Good evening everyone,
Windsor-Essex reported three new cases of COVID-19 today, all which remain under investigation. This brings our local total up to 2,652 confirmed cases, in which 2,510 cases are listed as resolved.
Today, Ontario recorded 700 new cases of COVID-19, the highest that has been recorded on a single day since the outbreak began in late January. On the day that COVID-19 infections hit the highest-ever daily count in Ontario, our Official Opposition Leader, Andrea Horwath, said it’s clear the Government’s incomplete, weeks-late so-called plan isn’t working. The Government announced that they will spend over $52 million to recruit over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers to address any surge in demand in our healthcare system. However, today’s “pillar” of the Government’s late, vague, incomplete and penny-pinching plan is many millions of dollars short. COVID-19 is already back in long-term care homes and hospitals. Staffing is at an all-time low. Yet the Government has introduced just a temporary incentive, committing to spend no more than 0.1 per cent of the $6.7 billion in COVID-19 response money they received from the Federal Government and have been sitting on. To save money, the Government has been dragging its feet and avoiding action when they should have been capping class sizes at 15; giving public health more resources to test, expand lab capacity and contact trace; staffing up long-term care homes with full-time jobs that are permanently better paying; and bringing in paid sick days to keep folks with symptoms at home. Instead, the government is scrambling to chase this crisis as Ontario slides backwards in the fight against COVID-19.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, has confirmed that Ontario is in the second wave. It is extremely important to continue following the public health guidelines to ensure that we reduce the spread of the virus and to keep everyone safe. Please continue wearing a mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres apart.