Today we heard from the Province of Ontario regarding the ongoing health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor-Essex will continue to remain in Stage 1 for at least the next 10 days, and these decisions will be reassessed on a weekly basis going forward.

While I’m disappointed by our lack of progress today, I understand that we cannot pick and choose cities and towns within our region that could move forward to Stage 2, while others are held back. To move forward, we will need to do so together.

On Sunday afternoon, I held conversations with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman to express my concern regarding the ongoing spread of COVID-19 across the migrant worker population in our region.

Current reports regarding testing in the region indicate that we can and must do more to test the full and complete population of migrant workers. During my conversations this weekend, I expressed my desire for stronger intervention from the Province of Ontario to help test and isolate the temporary foreign workers in our region.

As we know, this virus doesn’t discriminate and our regional response will be measured by how we protect the most vulnerable in our community.

The City of Windsor will continue to work with regional and provincial partners to help bend the curve, and seek to eliminate COVID-19 in our community.