COVID-19 Manitoulin timeline


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Last updated on June 22, 2020, at 2:14 PM

June 22 – PHSD report a new case positive case of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury bringing the total to 67 total cases regionally.

June 22 – Grace Bible Church reopens June 28. Physical distancing measures in place.

June 18 – PHSD announce 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury bringing the total to 66 total cases regionally.

June 17 – Current to Killarney Canoe Paddle Race cancelled for 2020

June 12 – Gore Bay Harbour Days and Canada Day celebrations cancelled for 2020

June 12 – Provincial government has moved to enact ‘Stage 2’ of its reopening plan in most public health districts of Ontario

June 10 – Billings Township to open beaches to the public

June 8 – M’Chigeeng checkpoints decommissioned

June 5 – Providence Bay Fair will be virtual for 2020

June 5 – Gore Bay Lionsfest Cancelled for 2020

June 5 – Pearson Cup and the Mindemoya Youth Softball tournament event cancelled for 2020

June 3Wiikwemkoong Cultural Festival postponed until 2021 due to virus

June 2 – Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

June 1 – Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival goes virtual for 2020

June 1Manitoulin Country Fest and Rockin’ the Rock cancelled and postponed until 2021

May 27 – Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak

May 25 – MHC is encouraging residents of Manitoulin to get tested for COVID-19 if they show even mild symptoms

May 22 – PHSD reports targeted COVID-19 testing to begin for all residents and staff in local retirement homes

May 19 – Ontario schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year

May 15 – Ontario lifting Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) designation effective May 16th

May 14 – Manitoulin Lodge staffer tests positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 64 regionally.

May 14 – Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

May 13 – Some Island boat launches, parks to be open for long weekend

May 12 – Only one positive case in Wikwemikong Nursing Home facilities as of Monday, retest results returned negative

May 12 – Declaration of Emergency Extended until June 2 while Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy

May 10 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 at Finlandia Village Nursing Home bringing the total to 61 regionally.

May 8 – PHSD: New confirmed case of COVID-19 in long-term care resident, outbreak declared at Wikwemikong Nursing Home

May 8 – Little Current Lions announce Haweater Weekend cancelled

May 7 – MS Chi-Cheemaun to begin ferry service for essential transportation only on June 1

May 1 – Public Health Sudbury & Districts reports second COVID-19 death

May 1 – Ontario allows certain businesses to reopen under strict safety guidelines

April 29 – Emergency childcare centre opens in Little Current for healthcare frontline workers

April 28 – COVID-19 outbreak declared in long-term care home: Extendicare York

April 28 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 58 regionally.

April 28 – PHSD reports 6 new COVID-19 cases at Pioneer manor. Bringing the total to 57 regionally.

April 27Ontario unveils guiding principles to reopen the province

April 25 – Effective Saturday, April 25 at 12 noon, M’Chigeeng First Nation will be moving into a Non-Essential Travel Ban restricting travel through the community.

April 24 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 50 regionally.

April 23 – PHSD reports two new cases of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 49 regionally.

April 22 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 47 regionally.

April 22 – Manitowaning, M’Chigeeng announce they will host COVID-19 recovery beds for people in recovery mode but too sick to go home

April 20 – Manitoulin Art Tour is cancelled due to COVID-19 situation

April 20 – PHSD reports two new cases of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 44 regionally.

April 19 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 42 regionally.

April 19 – Staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Sudbury

April 17 – PHSD reports five new cases of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 41 regionally. All five confirmed cases from contact with another case.

April 16 – The Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic is cancelled due to COVID-19 situation

April 15 – PHSD reports one new case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 39 regionally

April 15 – MHC offers in-home COVID-19 testing for new, worsening acute respiratory illness cases

April 15MHC PPE drive gets community support but still seeks donations

April 14 – Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19

April 14 – PHSD reports two new cases of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 38 regionally

April 13 – MHC offers in-home COVID-19 testing for new, worsening acute respiratory illness cases

April 12 – PHSD reports six more COVID-19 cases to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 36 cases regionally

April 11 – PHSD reports one more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 30 cases regionally

April 10 – PHSD reports one more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 29 cases regionally

April 9 – PHSD reports two more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 27 cases regionally

April 9 – Killarney asks visitors to stay away until further notice

April 9Birch Island restricts access to cottagers with leased lots

April 9 – Wiikwemkoong declares travel order which restricts all non-essential travel by Wiikwemkoong residents and those coming into the territory.

April 9 – The first and inaugural checkpoint was established at the east entrance of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Hwy 540 within the territory of M’Chigeeng First Nation at 4 pm.

April 8 – All Island nursing homes enact strict lockdowns during COVID-19 spread

April 8 – Manitoulin Health Centre has partnered with the Northeast Town to create a standalone sub-acute care centre for COVID-19 patients at the Little Current-Howland Recreation Centre.

April 6 – Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory declares State of Emergency

April 4 – PHSD reports one more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 26 cases regionally

April 3 – Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

April 3 – PHSD reports seven more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 25 cases regionally

April 3 – Ontario government shuts down all outdoor recreation amenities during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3 – MHC fundraiser for Island ventilators is met. Four units ordered for Manitoulin hospitals’ use.

April 2 – PHSD reports two more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area and one deceased bringing the total to 18 cases regionally

April 2 – PHSD reports three more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury and Sudbury district area bringing the total to 16 cases regionally. Evidence of community spread documented.

April 1 – PHSD reports one more case of COVID-19 to the Greater Sudbury area bringing the total to 13 cases regionally

April 1Manitoulin sees its first two cases of COVID-19

April 1 – Some First Nations are limiting access to communities amid COVID-19

March 29 – Chief and council of M’Chigeeng passed a Band Council Motion for the establishment of checkpoints in M’Chigeeng First Nation as a safety measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 23 – Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reported that the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were tested on Manitoulin

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