THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

For Immediate Release To the Public

The Porcupine Health Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario, serving the entire Cochrane District and Hornepayne, in Algoma District. The main office is located in Timmins, Ontario, with branch offices in Cochrane, Hearst, Hornepayne, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Matheson, Moosonee and Smooth Rock Falls.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
See below for a list of reposted cases since March 2020. 

The Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line
• If you are experiencing fever, dry cough and/or shortness of breath, call the PHU COVID-19 Info Line at 1-800-461-1818 extension 2919.
• Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
• Callers can leave messages and PHU staff will call back within 24 hours.
• At times, call volumes are high, and your patience is appreciated.

Prevention Measures
Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
• Cough into your sleeve or tissue
• Stay home if you are sick
• Practice physical distancing – stay home as much as possible, limit visitors to your home.
• Do your best to keep at least two metres away from others

Symptoms of COVID-19
• Fever, cough and difficulty breathing
• Complications can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some
cases, death.

IMPORTANT: If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19
• If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free 1-800-461-1818.
• Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.
• If you are ill and must visit a health care professional, call ahead and tell them if you have a respiratory illness.
• If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

For further information, please contact:
Gary Schelling
Communications Specialist
Porcupine Health Unit
705- 267-1181 ext. 2413
gary.schelling@porcupinehu.on.ca

July, 2021

Issued: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting five (5) new COVID-19 cases among residents. Two (2) cases are in Timmins and three (3) cases are in the area of James and Hudson Bay.
Read the Full Bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases – July 13

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Issued: Friday, July 9, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting four (4) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. All cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay Region.
Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases – July 9

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Issued: Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting four (4) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. All cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region.
The PHU is also releasing information related to a positive case of COVID-19. Through the investigation, they have learned that there may have been a potential low risk exposure to the public related to the following travel

Read the full bulletin below:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases and Exposure – July 8

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June, 2021

Issued: Monday, June 28, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting six (6) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. All cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. One (1) case is a contact of a case and five (5) are under investigation.
Today the health unit is reporting an additional twelve (12) cases because of data cleaning. These added cases are no longer active, but the total number of cases has been revised on the website to reflect the accurate number of cases.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases June 28

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Issued: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Starting today, select individuals aged 12 to 15 years who received their first dose of Pfizer at least 28 days ago can now make an appointment at a Pfizer clinic to receive their second dose. Individuals aged 12-15 are encouraged to bring a parent or legal guardian to their vaccine appointment.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Second Doses 12-15 – EN FR June 23

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting six (6) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Two (2) cases are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls and four cases (4) are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Two (2) cases are contacts of a case and four (4) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1973-1978

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Issued: Monday, June 21, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting five (5) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Two (2) cases are in Timmins and three (3) are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Two (2) cases are contacts of a case and three (3) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1965-1969 (002)

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Issued: Friday, June 18, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty-one (21) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Four (4) cases are in the Timmins area, one (1) case is in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls and sixteen (16) are in the area of James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Seven (7) cases are contacts of a case and fourteen (14) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1918-1938

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Issued: Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting sixteen (16) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Two (2) cases are in the Timmins area, two (2) cases are Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls, two (2) cases in the area of Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, Fauquier-Strickland and ten (10) are in the area of James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Three (3) cases are contacts of a case and thirteen (13) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1902-1917


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Issued: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twelve (12) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. One (1) case is in the Timmins area and eleven (11) are in the area of James Bay and Hudson Bay region. One (1) case is a contact of a case and eleven (11) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1890-1901


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Issued: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting eight (8) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of nineteen (19) cases reported today. All cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Two (2) cases are contacts of a case and six (6) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1882-1889

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is pleased to share Moderna SECOND DOSE clinics in branch communities are now scheduled. The supply is an additional allocation of Moderna which has been received in response to the health unit’s ongoing requests to the Ministry of Health. The presence and increase in the highly contagious Delta variant (B.617) within the PHU area is extremely concerning; therefore, we need to move quickly and offer first and second doses to all eligible residents.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Branch Second Doses Update – EN FR June 14 (003)

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting eleven (11) new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Two (2) cases are in Timmins and nine (9) cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. One (1) case is a contact of a case and ten (10) are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1871-1881 + Variant

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For Immediate Release — Thursday, June 10, 2021 Timmins, Ontario
Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), with the support of leaders across the PHU region, and the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario, Dr. David Williams, announced, “At this time, the numbers and evidence have led to the important and necessary decision to continue some restrictions from the Provincial shutdown as it moves to Step 1 of Ontario’s “Road Map to Reopen”. I am issuing instructions that allow the Porcupine Health Unit to extend important public health measures currently in place under the Provincewide Emergency Brake.”

