The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting three additional cases of COVID-19 today. Of the new cases, one is a worker in the agri-farm sector and two are considered close contact. Our region now has a total of 2,639 confirmed cases, 2,483 resolved cases and 76 deaths.
The Windsor Regional Hospital says they are prepared for the second wave of COVID-19 in our region. Hospital CEO David Musyj says one thing they did to prepare was to get the application in early to be able to open a second testing facility, which is already operational at the St. Clair College Sportsplex. You can read more here.
Today, our Caucus released a statement in response to the provincial government’s announcement about their COVID-19 testing strategy. Just yesterday, the government was telling Ontario about their so-called plan for asymptomatic testing, telling everyone to go get tested. Today, the government says people will be turned away from testing centres if they are asymptomatic. No one disagrees with prioritization, but Ontario should not have to ration tests and turn people away from testing centres. We wouldn’t be in this position if the provincial government had listened and taken action sooner, instead of refusing to properly fund public health units.
CBC News reported that it obtained the provincial government’s so-called second wave plan, and it shows that Ford wants to pay for-profit clinics for work that hospitals can be doing. For months, hospitals have pleaded with the government for funding and collaboration to deal with the pending crisis of a second wave. The public health care system is completely capable of carrying out surgeries and diagnostics when the government invests in public care. But this government is choosing to ignore them. So now, our hospitals are literally laying off nurses while the government promotes for-profit clinics. You can read the CBC article here.
Kingsville announced that their annual Santa Claus parade will be a little different this year because of COVID-19. Instead, the plan is to have a “reverse parade” where the floats will remain stationary and people can walk through and view them at staggered start times. Residents will be advised to reserve tickets in advance at no cost.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when out in public, and wash your hands often.