Ontario reported 170 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases this morning.
The provincial total is now 858 confirmed positive results, and there are 13 deaths in the province now attributed to COVID-19. That’s another four deaths reported since yesterday at 10:30 a.m.
There are now five confirmed COVID-19 cases in Timmins, and one in Cochrane. According to the Porcupine Health Unit, the newest Timmins case is a woman in her 40s and is linked to international travel. The Cochrane case is a woman in her 50s and the health unit believes it's linked to international travel and contact with another case being investigated. More details are available here.
As of March 26, the health unit is aware of 195 COVID-19 tests submitted locally. There are six positive cases, 130 negative tests and they are waiting for the results of 59.
Living Space has suspended its overnight shelter services. Through a partnership with Northern College, some of the local homeless population will be housed in the residence.
McEwen Mining is scaling back operations at Black Fox gold mine outside Timmins as a precautionary measure. Today, the Toronto-based mining company said it made the decision in order to protect the health of workers, their families, and the nearby communities in which they operate.
There are further service changes at the City of Timmins. The airport is only open to passengers and authorized personnel only, Timmins Transit has also scaled back to Sunday service all week and the transit station is closed to the public. For burning permits, the Timmins Fire Department is not issuing new ones until further notice. If you bought a residential burning permit in 2019, you are allowed to continue burning and should follow all the regulations on the permit.
The Northeastern Catholic District School Board, and District School Board Ontairo North East (DSBONE) have closed their playgrounds to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Restaurants are now allowed to sell alcohol with food take-out. The temporary measures are to support restaurants and bars that may be significantly impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
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