Read the full media release here:
Media Release PHU Continues Restrictions
Media Release – PHU Continues Restrictions -FR

See a full description of the PHU’s Step 1 here:
Porcupine Step 1 Instructions – Final June 11 2021

Read the Ministry of Health’s Letter to the PHU here:
CMOH Letter to Dr. Catton – June 9 2021_

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Issued: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Starting today, any individual aged 16 years and older who received their first dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 28 days ago can now make an appointment
at a Pfizer clinic to receive Pfizer for their second dose. Updated recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) guidelines confirm that interchanging mRNA vaccines is safe and effective. This recommendation is based on current scientific evidence and NACI’s expert opinion.

Read the full bulletin here and see updates on vaccine rates:
Bulletin COVID-19 Dose Two – 28 Days EN FR June 9
COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter_2021-06-03_EN_Final
COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter_2021-06-03_FR_Final

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Issued: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seventeen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and eleven cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Three cases are contacts of a case and fourteen are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1657-1673 + Variant

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Issued: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty-six new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Thirteen cases are in Timmins and thirteen cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Seven cases are contacts of a case and nineteen are under investigation.

Read the Full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 1631 – 1656

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Issued: Monday, June 7, 2021

Over the past several weeks, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, has continued to advocate for increased Moderna vaccine supply. “With the record number of cases, increase in outbreaks and the discovery of the Delta variant in our region, the Ministry had responded to our pleas by providing three additional strategic allocations of vaccine to our heath unit. This included an allocation of Pfizer vaccine that was used during the May long weekend dose one vaccine blitz, an allocation of Moderna that has been used for second doses since Friday and we are expecting a second allocation of Moderna today for clinics that are fully booked for second doses. “We are grateful for this support, and the dedication of the PHU team and partners who continue to work 7 days a week to provide vaccine options across the region and get both first and second doses done efficiently for those eligible,” Dr. Catton shared.

Read the full media release here and see clinic information below:
Media Release Second Dose Pfizer
Media Release – Second Dose Pfizer -FR
COVID-19 Assessment Centre General Information

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty-three new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Twenty are in the James and Hudson Bay region, two cases are in Timmins and one case is in the Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam & Fauquier-Strickland region. Seven cases are contacts of a case and sixteen cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 1607-1630 + Outbreak

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Issued: Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirty-eight new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Ten cases are in Timmins and twenty five are in the James and Hudson Bay region, two in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls & Smooth Rock Falls region and one in the Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam & Fauquier-Strickland region. Twenty four cases are contacts of a case and fourteen cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 1570-1607

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Issued: Friday, June 4, 2021

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), reports that the PHU was notified by the Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) that a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Timmins is positive for a variant of concern (VOC), the COVID-19 variant B1.617.2, designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the variant Delta. The variant was confirmed by the whole genome sequencing completed through PHOL’s surveillance of positive tests for variants of concern. This individual is currently in admitted to hospital. To safeguard patient privacy no additional information about this
individual’s condition will be provided.

Read the full bulletin here:
Media Release New VOC in PHU Area
Media Release New VOC in PHU Area-FR

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting fifty-seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Twenty cases are in Timmins, thirty-three are in the James and Hudson Bay region and four cases in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Twenty-nine cases are contacts of a case, two cases are related to an outbreak and twenty-six cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 1483-1539

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Vaccine Rates

PHU COVID-19 Vaccine Rates June 1

Issued: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting forty new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Twenty-one cases are in Timmins and nineteen are in the James and Hudson Bay region. Three cases are contacts of a case and thirty-seven cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 1394-1433

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Issued: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Five cases are in Timmins and two are in the James and Hudson Bay region. All cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 1368-1374

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May, 2021

Issued: Monday, May 31, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirteen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Eleven cases are in Timmins and two are in the James and Hudson Bay region. Three cases are contacts of a case and ten are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Thirteen New Confirmed Cases + Outbreak

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Issued: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Vaccine Rates in the PHU

See the full document here:
PHU COVID-19 Vaccine Rates May 27

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Issued: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Eighteen cases are in the Timmins area, nine are in the James and Hudson Bay region and two are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Ten cases are contacts of a case and nineteen cases are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – 1173-1201 + Exposure

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Issued: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting fourteen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in the Timmins area and eight are in the James and Hudson Bay region. Two cases are contacts of a case, eleven cases are under investigation, and one is related to an outbreak.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – 1152-1165

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Issued: Friday, May 21, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirty-eight new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Twenty cases are in the Timmins area, eleven are in the James and Hudson Bay region, five cases are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls, one case is in the area of Hearst, Hornepayne and one case in the area of Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, FauquierStrickland. Thirteen cases are contacts of a case, six are related to an outbreak and nineteen are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – 973-1010

