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Orillian among those stranded abroad scrambling to find a way home

Orillian among those stranded abroad scrambling to find a way home

‘This situation changes hourly’; Air Transat announces gradual suspension of flights but will still run repatriation flights to get people home
City shutting down; declaring an emergency is 'on the table'

City shutting down; declaring an emergency is 'on the table'

'We are bringing the city to a virtual close,' says mayor, noting essential services will continue; Fire chief says he's 'very confident' in way decisions are being made
Man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Orillia had travelled to Austria

Man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Orillia had travelled to Austria

Officials remain mum on other details; Amid concerns about 'people freaking out,' fire chief says officials hope to open assessment centre 'imminently'
Pandemic leaves local arts, entertainment community reeling

Pandemic leaves local arts, entertainment community reeling

In the wake of massive cancellations, our columnist offers some tips to help support artists, performers and others
County of Simcoe declares state of emergency

County of Simcoe declares state of emergency

This declaration aligns with the Government of Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020
Latest COVID-19 case in region found at Orillia hospital

Latest COVID-19 case in region found at Orillia hospital

The man was at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital March 16 for the test and is now self-isolating
Meal sponsorship aims to feed the vulnerable during pandemic

Meal sponsorship aims to feed the vulnerable during pandemic

Customer's generous gesture leads R Cottage owners to start sponsorship program; 'For those who do have the ability to help out, now is the time to do so'
Midland's Walmart closed after employee tested for COVID-19 <b>(UPDATE: Store reopened)</b>

Midland's Walmart closed after employee tested for COVID-19 (UPDATE: Store reopened)

Shoppers says it was only a matter of time before the virus struck close to home; 'Honestly, we’re quite nervous about the situation'
Another Simcoe-Muskoka COVID-19 case reported this morning

Another Simcoe-Muskoka COVID-19 case reported this morning

Since Thursday, March 12, there have been four cases in Simcoe-Muskoka, with one confirmed post-mortem in a man who died on March 11 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie.
Porter suspends all flights until June 1 in response to COVID-19

Porter suspends all flights until June 1 in response to COVID-19

Porter will operate until the end of the week to allow customers to finish trips and make last minute arrangements to get home