March 17, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-March 17th, 2020






An assessment centre is being set up in Miramichi. Horizon Health announced it is setting up assessment sites around the province, including at the the Miramichi Health Centre, behind the Medical Arts Centre, at 679 King George Highway.

The entrance is on the side of the building but the testing site will only be seeing people by appointment. Individuals can make those appointments only by calling 8-1-1 and only if they have symptoms. Following an assessment by phone, if the client requires an in-person assessment a referral will be sent to the Community Assessment Centre ad staff will contact the person as to when they should come in. That should  within 24 hours.





Via Rail has announced it has cancelled the Ocean passenger train between Halifax and Montreal.

In a release, the company says concerns over COVID-19 are the reason behind the cancellations which will be reassessed on March 27th.

The only passenger train service in the Maritimes makes several stops on its way to Halifax including Amherst, Cambellton, Moncton, and Miramichi.  The company says passengers with existing tickets can change the dates or receive a full refund.





Dr. Russel is is urging people who can stay home to do so, and for everyone to practice social distancing.  She said the time to act is now to limit the spread of this virus, particularly to our most vulnerable residents.

Dr. Russel is recommending the closure of most public spaces such as theatres, performance spaces, swimming pools, spas, sauna and water parks, other recreational sites like ski resorts, amusement parks, dance, spinning and yoga centres. She also recommend theatres close and Cineplex, the nation’s largest theatre chain is doing that.





Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Russel is recommending the closure of daycares saying the time is now for all to act to limit the spread of the virus.

At yesterday press conference Russel said some daycares should be excluded such as those that provide service to essential workers such as health care.

She also urged other public spaces such as arenas, zoos, swimming pools, and performance spaces to close.

Premier Blaine Higgs said if these facilities choose to ignore the recommendations they are doing a great disservice to the community.





WestJet says it is suspending all commercial operations for international and transborder flights for a 30-day period.

As of today, the Calgary-based airline says tickets for the period beginning March 23 will no longer be available for sale.

It says in a statement online that its final commercially scheduled flight will be Sunday night.

The company says it will then be operating rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government.

This comes on the announcement that Canada has closed its borders to all international travellers.





If you usually stop at Tim Hortons on your way into work there are changes this morning.

Timmies is only offering drive-thru, takeout and delivery services.  You won’t be able to sit down and enjoy your coffee in the dining area.

So lineups may be longer, although with more people working from home, it may even out.