The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced just one new case of COVID-19 today which was the result of a close contact with someone infected with the virus. Our region now has 2,542 confirmed cases, 2,378 cases resolved, and 74 deaths.
Our Caucus released a statement today on the provincial government’s updated guidelines for group homes and residential care settings which will allow for some visits to resume under extremely rigorous conditions. Some group homes and agencies may take these new guidelines and decide to allow more visits, not all will. These are guidelines, not policies. Despite no base funding increases in over a decade for support agencies, the Ford government has not increased funding to developmental services agencies to help facilitate these visits, and instead is threatening to take away the visits if people with disabilities cannot follow the complex rules, and if group homes don’t have the resources to comply. It displays a total lack of awareness of accessibility needs.
Our Caucus released a statement today on the latest Statistics Canada report which reveals an uneven and uncertain economic recovery where many Ontarians feel left behind. Our economy is recovering too slowly, without the support we need from the provincial government and we’re seeing families struggle and small businesses being wiped out. Our Caucus will release a new plan in the days ahead to create good, stable, well-paying jobs for more Ontarians
The provincial government announced that they are providing $2 million from the Ontario Together Fund to support Ontario-made masks. The investment will allow for 200,000 masks to be made monthly.
Just a reminder that our offices will be closed on Monday September 7 for Labour Day. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend, but please remember to continue to adhere to all the recommendations from health experts if you are out celebrating with friends and family. It remains important to practice social distancing from others, even if you’re outside, to wear a face mask, and to wash your hands often.