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COVID-19 Local News

Feds announce travel ban exemptions for farm workers

Feds announce travel ban exemptions for farm workers

'Without these foreign workers, we don't have enough people to do the work,' says local growers' association official
City allowing one untagged bag of garbage per pickup until April 24

City allowing one untagged bag of garbage per pickup until April 24

'We are helping residents dispose of the additional waste they may be producing as a result of self-isolating or increased sanitizing because of COVID-19,' says mayor
Veterinary care should be deemed 'essential,' says Ramara pet owner

Veterinary care should be deemed 'essential,' says Ramara pet owner

With an ailing senior dog, Joan Mizzi-Fry worries about pandemic's potential effects on vet services
Orillia's homeless moved from Lighthouse shelter to local hotel

Orillia's homeless moved from Lighthouse shelter to local hotel

Concerns about the need to observe social distancing prompted the move; 'It’s amazing to see the community come together,' says Lighthouse official
Ontario reporting 47 new COVID-19 cases, but few details on cases so far

Ontario reporting 47 new COVID-19 cases, but few details on cases so far

The province has provided a few details on seven of the cases, but the other 40 have no identifying information such as age, gender, and applicable health unit
The honour system versus enforcement during COVID-19

The honour system versus enforcement during COVID-19

Violating Canada's Quarantine Act can end up costing a person up to $1 million in fines and three years in jail
City shuts down access to playgrounds due to pandemic fears

City shuts down access to playgrounds due to pandemic fears

'We want to encourage safe recreational activities, but because we are unable to sanitize public playground equipment' access has been closed, mayor says
Local volunteer firefighter self-isolates after vacation abroad

Local volunteer firefighter self-isolates after vacation abroad

'We also need to stop the spread; that's why it's important to take all these steps, he says after month-long trip to Morocco
Mayor pleads with Snowbirds to take COVID-19 seriously

Mayor pleads with Snowbirds to take COVID-19 seriously

In a video message, Steve Clarke reminds people returning from the south how important it is to be vigilant to stop the spread of the coronavirus
UPDATE: Second COVID-19 death confirmed in Barrie, health workers exposed

UPDATE: Second COVID-19 death confirmed in Barrie, health workers exposed

There is now also evidence of community spread