For any Ontarians contemplating a trip to the cottage or other dwellings for family gatherings over the Easter Long Weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding people to practice physical distancing and stay home.
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In northwestern Ontario, approval has been granted for a testing facility to begin processing tests in Thunder Bay. Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Ian Gemmill is hopeful that once open, the facilities will make quick work of the testing backlog for the north.
The Mayor of Fort Frances is encouraging people to observe physical distancing and self-isolation guidelines, even if the town hasn't seen many cases of COVID-19 compared to other parts of the world.
Few aspects of life have been left untouched by the global COVID-19 pandemic. How people worship has been no different.
In Ontario, all churches have been closed for group worship, and social gatherings over five people anywhere in the province are against the law. But that hasn't stopped local congregations from staying connected.
Four weeks before Christmas the cashiers at Safeway Fort Frances collected cash donations from customers for the food bank. And this week, the store was able to donate those proceeds to the Salvation Army.
This campaign runs each year to help ensure that food bank shelves are stocked so that people in need can find support through the food bank at The Salvation Army.
As the world practices physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic to protect each other from the spread of the virus, many senior citizens are left isolated and unable to see their loved ones.
That ultimately can have a negative impact on their mental health.
Fortunately there is a new initiative that can alleviate some of those stresses.
It can't be business as normal, but the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) is committed to looking after those who rely on their services.
The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) is taking steps to protect the most vulnerable populations in Fort Frances and the district.
Rural residents throughout northern Ontario have been given a 90 day extension on Provincial Land Taxes, to offset financial hardships incurred from COVID-19.
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