The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19 in Windsor. Both of the new cases are in the agri-farm sector. Our region now has a total number of 2,636 cases, 2,475 resolved cases, and 76 deaths.
COVID-19 tests will soon be available in some pharmacies, the provincial government announced today. Starting on Friday, 53 pharmacies will be offering free testing by appointment only to individuals with no symptoms. Our Caucus has questioned the decision as public health units continue to need resources to ramp up testing and contract tracing as we face an uptick in cases across the province. Yet the provincial government hasn’t provided funds to public health and instead finds money for for-profit delivery and risks putting people who might have COVID-19 in pharmacies with others. As of right now, there aren’t any pharmacies in Windsor-Essex that will offer testing.
The annual Take Back the Night rally aimed at raising awareness about violence against women is moving to a virtual event this year due to COVID-19. The Facebook Live event will take place on Friday at 7:15pm. The Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee of Windsor-Essex County works to coordinate a community-wide response aimed at ending violence against women and children. You can find the event here.
The Minister of Education has announced that he is considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school. Ontario’s school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the virus.
The provincial government has announced that they will hire 98 new labour inspectors this October as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. The new hires will bring the number of government inspectors in the province to 507 and will cost $11.6 million.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands often.