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Issued: Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting sixteen more new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of fifty cases reported today. Eleven cases are in the James and Hudson Bay region and five cases are in the Timmins area. Two cases are contacts of a case and fourteen are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – 957-972

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirty-four new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Twenty-seven cases are in the Timmins area, four are in the James and Hudson Bay region and three are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Nineteen cases are contacts of a case, one is related to an outbreak and fourteen are under investigation

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 923-956 + Outbreak

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Issued: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is extremely pleased to announce that the PHU has been able to secure vaccine to offer a vaccine blitz in Timmins this weekend. These clinics will offer drop-in clinics and clinics that require scheduled appointments and will use the Pfizer vaccine. Any individual who is 12 years of age or older and who have not yet received their first dose is encouraged to book an appointment or go to one of the drop-in clinics. Families with youth aged 12 years of age or older are encouraged to be vaccinated together at these clinics.

Read the full notice here:
Media Release – Vaccine Blitz-FR
Media Release Vaccine Blitz

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twelve more new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of thirty-two reported today. Nine cases are in Timmins and three are from the James and Hudson Bay region. Three are contacts of a case, one is related to an outbreak and the investigation is ongoing for the other eight.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 914-922

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Fifteen cases are in Timmins, three are from the James and Hudson Bay region, one is from the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls and one is from the area of Hearst, Hornepayne. Twelve are contacts of a case, two are related to an outbreak and the investigation is ongoing for the other six.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 894-913

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Issued: Monday, May 17, 2021

With record numbers of cases and outbreaks, our area is now seeing an increase in hospital admissions and severity of infections and COVID-19 in younger people. COVID-19 vaccination is an important measure to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who are 12 years of age and older at time of vaccination can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine clinics to receive their FIRST DOSE. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 12+ Vaccines EN FR May 17 FINAL

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Issued: Friday, May 14, 2021

Vaccine Fact Sheet Long-FR

Vaccine Fact Sheet – Long

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Issued: Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting six more new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of twenty-two reported today. Five cases are in Timmins and one is from the James and Hudson Bay region. One is a contact of a case, one is related to an outbreak and the investigation is ongoing for the other four.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 788-793

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Issued: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two more COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of thirty-one reported today. One case is in Timmins and one case is in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. One case is a contact of a case and one case is under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Case 770-771 and Outbreak at EACOM – May 12

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Issued: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting six new COVID-19 cases among residents
in the health unit area. All of the cases are in Timmins. Five are contacts of a case and
one is under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 735-740

At-Risk
Second Group
First Group

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Issued: Monday, May 10, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirteen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Eleven cases are from the Timmins area and two are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Ten cases are contacts of a case and three are under investigation.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 722-734

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who have eligible atrisk medical conditions can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine clinics. Clinics will be using Pfizer and/or Moderna. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Vaccine Expanding At-RiskEN FR

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Issued: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Through ongoing investigations of recent cases, it has been determined that several confirmed cases have been linked to exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Consistently following the public health measures when providing services to clients and working with colleagues can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. Visit the PHU website phu.fyi/covid-business for more information on public health measures in the workplace.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Cases 698-704 EN FR

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Issued: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Through ongoing investigations of recent cases, it has been determined that several confirmed cases have been linked to exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Consistently following the public health measures when providing services to clients and working with colleagues can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. Visit the PHU website phu.fyi/covid-business for more information on public health measures in the workplace.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 662-675

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter_2021-05-06_EN_Final
COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter_2021-05-06_FR_Final

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Issued: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who are 40 years and older (born in 1981 or earlier) and the second group of essential workers (aged 18+ years of age) who cannot work from home can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine clinics. Clinics will be using Moderna. The only exceptions are the clinics in Timmins which will use Pfizer and/or Moderna. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Group 2 Essential Workers EN FR

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Issued: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Through ongoing investigations of recent cases, it has been determined that several confirmed cases have been linked to exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Consistently following the public health measures when providing services to clients and working with colleagues can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. Visit phu.fyi/covid-business for more information on public health measures in the workplace.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 654-661 EN FR May 5

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Issued: Monday, May 3, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Case 647-653 (003)

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The Porcupine Health Unit is releasing information related to a potential risk exposure to the public related to the following travel:
Monday, April 26, 2021 – Ontario Northland train, scheduled departure time 5:00 p.m., from Moosonee to Cochrane, especially those seated in coach 2. The passengers in this coach must self-isolate immediately and call their local public health unit.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Potential Exposure Train May 4 (003)

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Issued: Monday, May 3, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Case 645-646 EN FR May 3

