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Windsor-Essex rescinds 3-week delay on arrival of agriculture employees | CBC News

The public well being unit in Ontario’s Windsor-Essex area has reversed course on a plan to cease the arrival of non permanent agriculture employees amid the Omicron surge.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) stated Friday {that a} letter of instruction issued earlier this week has been rescinded, efficient instantly.

That letter stated employers should cancel, droop or postpone the arrival of non permanent international employees to the area between Jan. 13 and Feb. 1. 

“Throughout the week the well being unit has labored with all ranges of presidency to formulate a decision to this subject,” the WECHU stated in an announcement on Friday.

“With the concerted efforts of native leaders within the health-care, housing and social companies … the area collectively was in a position to set up the extent of help crucial to fulfill isolation necessities for employees who’re sick or who’ve been uncovered.”

The letter was issued amid considerations about whether or not current sources can help the excessive variety of employees with COVID-19 or who’re isolating as a consequence of publicity.

“We’re in a public well being emergency in Windsor-Essex and the burden of COVID-19 among the many migrant farm employee group right now exceeds the group sources,” performing medical officer of well being Dr. Shanker Nesathurai stated throughout a media briefing Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there have been 66 instances amongst employees and one other 173 in isolation, in accordance with WECHU.

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