6 stories to start your day for Friday, April 3

First Northern Ontario death due to COVID-19

Public Health Sudbury & Districts reporting its first COVID-19 related death. The male was in his 70s said to have a history of international travel.

 

First North Bay Hospitalization

North Bay has its first COVID-19 patient admitted to hospital. The patient is said to be a woman in her 60’s who returned home from Florida.

 

3 new cases of COVID-19 in Timmins

The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting three new COVID-19 cases. That pushes the local caseload to 24 and the number of cases in Northern Ontario to 57.

 

Flood watch in effect for Sault Ste. Marie

The MNR in Sault Ste. Marie says a flood watch is in effect. Residents near the Goulais River watershed should keep an eye on the water level as ice jams can cause flooding.

 

Sorry, no back yard fires – Province

The province has put a fire ban into place. That means all outdoor fires are prohibited as to better reduce any risk faced by the emergency responders.

 

Missing Man: 26-year-old Brandon Roy

Timmins Police are looking for a missing man. 26-year-old Brandon Roy. He is an Indigenous male with a thin build, six-feet tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

 

Also…

Federal Government assigns $100 million to Canadians get food

In addition, $100 million in emergency funding is being invested to help Food Banks and other charities get food to those who need it most and in remote areas.

 

Police now wearing face shields in North Bay

North Bay Police are starting to dawn new face shields. They are made locally at Canadore College for added protection of officers during calls.

 

Suspect sought in a break-and-enter

Temagami OPP is looking for a suspected wanted for a break and enter at a Lake Temagami residence. The suspect was spotted in the home but fled on foot when confronted by the homeowner.

 

Gas prices continue to drop

Gas prices continue to drop. In Northern Ontario, they hover around 84.5. The average price of gas in Ontario today is 73.9

 

Timmins declares a state of energy

Timmins has declared a state of emergency. This follows a rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, to 28… confirmed by the Porcupine Health Unit region.

 

No injuries in an Estaire fire

No one was injured in an Estaire garage fire that extended to a home on Second Road.  Homeowners made it out safely without injuries. The fire was not considered suspicious.

 

HSN given the go-ahead to operate a second MRI

HSN has the go-ahead from the Ministry of Health to operate a second MRI unit. HSN will also retrofit its current MRI that’s been operating 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.