The Costs of the Pandemic

I really want this message to be a positive one, because I have good news to share. Yesterday, Regional Council ratified a motion I was proud to move along with the Mayors of Brampton and Mississauga urging the Prime Minister and Premier to immediately implement Paid Sick Leave and an extension of the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave. It’s something I have felt very strongly about.

Just before sharing this good news I received a call from Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, advising me that four residents of the King Nursing Home in Bolton died of COVID 19 in the last 24 hours.

Hearing that shook me. My first thoughts were with the family and friends of those who were lost and also with the staff at the home who would have been bedside with the residents as they passed. It was a sobering reminder of why the “stay at home order” is in place.

The costs of this pandemic are tremendous. There is the cost of workers who can’t feed their families and pay their bills if they stay at home when they’re sick and then the tragic human cost of those who have died.

Hope is on the horizon. I was on a call last evening with Mayors from across the Province about the vaccine. In Peel Region, we have an aggressive vaccine roll out that will see 3 community vaccination centres in place as soon as February.

It’s been a long, hard road and we’re all tired. Let’s pull together through this last mile and remember better days are ahead.