COVID-19 Manitoulin timeline


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Last updated on March 19, 2020, at 6:39 PM

March 26 – MHC puts out a call for personal protective equipment to be donated.

March 24 – Gore Bay Medical Centre releases letter to patients. Click here to read the full letter.

March 19 – The Edgewater will be servicing on an on-call basis for essential needs.

March 18 – Little Current United Church suspends church services

March 18 – Bluegrass In The Country 2020 has been cancelled.

March 18 – Canada, U.S. closing border to non-essential traffic

March 18 – UCCM Castle Building Material Supply in M’Chigeeng closes its doors to the public but will continue to provide limited delivery and pickup services

March 18 – Loco Beanz in Little Current closes its doors

March 18 – First case of COVID-19 reported in the District of Algoma

March 17 – The Wiikwemkoong Board of Education has announced all its schools and the hub centre will be closed for students until April 5. This includes the cancellation of child care programs at the hub centre, community use of school facilities, all WBE meetings, travel and evening events and field trips.

March 17 – Midewiwi Biboon Ceremonies slated for March 20-22 at Pontiac School is cancelled

March 17 – Anishinabek Family Teachings Conference slated for March 30-31 at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre is cancelled

March 17 – Noojmowin Teg Health Centre makes changes to service delivery. Link to full list of changes.

March 17 – Rainbow Ridge Golf Course and Indoor Golf Academy limits food and beverage services to takeout only. It will continue to allow for indoor bookings of no more than four people to its Indoor Golf Academy

March 17 – North Channel Marine Tourism postpones Annual Conference and AGM scheduled for April 23 & 24, 2020 in Little Current.  The Annual Conference is being tentatively rescheduled for October 22 & 23, 2020 in Little Current.

March 17 – All Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB) offices will be open by appointment only and: All Social Assistance payments will continue; clients will not be required to submit monthly income statements; all resource centres are closed; all new applications or request for any type of DSB assistance will be handled over the phone only; where DSB staff deem necessary arrangements will be made to have an office visit. No client will be denied benefits simply because they could not sign documents 

March 17 – Little Current Lions suspend ‘Catch the Ace’. Thursday’s scheduled draw will proceed as planned with future draws suspended and reassessed after two weeks

March 17 – Ontario declares a state of Emergency. The province will mandate the closure of restaurants and bars, though those that can offer takeout and delivery can continue selling food items.

March 16 – 3 Cows and a Cone goes takeout only effective March 17

March 16 – Sunday worship at St Andrew’s United Church, Silver Water, cancelled.

March 16 – Death Cafe, GG’s Diner, Evansville, scheduled for March 18 is cancelled.

March 16 – All activities scheduled for the Silver Water Community Hall cancelled, effective immediately. Will reassess on March 30.

March 16 – NEMI cancels March 19 council meeting

March 16 – The NEMI Rec Centre is closed to the public until further notice and all March Break activities are cancelled

March 16 – Tehkummah Township announces the closure of its hall, public library (including social club) and scheduled meetings until further notice. The municipal office remains open with controlled access

March 16 – All library programming at the NEMI Library cancelled until further notice. Library hours will remain unchanged

March 16 – Billings council and committee meetings cancelled and Park Centre and Kagawong Fitness Centre closed until at least April 6

March 16 – All Contact North offices on Manitoulin closed

March 16 – Casson Dentistry in Little Current closes its doors until early April

March 16 – Little Current and Mindemoya Dental Centres ends all non-emergency and routine procedures

March 16 – Manitoulin Community Fitness Centre in Little Current closes for three weeks, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

March 15 – The Island Jar in Little Current announces its storefront closure but will continue to take phone orders and make home deliveries.

March 15 – PHSD confirms the second case of COVID-19

March 14 – Manitoulin Health Centre will now be restricting non-essential visits to the hospital.  Only ‘essential’ visitors will be allowed on the hospital sites. 

