KINGSTON — Kington and the Islands NDP MPP Ian Arthur released the following statement in response to the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington region being moved to the Orange-Restrict category for COVID-19 restrictions:
“My heart is with all those in our community who have been infected, those who have lost a loved one, and those worried for their jobs and their businesses as the COVID-19 virus once again gets a foothold in the Kingston region.
Our community members have been taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the number of our neighbours and loved ones becoming infected has been growing, and we’re simply not getting the help we need to stop it.
We are moving into the Orange-Restrict zone because Doug Ford has resisted public health protections. He didn’t want to spend the money, and now we’re paying the price. The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington communities need more staff in our long-term care homes, including infection prevention and control experts; we need testing in our schools and major workplaces; and we need financial support for people who need to make the decision to stay home and isolate.
Doug Ford’s plan to hunker down and wait for a vaccine has been disastrous. It’s not too late to turn things around and save households from the tragedy of COVID-19 — but we need the government to stop prioritizing saving money, and start prioritizing people’s health."