6 stories to start your day for Thursday, April 1

Rainbow District School students will continue remote learning until mid-April

Greater Sudbury students will remain out of the classroom until at least April 16th. Local school boards sent out notices yesterday saying schools will continue remote learning next week, after the Easter holiday. The Rainbow District School Board, and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board are among the schools who issued notices.


3-new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nipissing

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit reported three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, all in the Nipissing District and all through close contact. It brought the number of active cases to 6, all in Nipissing.


9-new cases of COVID-19 announced  by the PHU

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reported nine new COVID-19 cases among residents within its catchment area. With one of these cases, the PHU also declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Extendicare Long-Term Care Home in Timmins. It is the only positive result received at the home at this time.


Landmark building damaged by fire

One of the oldest buildings in the Town of Gore Bay has sustained significant damage due to a fire. The owner of The Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast, located on Phipps street, beside the Gore Bay courthouse, indicates the fire started on the third floor of the building. The 141-year old building is said to be structurally very sound. There is no word as to what started the fire, nor to the total damage done.


Vaccination Appointments going ahead this weekend

Public Health Sudbury and Districts says it will open COVID-19 vaccination appointment bookings this weekend, for adults who are 70 or older this year. More than 96 per cent of adults aged 80 and older have now been vaccinated in the PHSD service area.

Meanwhile, the Porcupine Health Unit has announced another round of COVID-19 vaccine clinics. There is one this weekend and several scheduled over the next week. All locations are on our website.

Eligible individuals include: Staff and essential caregivers of long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care; Individuals who work in a health care agency, Adult chronic home care recipients and Adults 75 years and older.

• Adults who identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit who are 18 years or older; and
• Adults (18 years or older) who live in the same household with an adult who identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit).
The clinics are being held in:
• Kapuskasing, at the Sports Palace on Saturday, April 3;
• Smooth Rock Falls, at the Community Centre on Tuesday, April 6;
• Cochrane, at the Pavilion on Wednesday, April 7;
• Hearst, at the Claude Larose Arena on Wednesday, April 7;
• Timmins, at the Mountjoy Arena on Wednesday, April 7; and
• Matheson, at the Matheson Community Arena on Friday, April 9.


NSHN announces a new CEO

The board of the North Shore Health Network has a new president and CEO. The hiring was announced in a release issued from the organization’s Blind River facility. Richard Joly holds BSc.N in nursing from Laurentian University and a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. He will start in the position on April 5, 2021.