6 stories to start your day for Thursday, March 26

Two more cases of COD-19 in Greater Sudbury

Two more cases of COVID-19 have been reported Public Health Sudbury and Districts. The fifth case is a male in his 20s while the sixth case is a male in his 30s. Both are close contacts of confirmed cases elsewhere in Ontario. Following testing, they were discharged to their respective homes to begin self-isolation, where they remain.

 

And… two more cases in the Timmins area

Meanwhile, two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Porcupine Health Unit area, bringing the total in this district up to six. One is a woman in her 40s who was assessed in Timmins. The other is a woman in her 50s who was assessed in Cochrane. Both are believed to be linked to international travel.

 

Missing man: 25-year-old Tyler Evans

In the middle of all this, a third person in just as many days as gone missing. Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance to locate 25-year-old Tyler Evans. He has not communicated with family since March 21, 2020, and was last known to be in the Sudbury area likely driving a gold-coloured, four-door 2009 Chevrolet Impala. He is 5 foot 9 inches tall, approximately 140 pounds, with brown/greenish eyes and short brown hair. Given the current Pandemic, there is a heightened sense of concern for his well being.

 

Greater Sudbury says “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.

 

Greater Sudbury, trying to make life easier for residents

City council passed three motions on Tuesday night in an effort to ease some of the burden that COVID-19 has brought upon Greater Sudbury residents. Sudburians will be allowed one extra garbage bag for curbside pickup until at least the end of the month, metered parking in the city’s downtown will be free until March 31 and interest charges on overdue water and wastewater accounts will be suspended until June 4.

 

Some first nations begin to close up to outside traffic

Both First Nations bordering Sudbury have shut down smoke shops and closed their communities to outside traffic. Atikameksheng (Whitefish Lake) First Nation set up an electronic sign Tuesday near the bridge entering the reserve and had several people on hand to stop vehicles and turn them around if they were non-residents.

Wahnapitae First Nation followed suit on Wednesday, erecting a barricade on West Bay Road to block traffic altogether from that end of the community and placing signage at the more commonly used route via Portelance Road.