Does a Comma or a Period Matter? Absolutely!

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THUNDER BAY – Grammar, punctuation and spelling are important. Especially today. NetNewsLedger received reports earlier today of a death in the city of a man, apparently due to COVID-19.

Following due diligence, we contacted the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. A spokesperson for the Health Unit says, “I can confirm that at this time we do not have any deaths related to COVID-19.”

In the obituary, which read a man died, “Due to COVID-19,” should have read, “Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date”.

Perhaps it should have read, ‘Due to restrictions as a result of COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date”.

Again, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit confirms there have been no reported deaths in the district due to COVID-19.

Earlier today the TBDHU reported there are now 21 cases reported.

Editor’s Note: On a more personal note in communications – decades ago, in school, my attitude was grammar was not all that important. I am certain there are teachers who I had in elementary and junior high school, who today are likely retired or have passed on, who would certainly smile knowing how much importance spelling and grammar are in my daily life..

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