6 stories for today, Thursday, May 21

2 new cases of COVID-19 in North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region

The latest counts of COVID-19 in Ontario, number 390 new cases, and 292 resolutions.  One of these new cases was reported by the Northwestern Health Unit along with two recoveries by the Porcupine Health Unit. In addition, two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region.

 

4  new forest fires in the region

Four new forest fires have been reported in the Northeast region. Among them, Sudbury 5 is 1.2 hectares in size and under control. Sudbury 6 is currently 2.5 hectares and not under control at this time. North Bay 4 is listed at 3.5 hectares and not under control at this time

 

Health Unite has a new Senior Administrator

A First Nations health centre on Manitoulin Island has appointed a new executive director.
Danielle Wilson was welcomed as the incoming senior administrator at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre (NTHC) this month.

 

4 bear sightings in the past few weeks

In the past few weeks, 4 bear sightings have been reported in the Timmins area, especially in the Schumacher area and behind the Porcupine Mall. The Ministry of Natural Recourses and forestry says never to approach an animal, but to contact them.

 

Crews respond fire behind Tracks and Wheels

Greater Sudbury Fire Services responded to a fire behind Tracks and Wheels Wednesday afternoon. It was around 1:30 pm a brush and a rubbish fire was brought under control quickly. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Careless smoking is possible.

 

Missing man located in good health

Members of the Nipissing West OPP responded to a report of an overdue person on Onaping Lake. The 50-year-old, from Levack, ON, and did not report back, Marine officers from the Sudbury OPP Detachment, the MNR and Forestry (MNRF), located the subject at approximately 11:40 p.m., in good health.

 

Also…

No flooding this spring from Wanup creek

For the first time in decades, there was no flooding along Jumbo Creek in the Wanup area in Greater Sudbury during the spring thaw. The province began construction on a permanent fix last summer and it lifted up the roadway enough to avoid the annual flood this spring.

 

Power outage due to Brush Fire

Greater Sudbury Hydro customers in the West Nipissing area are going to be without power into the afternoon.  Hydro One has also been shut down at the request of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry… currently fighting an area brush fire. The outage will affect around 2,381 Hydro One customers in the area.

 

Meals on Wheels serving Sudbury Seniors

Greater Sudbury Meals On Wheels is now offering home grocery delivery for Sudburians over age 70. The meal delivery service has partnered with the Foodland stores in Capreol and Garson as well as Roger’s Valumart in Dowling.

 

Construction starting up in Greater Sudbury

Construction working in Greater Sudbury firing back up in full this week, at a number of locations throughout the city starting this week and running through the coming months. Residents should plan your routes accordingly.

Elm Street, Sudbury: Water main repairs and upgrades on Elm Street from Lorne to Elgin Streets will reduce traffic to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 21 to Saturday, May 23, 2020. Flagpersons will control traffic.

Nicolet Street, Sudbury: Water main, excavation and hydrant work on Nicolet Street from Selkirk Streets to the southwest end of Nicolet Street will reduce traffic to one lane from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 until August 30, 2020.

Scarlett Road, Sudbury: Water main, excavation and hydrant work on Scarlett Road from Second Avenue to Greenbriar Drive will reduce traffic to one lane from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 until August 30, 2020.

Rideau Street, Sudbury: Water main, excavation and hydrant work on Rideau Street from Lasalle Boulevard to Lavoie Street will reduce traffic to one lane from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 until August 30, 2020.

Hawthorne Drive, Sudbury: Water main, excavation and hydrant work on Hawthorne Drive from Patrick to Delaware Avenues will reduce traffic to one lane from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 until August 30, 2020.

 

Timmins Transit limits buses to 15

Timmins Transit is making adjustments to its service due to some passengers choosing to ignore physical distancing requirements. Starting tomorrow, seating on conventional buses will have selected seating cordoned off from public use, limiting passenger capacity to a maximum of 15.

 

TDHA will hold firm until vaccine found

Timmins and District Hospital will not be returning to pre-pandemic procedures until a vaccine has been found. The president and chief executive officer for the hospital announced the measures during the mayor’s first daily health roundtable since the long weekend.

 

Breach at the North Bay Health Unit

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says a privacy breach has taken place in relation to its online COVID-19 dashboard.  Inadvertently, personnel identifying information made it accessible through the dashboard. A member of the public reported the breach to the Health Unit and the health unit says the likelihood of someone else having accessed the information is quite low.

 

Sault College is going online…

Sault College is the latest school to announce e-learning courses will continue to expand with a diverse range of program options for the coming year.  All full list of the school’s online certificates:

Data Analytics in Business Decision-Making Ontario College Graduate Certificate, Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and Strength-Based Perspectives in Helping Certificate.