6 stories for today, Friday, May 15

Lowest numbers in 6 weeks in Ontario

Ontario has recorded the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in the province in more than six weeks. On Thursday, health officials reported 258 new cases of the disease. This is the lowest number of new cases in a single day since March 29th.


Three more cases of COVID-19 in Sudbury/Manitoulin LTC homes

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting outbreaks at two more long-term care centres . At Manitoulin Lodge (Gore Bay) after one employee tested positive for COVID-19, and at the Elizabeth Centre (Val Caron) after one employee and one resident tested positive.


Algoma Public Health is reporting a new COVID-19 case in a resident in the Algoma district. The individual Status is Self-isolating, and close contacts have been notified.

Elsewhere, The North Bay Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 outreach team says they have completed all its testing at area long term care homes. Over 1,230 swabs were taken.


Timmins Police will pass on new cruisers

The Timmins Police Service Board has deferred purchasing marked patrol vehicles. At least, until next year in an attempt to help tighten up on spending. The move sees $143,000 taken out of the board’s 2020 capital budget.


“Hold the Phone” says HSN

As to be expected, there has been an uptick in the number of people calling HSN wondering when their new surgery date will be. HSN is asking the public to please avoid calling HSN and physician offices to ask about when non-urgent and elective surgeries and procedures… as doctors offices will be reaching out.


Missing resident: 38-year-old Eugene Dubois

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance to locate a missing man. 38-year-old Eugene Dubois. He was last heard from at 7:30 p.m. on May 13, travelling towards the downtown area and Police are concerned for his wellbeing. He is described as being approximately 6 foot 1 inches tall, 230 pounds, with a medium build, short black straight hair, blue eyes, a tattoo of a demon face on his right hand and a grim reaper on his left forearm.


The fire ban is Provincial – Fire Chief

Timmins Fire Chief Tom Laughren is putting out a word to the public… albeit a little exasperated, after calls have been coming in asking to lift the fire ban for the weekend. In short, he says, it was imposed by the province, so he has no jurisdiction over it.