March 14 – Grace Bible Church has cancelled church services for March 15 and March 22. All other activities have been cancelled until further notice

March 14 – All Anglican Church services and bible study has been cancelled until further notice

March 14 – Ministry of Health directs that all visits to Little Current nursing home be suspended until further notice

March 13 – Manitoulin 3 on 3 hockey tournament slated for April 4 and 5 in Little Current is cancelled 

March 13 – Sheguiandah First Nation cancels all community-based programming, gatherings, activities and staff travel until April

March 13 – Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands – NEMI cancelled Career Fair scheduled to take place on March 28

March 13 – Contact North in Wiikwemkoong and M’Chigeeng are closed until April 5th, our Gore Bay office is pending closure

March 13 – Assiginack advised that in ensuring the safety of the community, all events are cancelled until further notice. The library and arena are closed until further notice. The municipal office, landfill and all public works services will continue.

March 13 – Cambrian College Little Current office has cancelled upgrading classes. Students can work from home and bring in their assignments to the office

March 13 – Central Manitoulin cancels all public gatherings in all its municipal facilities

March 13 – All Gore Bay town planned activities and events are cancelled.

March 13 – Assiginack Council cancels March 17 council meeting

March 13 – UCCMM Police service to limit nonemergency office visits

March 13 – Mnidoo Mnising Coalition/Ontario Provincial Police domestic violence symposium scheduled for March 25 and 26 has been postponed

March 13 – NOJHL announces cancellation for the remainder of the 2019-20 season

March 13 – All Aundeck Omni Kaning’s Four Directions Complex programs stopped until the end of March

March 13 – Aundeck Omni Kaning community gym is closed until March 31

March 13 – Northeastern Manitoulin Family Health Team walk-in clinics change to same-day appointments. Please call the clinic at 705-368-2450 to book a same-day appointment. Limited slots are available.

March 13 – Central Manitoulin Lions Club cancels St Patrick’s Day Dance in Mindemoya

March 13 – Effective immediately, all community use of school bookings are cancelled until Monday, April 6

March 13 – St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Little Current closes until further notice

March 13 – Canadian Government suspends Parliament. Adjourned until April 20th, 2020 (5 weeks)

March 12 – M’Chigeeng community gym closed until further noticed

March 12 – Weengushk Film Institute postpones all film production

March 12Manitoulin Health Centre releases COVID-19 statement

March 12 – Ontario Government announces all publicly funded schools in Ontario will close for 2 weeks following March break

March 12 – Manitoulin nursing homes begin screening visitors, employers, contractors, volunteers before allowing entry

March 12 – Assiginack to host Sunday, March 15 COVID-19 community awareness session and Facebook Live stream

March 12 – Wiikwemkoong hosts COVID-19 community awareness session

March 12 – Expositor announces COVID-19 Facebook Live event on Wednesday, March 18 featuring Dr. Mike Bedard

March 12Little NHL cancelled

March 12 – AOK cancels all off-Island March Break activities

March 12 – Dr. Cooper dementia talk slated for March 18 cancelled

March 12 – Waubetek closes its doors until Monday, March 23

March 12 – WRFN pulls out of Little NHL

March 11 – Assiginack Family Health Team stops labwork unless deemed ‘essential’

March 11 – Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty 3 chiefs call for the cancellation of Little NHL

March 11 – Manitoulin Central Family Health Team cancels walk-in clinics

March 11 – March 13 MHC Auxiliary Casserole Dinner cancelled

March 11 – M’Chigeeng Toy Library cancelled

March 11 – Lakeview Schools cancels all gymnasium events

March 11 – Manitoulin Family Resources Thrift Store in Mindemoya closes until further notice

March 10 – MSS postpones March 26 Parent/Guardian Night

March 10 – First regional case announced by Public Health Sudbury and Districts that evening

March 10 – M’Chigeeng hosts COVID-19 community awareness session

March 6 – M’Chigeeng Ogimaa-kwe Linda Debassige sends the Little NHL executive a letter, asking for the cancellation of the tournament

Early February – Assiginack Family Health Team cancels walk-in clinics