6 stories to start your day for Wednesday, March 25

The first case of COVID-19 in West Nipissing

The first case of COVID-19 has been called in for the OPP. The officer presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19 serves the Nipissing West Detachment area. The member’s name and specific work location are being withheld to respect privacy.  Following their doctor’s instructions, the member is in isolation at home and is recovering. The OPP was made aware of the diagnosis on March 21.


Greater Sudbury passes a trio of resolutions to relieve COVID-19 stresses

Greater Sudbury’s first online meeting went ahead last night. In it, they passed a trio of resolutions to help citizens deal with some of the hardships that have come as a result of the virus:

Council has suspended the charging of interest on overdue water and wastewater accounts effective immediately through June 4. They will also not impose non-sufficient funds charges for customers who are on pre-authorized plans and there will be no water shut-offs for arrears before June 4.  City council also voted in favour of allowing a second garbage bag for curbside pickup, effectively immediately, until at least March 31, while the province is under a state of emergency.  Finally, the council also voted to waive downtown metered parking fees, effective immediately and concurrent with Ontario’s state of emergency.


Timmins hospital puts into the place additional COVID-19 measures

Effective immediately and following the Ministry of Health guidelines, Timmins and District Hospital is implementing further visitor restrictions.  For patients in the hospital, there will no visitation except in specific circumstances: A dying patient, an ill child or youth, or a person giving birth during labour and up to four hours post-delivery.  In each circumstance, only one visitor will be permitted.


The first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Timiskaming

Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Timiskaming Health Unit, confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the district of Timiskaming today. A man in his 30s who had close contact with a confirmed positive case while he was out of the district of Timiskaming presented himself for testing on March 18, with mild symptoms.

Missing Woman sought by Greater Sudbury Police

Police are looking for a missing woman.  n a post to its Twitter account, police said her family has not seen Courtney Towegejick since March 21. Towegejick, 26, is described as 5-foot-9, 130 pounds and brown shoulder-length hair. She walks with crutches due to right leg injury. Anyone with information is asked to call 705-675-9171.


Sorry kids – stay off of play structures

Into a new week without school, regardless of what you do with your children, playgrounds are a no-go. In some communities, playgrounds are taped off with caution tape to keep children from playing on the structures as they are not, and cannot be sanitized. The rules differ from province to province and city to city.