Official update: no patient cases, no outbreak at SFMH

The following is a joint media release received Jan.18 from St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU). It provides an update to our article dated Jan.11. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Ontario and beyond, the number of Renfrew County COVID cases is …

Bite-sized news at Jan.17

To help the Visutskie family of Wilno after house fire A Community account has been opened at the Northern Credit Union in Barry’s Bay at 19630 Opeongo Line. Donations can be sent by e-transfer or dropping into the Northern Credit Union in Barry’s Bay and asking to make a deposit …

OPP explain COVID enforcement

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting that Ontarians voluntarily comply with the new Stay-at-Home Order to limit mobility outside their homes, except for essential reasons, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Enforcement and fines OPP officers will enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, under the Emergency Management and Civil …

New funding for tourism operators, small businesses

The following information was received Jan.15, 2021 from Melissa Marquardt, Tourism Development Officer, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association. See below for details of a new Capital Projects funding stream (TRIP-Capital Projects Stream) being delivered by Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO), as well as links to the recently opened Small Business Support Program with the Ontario government …

Commencing Jan.14 all MV supermarket shoppers must wear masks

In light of the provincial and local COVID-19 case count and for the safety of their staff, customers and community, both supermarkets in Barry’s Bay will require mandatory masks or face coverings when the second provincial emergency comes into effect tomorrow, January 14, 2021. Management at Barry’s Bay Metro and …

Update on Valley COVID-19 vaccine roll out

Renfrew County & District Health Unit has provided the following media release: “RCDHU has been advised that we can expect to receive Pfizer and/or Moderna vaccines in early February, but there has been no confirmation of the number of doses,” states Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, RCDHU. …

Puppies delight Valley seniors

In Barry’s Bay for a vet appointment on January 4, Andrea Budarick decided to call both the Manor and Champlain Gardens (formerly Water Tower Lodge) to see if she could bring some puppy joy to their residents. Above: Valley Manor resident Freeda Higginson enjoys the antics of some of the …

RCDHU declares four outbreaks over

A media release today, Jan.12, from Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) states: Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is informing the public that the following four COVID-19 outbreaks are over: Whitewater Region Community, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Miramichi Lodge, and the Esthetician Workplace in Petawawa. RCDHU is confirming that …

SFMH virus case presents low risk to public

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed amongst the healthcare team at SFMH in Barry’s Bay. However, hospital administration reassures the public that it is still safe to come to the hospital. “We want to reassure the community that we have been working closely with many stakeholders, regional partners …

Jan.10

January is Stalking Awareness Month The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSACRC) advises:  According to statistics published by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 76 percent of women murdered by an intimate partner were stalked first, while 85 percent of women who survived murder attempts were stalked. Additionally, …

Goodbye and good luck Dr. Atfield and family

In January 2015 Dr. Alex Atfield had completed the end of his residency in late 2014 with a four week rotation in emergency at St. Francis Memorial Hospital before beginning his practice. For six years he served as a primary health care provider in Barry’s Bay. Likewise he now ends …

New owners at Barry’s Bay Cottages resort

Meet Ferdinand and Luiz Kaci, the new owners of Barry’s Bay Cottages Resort on Carson Lake. (Shown above at the resort entrance on Hwy 60.) Going from commuting on the Toronto subway every day to buying a snow-plow-ready ATV, it would be an understatement to say their life has changed …