Reader letter: Health unit needs to keep focus on community, not essential workers

Reader letter: Health unit needs to keep focus on community, not essential workers

Reader letter: Health unit needs to keep focus on community, not essential workers

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Aug 13, 2020  •   •  1 minute read

The sign outside the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit offices on Ouellette Avenue on March 19, 2020. Dax Melmer / Windsor Star

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Re: Health unit urges cross-border workers to restrict non-essential activity in U.S., by Taylor Campbell, July 20

The recent article I believe was an unnecessary distraction as we try to reduce the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex County and move into the much-desired Stage 3.

At the end of the article, it is noted that very few cases have been imported to our region by saying “Approximately six per cent of the region’s total case count has been linked to travel. Many of those cases were recorded in March and April.”

Reminder: that’s when Canadians abroad were asked to come home. Now we are in the summer months of July and August.

And while the topic of the day is the U.S.-Canada border closure and how the U.S. administration is handling the virus, these types of stories just generate more fear. But this fear falsely bolsters Canadians’ sense of invincibility and furthers the perception this is a U.S. or migrant worker problem.

Based on the WECHU’s most recent data, we should spend less time worrying about essential cross-border workers who have been safely traveling back and forth for months with no cluster of cases and re-focus education on our teenagers, young adults and my peers who have started venturing out socially beyond their “circle” and forgoing social distancing after a couple of drinks.

We’re all in this together, so rather than generate unwarranted fear, let’s re-focus our efforts on being as safe as possible for each other and our community.

Sandra Skorin, Tecumseh 

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