The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced four new cases and another new death today. Of the four cases, two are the result of close contact to someone with the virus, one is community spread and the other is related to travel to Michigan. Our region now has 2,541 confirmed cases, 2,376 resolved cases, and 74 deaths.
The University of Windsor has introduced a new feature within its Safe Lancer App that will allow students, staff and faculty to do a quick COVID-19 daily health assessment on themselves. The assessment consists of four yes or no questions and will be required before returning to campus. There will be a PDF fillable form and printable form for those who do not have a mobile device.
The City of Windsor’s Public Works office at 1266 McDougall Street will return to providing in-person services next Tuesday September 8. Online payment options and a document pickup and secure drop box outside the building will remain available to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.
With school being just around the corner, our caucus has called on the government to make sure all working people can take paid sick days before students go back to class. Parents, teachers and education workers were already worried about the risky back-to-school scheme. Collapsed classes mean even bigger classes and even more crowded rooms. The government is planning to have 70 kids, shoulder-to-shoulder, crammed in for bus rides. If just one student with COVID-19 goes to school, the virus could spread like wildfire. Ontario workers were promised paid sick days months ago, but the federal and provincial governments have yet to deliver on that. In fact, the provincial government cut the measly two days that Ontario workers used to have.
The provincial government has said that starting September 9, essential caregivers will be allowed to visit homes, including during COVID-19 outbreaks, subject to direction from the local health unit. A resident in a home will be allowed to designate two caregivers who can visit without time limits. From the beginning of the pandemic, the provincial government has not listened to families, and has created visitation policies that exclude the needs of essential caregivers, and are confusing and inconsistent. We need legislation to guarantee the rights of residents to access their essential caregivers. As we prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19, we cannot allow residents of long-term care and their families to go through this again. Our caucus has put forward a COVID-19 Essential Caregiver Strategy that recognizes essential caregivers as more than just visitors, and gives residents in long-term care, and all congregate care settings, the right to fully access their essential caregivers and support persons.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when in public and wash your hands often.