6 stories to start your day for Tuesday, March 24

3 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario

The Medical Officer of Health in Greater Sudbury is reporting that a woman in her 70s is the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts. The case is travel-related and is not related to previously reported cases.

Meanwhile, in Timmins, the Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit is reporting the PHU is investigating the second and third cases of COVID-19 in the area. Currently, there is no link to international travel however the investigation is ongoing. The first individual is a male in his fifties The other is a female in her fifties who also resides in Timmins and is a close contact of the male.

 

Donation made to the North Bay food bank

The Northgate Shopping Centre in North Bay… has made a sizable donation to help out the North Bay Food Bank. On Friday, mall officials handed over $2,000 to help ensure none goes without.
Hospital communities are putting out a plea to the public… to donate unused, still in the box, masks.

 

N95 (or basic) masks needed by HSN

With the understanding that some may have purchased an excessive number of N95 masks, HSN says that they could be looking at a shortage if a surplus doesn’t come in soon. This is while the Provinces races to meet the demand for a new supply. Sudbury joins Windsor and the County of Essex in asking anyone with a surplus for donations.

 

Greater Sudbury Meeting is on… closed for the public

Tonight’s meeting of Greater Sudbury city council will be going ahead… but it will be closed to the public. This is all to ensure the practice of proper social distancing measures. They are one of a number of meetings going ahead under a similar format. Residents are encouraged to watch the meeting online.

 

Two North Bay organizations team up to help those in need

The North Bay and Area Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of North Bay are teaming up to build a fund… offering support where needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund aims to ensure local organizations are supported and able to respond to increased demand. This fund will directly support charitable organizations and local projects in the areas of healthcare and food security.

 

List of “Essential businesses” to remain open released by the Province

Yesterday, the Premier announced the closure of all “Non-essential” businesses in the Province for the next 14 days. There are, however, almost 75 businesses that will remain open, listed by category. The full story can be found here.