Good evening everyone,
Windsor-Essex reported six new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the six cases, four are from close contact, and two are community spread. This brings up the local total to 2,663 confirmed cases with 76 deaths. In Ontario, 625 COVID-19 cases were reported today, as compared to 554 cases yesterday and 700 cases on Monday.
The Province has released new modelling that predicts daily counts of the virus could hit 1,000 by the first half of October, which is similar to the upward trajectory that Michigan has experienced. As of right now, cases are doubling every 10-12 days, and while ICU cases remain steady, they are predicting that ICU admissions will increase as more patients are hospitalized. Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, will continue monitoring the situation to determine if regional or community specific approaches should be taken.
It’s absolutely shocking that today’s dire warnings — potentially including 1,000 new daily cases — come without any plan from this government to stop the spread. Seniors in long-term care are far too vulnerable, with thousands fewer staff than they started this pandemic with. Patients are anxious that their long-delayed surgery or cancer treatments could be pushed back again if hospitals and ICUs become overwhelmed. Working folks and businesses are terrified that the second wave could hurt them worse than the first, and there are no direct income supports in place for them. The Government put Ontario in this position because they waited until Ontario was well into the second wave of COVID-19 to start rolling out the incomplete, late, underfunded, so-called ‘plan.’
We learned today that the Government is paying $42 per COVID-19 test done at private pharmacies. They denied requests from our public health care system for more funding and more staff, which would have enabled them to expand testing and be ready for the second wave everyone knew was coming. We should make the most of the resources for testing and contract tracing – but the choice to pay extra per-test to pad the profit margins of pharmacy corporations makes no sense. We’ll pay more to get fewer tests done. Our caucus has been pushing for investments to expand our public health care system – including testing, lab capacity and contact tracing – all of which should have been done months ago.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has put out a new tool for parents who are trying to decide if their child should be tested for COVID-19. For a link to the infographic, please click here: https://wechu.org/.../protocol-what-do-if-child-has....
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Windsor is hosting five telephone town halls for the ward meetings between October 6th to October 15th. If you have a landline phone, you will receive a call for the meeting in your ward, and to join the meeting, you just have to answer the call. If you have a mobile phone, you can pre-register for the meeting at least two days in advance through this link: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSfRK9eK1ytELJ.../viewform.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming ward meetings:
Tuesday 6 October - 6.30 p.m. Ward 4 & 5
Wednesday 7 October - 6.30 p.m. Ward 8 & 9
Thursday 8 October - 6.30 p.m. Ward 2 & 3
Tuesday 13 October - 6.30 p.m. Ward 1 & 10
Thursday 15 October - 6.30 p.m. Ward 6 & 7
The House of Commons unilaterally passed legislation to replace CERB, which ended last weekend, with a more comprehensive EI system. For those who don’t qualify for EI, a Canada Recovery benefit will be included. The Senate still has to pass the legislation, but they are meeting today to discuss the bill.
As always, please continue to wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask when necessary.