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COVID-19 roundup: Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed Thursday

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Two new lab-test confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Grey-Bruce the past 24 hours according to the health unit’s daily situation report.

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A female in her 60s and a female in her 50s are the latest residents to contract the disease. Both are isolated.

There have been a total of 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grey-Bruce, with 24 reported in Owen Sound.

Fourteen of the 44 local cases have been reported in health-care workers, while Maple View Long-Term Care home is the only long-term care facility in the region with a confirmed outbreak.

None of the confirmed COVID-19 cases are now hospitalized, and 10 cases have recovered.

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The United Way of Bruce Grey has created the “Cookie Thanks” campaign to help sell excess Girl Guides cookies while giving thanks to local health-care workers.

More than 3,000 boxes of Girl Guides cookies were received just as shut-down and physical distancing measures were implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The typical door-to-door and shop-front sales of the cash-raising confection won’t work in the new world. So, the United Way has offered help with the sale of the cookies at $5.25 a box, with 25 cents going to cover credit card fees and the remaining $5 going to the Girl Guides.

The United Way says that if all 3,000 boxes are sold by April 23 they will be delivered to Owen Sound care homes for the April 25 weekend.

For more information or to sponsor a box of Girl Guide cookies through Canada Helps, visit www.CookieThanks.ca or call 519-376-1560.

The United Way also wants to hear from Bruce-Grey Girl Guide units who would be interested in joining the Cookie Thanks campaign.

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While construction of the new library in Meaford has been halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, funding has hit a new milestone.

Two donations of $50,000 were recently contributed to the new library fundraising pool that now totals over $690,000, the new Meaford Public Library Fundraising Committee announced Thursday.

The fundraising goal of $750,000 announced by the committee in 2018 is now $60,000 away from fulfillment.

Donor details weren’t released Thursday, but their contributions will give them the opportunity to name two rooms in the new library building currently stalled in construction at the east-end of Sykes Street in Meaford.

Meaford council voted last summer to build a new accessible library at the former Foodland property downtown on Meaford’s main street.

Meaford Library Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Solecky said by email Thursday that they still look forward to opening the new library this year.

“A report to council on the library project will be presented in May. It should be expected that for as long as construction is halted, it will result in that same length of additional time to complete,” said Darcy Chapman, Meaford’s director of corporate services and treasurer, via e-mail.

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The Blue Mountain Village Foundation (BMVF) is launching an Accelerated Spring Grant Program providing 15 donations of $1,000 to charities and not-for-profit agencies.

There will be a streamlined set of criteria for the grant aimed at helping organizations in the South Georgian Bay community that need support in adapting to the COVID-19 crisis and helping those in need.

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The BMVF is asking for a one-page application that outlines what new or unique community needs are being addressed by the charity in light of COVID-19? How is the charity creatively addressing those needs to provide direct community support? How is the charity collaborating with other local service agencies or forming partnerships to increase reach, scope and impact? How will the funds support the charity’s effort?

Applications can be submitted to the BMVF by April 30 via e-mail at foundation@bluemountainvillage.ca.

The BMVF selection committee will assess all grant applications and distribute funds by May 8.

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