Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
PHSD confirms twenty-sixth case of COVID-19 in the region
Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has reported a new case of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 26. The most recent case is a woman in her 70s, who is believed to have contracted the virus from international travel before returning home to Greater Sudbury. Read the full story here.
Violators of the Emergency Order will be charged, says OPP
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been granted the authority to charge any business or individual in violation of restrictions introduced by the federal and provincial governments in response to COVID-19. Those looking to file a report regarding non-compliance under the Quarantine Act can do so by contacting the Public Health Agency of Canada, their local police department or the OPP. Read the full story here.
Watershed Safety alert issued by Conservation Sudbury
Conservation Sudbury has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety for all parts of the Greater Sudbury watersheds in effect until April 9. A Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety alert is made when melting ice and other factors could result in high flows and unsafe banks, posing a danger for recreational users. Read the full story here.
Province reduces list of essential business: 'This is a matter of life and death
The Ontario government has reduced the list of businesses classified as essential and is ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available, said the province in a news release. Read the full story here.
Thessalon Hospital closed as healthcare workers tested for COVID-19
The North Shore Health Network (NSHN) has temporarily closed the Thessalon Hospital as a precaution while health care workers are tested for symptoms of COVID-19. Emergency services will be redirected to NSHN’s Blind River or Richards Landing - Matthews sites. Read the full story here.
Health Sciences North approved for a second MRI
Health Sciences North (HSN) has been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health to operate a second magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to better serve those in the northeast region. A MRI is a medical imaging tool that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create imaging of a patient’s organs and tissue, to assist in diagnosis and less invasive treatments. Read the full story here.
No loose or unbagged garbage will be collected starting April 7
Beginning April 7, all garbage must be placed in a secure, tied bag, said the City of Greater Sudbury. Residents who use garbage containers must place tied bags inside the container. You can use plastic grocery bags, kitchen collector bags or garbage bags inside a container. Read the full story here.
Garson business booking personal shopping appointments in effort to slow spread of COVID-19
Your Dollar Store with More in Garson is now offering private shopping appointments for its customers. "We want to provide our community with an opportunity to get the supplies they need without any health risk," the business said in a release. Read the full story here.
Vale fronts $1 million in search of solutions to impacts of COVID-19
Vale has launched a challenge to find and fund innovative solutions to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 on communities. By participating in the Vale COVID-19 Challenge, companies, startups, institutions, universities and professionals in Canada have the chance to receive up to $200,000 in funding for a total investment of up to $1 million. Read the full story here.
WATCH: Mine tech company turns its 3D printers on COVID-19 crisis
Greater Sudbury mine tech company Hard-Line is putting its 3D printers to use by producing materials to be used for personal protective equipment at Health Sciences North.Hard-Line is one of eleven partners within the community of Sudbury creating PPE for health-care professionals at HSN. Read the full story here.
Canada looking to disinfect used masks, Tam asks they not be thrown away
Canadian hospitals should not throw out used face masks and other protective equipment because public health officials are investigating whether it will be possible to disinfect and reuse them, Canada's public health chief said Sunday. In her daily briefing to Canadians, Dr. Theresa Tam also said chief medical officers are working on recommendations to the general public for the best uses of homemade face masks. Read the full story here.
A mix of sun and cloud Monday
A mix of sun and cloud in the forecast for Monday and a high of 8 C. Increased cloudiness expected into the evening, clearing after midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h expected to make the low of -3 C feel more like -7 C with the wind chill.