confirmed cases in our region, 2,371 resolved cases, and 73 deaths.
A reminder that Windsor Regional Hospital will be providing COVID-19 testing inside the St. Clair College Sportsplex beginning tomorrow. Testing will be available September 3 and 4 from 9am to 4pm. Testing will not be available over the Labour Day weekend but will resume on Tuesday September 8 and will be open the same hours as the Ouellette Campus location, which is 8am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays. More details can be found here.
Today, our Caucus has called on the Ombudsman to assess the safety of the province’s back-to-school plan. We are asking for an urgent and independent review to ensure that the province is doing its best to implement the measures necessary to meet the highest standards recommended by medical, scientific and education experts.
The Greater Essex County District School Board has laid out their plan for how students will return to school and when. The first day of school will still be Thursday September 10 for students with last names beginning A to L, while students with last names beginning with M through Z will head back the following day. Kindergarten students will join their schools on September 14 and 15, also based on last name. Regular class schedules will begin on September 16 for both elementary and secondary students. The entire staggered back to school schedule can be found here.
Mayor Drew Dilkens has ordered an increased level of transit service in advance of schools reopening. Effective Tuesday September 8, Transit Windsor will begin operating on an enhanced Saturday schedule and more buses to service high schools. Mandatory masks and rear-boarding policies remain in effect. Transit Windsor’s website has been updated to include the changes. You can find that here.
The Windsor International Airport will reopen on September 8 with two daily Air Canada flights to Toronto. The airport will now have sneeze guards, dedicated entrance and exits, more hand sanitizer stations, and mandatory masks.
Please continue to practice social distancing, continue wearing your mask in public, and wash your hands often.