Notice for the province of Ontario

The following is a list of resources and information regarding the COVID-19 Virus.

Please note these resources span from the beginning of the pandemic as recognized by the World Health Organization and many pieces of information have been updated and continue to be updated as health officials further research the virus.

For continued information, please refer to the following websites and social media feeds:

PHU Facebook

PHU Website

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Ontario

Public Health Ontario

You can also contact the Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line at 705-267-1181 extension 2919 (Toll Free 1-800-461-1818).


APRIL 2021

As of April 8th, 2021 an emergency stay-at-home order has been placed. Citizens are asked to only leave their home for essential reasons such as; groceries and medical appointments.

MARCH 2021

Based on emerging evidence about the robust protection provided by the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has strongly recommended that in the context of the current limited COVID-19 vaccine supply, jurisdictions should maximize the number of individuals benefiting from the protection provided by vaccines by extending the timeline for the second dose of vaccine up to four months after the first dose.

Ontario has accepted and started following NACI’s recommendations on March 10th, 2021 with some limited exceptions. This document outlines the rationale for the adoption of NACI’s recommendation for most groups and explains the rationale for small numbers of exceptions.

To read the full notice from the Ministry of Health see the document attached below.

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Please take note of the following Media Release from the Porcupine Health Unit regarding the continuation of the shutdown. The release is attached below in English and French.

The third link is to the news release from Doug Ford and the province of Ontario regarding the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order across the majority of the Province.

The Corporation of the Town of Cochrane continues to follow the Provinces lead during the ongoing pandemic.

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February 8th, 2021 – Ontario New Statement


News Release – Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

TORONTO – In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and alarming risks posed to long-term care homes as a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Co-Chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

“The latest modelling data shows that Ontario is in a crisis and, with the current trends, our hospital ICUs will be overwhelmed in a few short weeks with unthinkable consequences,” said Premier Ford. “That’s why we are taking urgent and decisive action, which includes declaring a provincial emergency and imposing a stay-at-home-order. We need people to only go out only for essential trips to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives.”

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

These new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.

Click the pdf below to view the revised guidelines.



JUNE 2020

The MICs Group Health Services COVID assessment centres now have a toll-free number.

You will be asked to leave your name and telephone number along with a brief description of your symptoms. Someone will call you back within 48 hours with the date and time of your appointment.

Cochrane: Monday and Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* Hours may vary

COVID-19 MICs Assessment Center line: 1-888-962-8718

In the interim, please stay safe and maintain social distancing.


Learn more about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask.

Please visit the link to the Ministry of Health website for more information.


APRIL 2020

Cochrane will be launching its COVID Assessment Center on Wednesday, April 1st.

Assessments are by appointment only and will be referred by the Porcupine Health Unit.

If you have symptoms or have come into contact with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID, please call the Porcupine Health Unit at 1-800-461-1818, extension 2919.  Please note that the Porcupine Health Unit is experiencing a high volume of calls but your call will be returned.  Your patience is appreciated.

If you receive an appointment, a scheduler will be in contact with you and you will be given the date, time and location of your appointment.

In the interim, please stay safe and maintain social distancing.


Un centre d’évaluation pour le COVID-19 ouvrira ses portes à Cochrane le mercredi 1er avril.

Les évaluations seront faites par rendez-vous seulement à la direction du Bureau de santé Porcupine.

Vous êtes priés de contacter le Bureau de santé Porcupine au 1-800-461-1818, poste 2919 si vous avez des symptômes ou avez été en contact avec un cas soupçonné, probable ou confirmé de COVID-19. Veuillez noter que le Bureau de santé Porcupine est présentement inondé d’appels mais ils retourneront votre appel aussitôt que possible. Votre patience est appréciée.

Si le Bureau de Santé Porcupine vous considère à risque, un planificateur vous contactera pour vous donner la date, l’heure et la location de votre rendez-vous.

Dans l’intérim, demeurez en bonne santé et continuez à pratiquer l’éloignement physique.


MARCH 2020

Ontario News Releases:
March 28 – Ontario Prohibits gatherings of more than five people;


March 23 – The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, release the following information for residents and businesses.  For more information please call 1-888-444-3659 or visit the Government of Canada’s website:

  1. Announced COVID-19 Federal Economic Stimulus Measures for Businesses and Workers (as of April 1 2020)


March 17 – Ontario Enacts declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public


March 31 – Cochrane Assessment Centre
March 24 – Attention Travelers – Welcome Home – Stay Home
March 17 – Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19
March 11 – Public Health Ontario – How to self-monitor; how to self-isolate; self-isolation: guide for caregivers, household members and close contactsCleaning and Disinfection for public settings

Ontario Releases Report on COVID-19 Emergency MeasuresL’Ontario publie un rapport sur les mesures d’urgence liées à la COVID 19

Ontario Selling Surplus Properties to Build Three New Long-Term Care HomesL’Ontario vend des propriétés excédentaires pour construire trois nouveaux foyers de soins de longue durée

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and OpenLe gouvernement adopte un cadre d’intervention pour la COVID-19 afin de protéger la sécurité publique tout en facilitant la reprise des activités

To ensure the health of individuals and families living within our communities, please be aware of the following public health measures which are needed. These were recommended by Dr. David Williams, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario, and further supported by Premier Doug Ford with today’s declaration of a state of emergency.

Current closures required:

  • All recreational programs and libraries
  • All private schools
  • All daycares
  • All churches and other faith settings
  • All bars and restaurants, with the exception of restaurants that can shift to takeout/delivery mechanisms

Important prevention measures:

  • Avoid gatherings and crowds
  • Social distancing: avoiding close contact (within 2 meters) with people outside of your immediate family
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick, and do not visit long-term care homes, retirement homes or other congregate living situations

All persons over 70 years of age:

  • Self-isolate for a period of 14 days
  • Only leave your home for essential reasons

If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days:

  • If you are not a health care worker or essential service worker:
    • Self-isolate for 14 days and do not go to work
  • If you are an essential services worker and you are asymptomatic:
    • Return to work but identify yourself to your employer so that a plan can be made to protect other workers
    • Self-monitor for a period of 14 days (and if you develop ANY symptoms at all, stay home immediately)
  • Children under 16 years of age who have travelled outside of Canada:
    • Self-isolate for 14 days, with active monitoring from parents
    • Children should stay at home and avoid social gathering points such as community centres or parks

If you are unwell and need to seek health assessment for COVID-19, there are three options available:

  • A Self-Assessment Tool available at:
  • Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 (24/7)
  • Your primary care provider (call to book a virtual assessment)
  • Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line at 705-267-1181, extension 2919 (Toll Free 1-800-461-1818).

COVID-19 Screening and Testing

The Porcupine Health Unit continues to work with local healthcare partners to facilitate screening and assessment for potential testing. All testing to date has been negative. Should we have a positive case, the Porcupine Health Unit will communicate this widely, sharing any guidance and follow-up as needed.

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If you have symptoms, call Telehealth Ontario at:
TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Or contact your public health unit.

Si vous éprouvez des symptômes, téléphonez à Télésanté Ontario au
1 866 797-0000
ATS : 1 866 797-0007
ou communiquez avec votre bureau de santé publique.