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Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

Len Gillis is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter at Sudbury.com covering health care in northeastern Ontario and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent Work by Len

Sudbury health unit data shows the local jurisdiction is leading all Northern Ontario health units with 65 active cases

Sudbury health unit data shows the local jurisdiction is leading all Northern Ontario health units with 65 active cases

Timiskaming Health Unit has the lowest cumulative total across the North with 237 cases in past 19 months
Several large Ontario hospitals are requiring vaccination passports for visitors

Several large Ontario hospitals are requiring vaccination passports for visitors

Sudbury and other Northern Ontario hospitals have restrictions but vax passport not required
Ontario launches Verify Ontario QR code vaccine passport

Ontario launches Verify Ontario QR code vaccine passport

The new QR code can be installed on a smartphone making it easier and more secure for citizens to prove their vaccine status, province says
Sudbury docs donate more than $100K to Inner-City Home relief agency

Sudbury docs donate more than $100K to Inner-City Home relief agency

Local physicians raised money during the early days of the pandemic when supply chains were uncertain
Health unit, police on the lookout for fake vaccine passports

Health unit, police on the lookout for fake vaccine passports

GSPS says it has no reports of anyone trying to use a faked vaccine proof form, but they do have one complaint from a resident who was offered one
<updated>Reporter’s Blog: </updated> It was a miracle no one died the day Cobalt nearly burned to the ground

Reporter’s Blog: It was a miracle no one died the day Cobalt nearly burned to the ground

More than 60 buildings were lost on a hot and windy afternoon in what is considered one of the worst urban fires in Northern Ontario’s history
Data shows just how much more virulent are COVID-19 variants than the original strain

Data shows just how much more virulent are COVID-19 variants than the original strain

Delta variant by far the most deadly of all variant strains of the virus
Health Sciences North working at 100% capacity to tackle surgery backlog while trying to attract more nurses

Health Sciences North working at 100% capacity to tackle surgery backlog while trying to attract more nurses

Hospital webpage shows more than 30 openings for registered nurses and registered practical nurses
Not anti-vaxxers, up to 16% of people are just really afraid of needles

Not anti-vaxxers, up to 16% of people are just really afraid of needles

Public health officials will work with those who are needle-hesitant to make the experience more comfortable and more psychologically manageable
Employee refused the vaccine? Employers do have options, Sudbury lawyer says, but they’re limited

Employee refused the vaccine? Employers do have options, Sudbury lawyer says, but they’re limited

Unvaccinated workers might be required to take regular testing, wear masks more often or even be laid off if other companies or clients don’t want to work with them