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 Volume 12 No. 5
First and foremost, we hope that each and every one of you is safe and healthy...and are taking the precautions to shelter in place seriously. If there is any hope to be found around the world, take a look at Vo, Italy . On this side of the Atlantic, San Francisco, CA, ordered folks three weeks ago to shelter in place; and weeks later, as shown by the graph below of the San Fran area (9 counties and over 7.8 million people), the number of cases in the San Francisco Bay area has stayed relatively flat in comparison to other parts of the USA. Sheltering in place DOES make a difference . It's very hard to physically stay distant as a human race - but we are all in this together and will get through it.
SF to NY Growth of Covid 19
Sheltering in place may not sound like much, but it is huge . Given the importance of this, even asymptomatic folks' traveling is actually counter-productive, because they risk carrying the disease (even unknowingly) to a new area - to Pointe au Baril for example - where the cross contamination would begin all over again and potentially put the health care system in crisis mode! In the PaB area, West Parry Sound Health Care System would be overloaded, potentially risking people's lives!

Montreal experienced this cross contamination in early March after Canadians traveled from there for social events in Florida and family gatherings in New Rochelle, New York , where they were in densely populated crowds, and then returned home, only to learn they were sick with the virus after being in close contact with their friends and families. By far, Quebec is the most impacted province in Canada (see below).

The truth of the matter is that the symptoms from the virus don't materialize for up to 14 days AFTER one is infected. Then every person with whom one has come in contact within those two weeks may also have been infected, doubly, tripling, quadrupling the chances for others to get infected while not yet showing traveling actually is one of the main culprits that has caused outbreaks in other parts of the world, including Montreal. Take a look at for more information on the virus as it affects Canada and Ontario. Then go to the epidemiological report  and scroll down for daily Interactive maps .

How this will affect our summer at the cottage is yet unknown, but for now, precautions have been issued by the Ontario government and are necessary to insure everyone's health and to flatten the curve of the disease....

Please be safe and stay healthy...and, for now, stay put so that we can get to our cottages this summer! What we and others do now will ultimately decide it for us!
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In this eBlast:
  • Coronavirus & Its Current Impact on PaB Marinas
  • Interactive Chart of COVID-19 Deaths by Country
  • H4H House Nearing Completion
  • Upcoming GBBR Walk & GBF Presentation CANCELLED
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels March 30, 2020
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Level 6 month forecast
  • In Memoriam - Reginald Lewis
Coronavirus Deaths by Country -
An Interactive Graph

Please click on this graph to go directly to the article and further explanation.
This is a graph of the Coronaviruses by Country. If you click on this graph on your computer, it will take you to an article with an interactive graph to help break it down by country...You can use this chart to follow the disease’s progression by country. It uses what’s called a  logarithmic scale  — exponential growth at different rates will appear as straight lines of different steepness. The steeper the line, the higher the growth rate and the faster the total number of coronavirus deaths is doubling. NY Times March 30, 2020

Editor's Note: Hopefully with Canada doing all it can early , it may avert the tragedy being witnessed in the USA.
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Coronavirus & Its Current Impact on PaB Marinas
Matt French called Tom Scoon requesting that we share the following information from both Desmasdon's and Payne's with everyone~

From Payne Marine and Desmasdon & Beacon Marinas to everyone who stores boats with them in Cottage Country:

While the ice is quickly going, and this is typically the most exciting time for both our business and our customers, this unfortunately is a very different year. The reality is that COVID-19 has and will continue to affect each and every one of us in a very dramatic fashion. At our core, our business is about people. It is about taking care of people and is centred on long lasting relationships that span over many decades with our customers. 
As a result of this evolving COVID-19 situation, we have had to implement numerous policies in order to keep everyone as safe as we can. Some of these are, quite frankly, harsh; and we know that. Please understand we are only doing what we feel is in the best interest of ALL of us. We are closely following the recommendations of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Federal and Provincial Governments as we update our policies and make decisions.
We will continue our current policy to not allow the general public on our property at this time. All sales, service, and parts requests will continue to be dealt with over the phone and via email. Our sales and accounting offices are closed to the public as is our retail store.

We will be allowing customers with boat slips to come up in the near future so they may access their cottages, however we have not set an exact date at this time as to when that will be. 

Our fuel dock is currently closed. This all being said, we would truthfully prefer our customers not come up quite yet and allow us to continue to work safely behind the scenes to ensure that when times are safer, we can be ready and capable of having all of our amazing customers return. 
Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, has joined Ontario Premier Doug Ford in urging seasonal residents to stay in the city. 
Good links: 

Tonia Blencarn, Desmasdon's Boat Works & Beacon Marine
Matt French, Desmasdon's & Beacon Marines
Mark Payne, Payne Marine
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Of Interest
H4H Composite House
H4H House
Nearing Completion!

The Pointe au Baril GREEN build Habitat house is almost ready for Myesha, Josh and their two young daughters to move in. A house dedication is now planned for July 4, 10:00 – 12:00. Please be at the house if you can for this event. If you can’t be there for the dedication, there will be an open house on August 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 to give all our valued donors and volunteers an opportunity to see the results of their labour and dedication to help others.    
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For everyone, Rachael Allen, Volunteer Coordinator, has put together a yearbook of pictures and stories which will be published online soon. For those who were a part of this Village, Islander and First Nation effort, a Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded to each.
Upcoming Events - Cancelled
GBBR Walk in Parry Sound April 18th postponed
GBF Energy - Rights and Wrongs Program Postponed for April 25
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels
March 30, 2020
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Daily Water Level Key 2020
Army Corp GL Water level outlook

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In Memoriam
Reginald Lewis , G1500 'Stokes Cottage', husband of Sheila, uncle of Patrick Rowan, 2019.
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