Three communities declare state of emergency as COVID-19 cases spike in Northern Ontario
2021-06-07 from theglobeandmail.com
At least three remote communities in Northern Ontario have declared a state of emergency following an influx of COVID-19 cases along the James Bay coast.
The recent spike in the number of people sickened with the virus has transformed the sprawling region, including Timmins and several First Nation communities, into the province’s hotspot for the coronavirus, just as much of the country appears to be winning the fight against COVID-19.
The risk that the virus will spread further means the region will not be joining the rest of the province in lifting restrictions on Friday under the government’s phased reopening plan.
Leanne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, said on Monday that she plans to issue an order to keep non-essential retail stores closed.
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