We have come to know what it’s like to live with COVID-19, even if we don’t like, but almost exactly two years ago today, we were freaking out. Remember wiping down your groceries with anti-bacterial wipes? Remember the run on toilet paper? Remember when we thought we could stamp this out in two weeks? Times sure have changed, but are we really at the end of COVID considering how it began?

On this day in 2020, March 16, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced the region’s first case of COVID-19. The anonymously famous person was a man in his 40s who just returned from a trip to Atlanta, Georgia and then tested positive at the Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville. Meanwhile, the list of shutdowns, closures and cancellations got longer and longer.

Those were weird, wild, and crazy days. News was coming fast and furiously, and no one knew what what was going to happen next. Two years later, we’re still being affected by COVID even though we’re trying to make a case to ourselves that the pandemic is over. Meanwhile, only 14 per cent of people in low income countries have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and in South Africa, where the especially virulent Omicron variant was first detected, less than 30 per cent of people have been fully vaccinated.

So on this edition of the podcast we are going back to where it all began. On the week of March 16, 2020 Open Sources Guelph co-host Scotty Hertz produced an hour-long daily newscast to bring people the latest news and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on the people of Guelph. As we listen, let’s remember just how far we’ve come in the last two years. Yes, it’s felt like we’ve been spinning in place for the last 24 months, but let us also recognize the progress we’ve made.

So let’s go back to beginning on this week’s Guelph Politicast.

Looking two years later, the Government of Ontario has announced the end of mask mandates on March 21, but some people are trying to keep the mandates in place for schools Check out those details here and here. The government also has an eye to end all COVID restrictions at the end of April, but we will keep you posted with all the latest developments here on Guelph Politico.

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