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Issued: Monday, May 3, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 643-644 May 3

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Issued: Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting eleven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Case 632-642 and Outbreak EN FR May 2

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who are 50 years and older can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine clinics. Clinics will be using Moderna. The only exceptions are the clinics in Timmins which will use Pfizer and/or Moderna. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics 50+ EN FR May 2

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April, 2021

Issued: Friday, April 30, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 616-622

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Issued: Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting nine new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 597-605 Apr 29

As per ministry guidance, most individuals who receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for their second dose within four months of their first dose. Some of the first individuals within our district to get their COVID-19 vaccine will be due for their second dose within the next month. Planning is currently underway to ensure everyone gets their second dose when they are due. More details will be shared as they become available.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Second Doses EN FR Apr 29_

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Issued: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirteen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 584-596

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Issued: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. The PHU is also declaring an outbreak at Living Space in accordance with the provincial guidelines which deems that one case in a staff or patron in a congregate living setting is an outbreak.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin Case 582 to 583 Outbreak and Potential Exposure at Living Space in Timmins EN FR Apr 27

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Issued: Monday, April 26, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 561-580

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Issued: Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting three new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin – Case 557-559 EN FR (002)

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Issued: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who are 55 years or older can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine clinics. Clinics will be using Moderna. The only exception may be the clinic in Timmins clinics which may use Pfizer. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

Read the full bulletin and see clinic dates and locations here:
Bulletin COVID-19 Vaccine 55 years and older EN FR Apr 23

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at Senator in Timmins. An investigation has determined that a cluster of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are related to the building. The cases are currently in self-isolation.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Outbreak at Senator EN FR Apr 23

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting fifteen cases in Timmins and the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Ten are under investigation, three are contacts of a case and two are community exposures. All cases are in self-isolation.  Visit phu.fyi/covid-cases for more information about confirmed cases in the PHU region.

COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages, and across the province we are seeing an increased number of adults, under the age of 60 years being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including in intensive care units. This is a reminder that serious illness can occur at any age and evidence indicates that variants of concern can be associated with more severe illness and increased risk of death.

The health unit is currently holding vaccination clinics for all individuals who are eligible in Phase 1 and certain groups that are currently eligible in Phase 2. The PHU currently has appointments available for Timmins, South Porcupine, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Iroquois Falls, Matheson, Cochrane, Smooth Rock Falls and Moosonee. Visit www.phu.fyi/covid-vaccine for information or to book your appointment.

Our COVID-19 information line is open today from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 705-360-4819 or the toll-free number, 1-800-461-1818. See phu.fyi/offices for local contact numbers.

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Issued: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit is releasing information about a potential low risk exposure to customers who used the online grocery service at the Walmart Supercentre in Timmins on the following dates:
Monday, April 5, 2021 to Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to Thursday, April 15, 2021

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Potential exposure at Wal-Mart FR EN Apr 22

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The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twelve new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 530-541

Additionally the PHU is advising of available appointments for the following. See the pdfs attached to see if you qualify for a vaccine.

Catch up clinics-FR
Catch up clinics
FIRST NATIONS MÉTIS INUIT VACCINE CLINIC POSTER V.1 CREE DOCUMENT

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Issued: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Issued: Thursday, April 15, 2021


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Issued: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Case 419-420

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Issued: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting three new additional COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area, for a total of six cases today. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
Bulletin Cases 416-418 + VOCs

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Issued: Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting three new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 405-407 + VOC

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Issued: Friday, April 9, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twelve new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 393-404

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Issued: Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. As a result of two of these new cases, the PHU is also declaring a workplace oubreak of COVID-19 at the Municipal Office of the Township of Black River-Matheson. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

Read the full bulletin here:
COVID Bulletin – Cases 386-392 + VOC + Outbreak Apr 8

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Issued: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

As well, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is advising that two confirmed cases previously reported in Timmins and the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls, have screened positive for a variant of concern. The individuals are currently in self-isolation and following the public health recommendations. It is expected that the variant is the predominant strain in Ontario which is the B.1.1.7 first detected in the United Kingdom. No further testing will be done as per ministry guidance.

All measures and precautions are currently in place, and vigilance with the public health measures remains critical for all.

Bulletin Case 374-376 EN FR Apr 5

COVID Bulletin – Cases 377-383 and VOC Apr 6

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TAKE NOTICE THAT the Town of Cochrane is working in partnership with the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) for the next phase of public vaccination clinics in Cochrane.

To facilitate mass public vaccination clinics the PHU has requested the use of the ice pad at the Tim Horton Event Centre (THEC). Staff are actively removing the ice so that vaccination clinics can be moved from the Pavilion to the THEC effective April 7, 2021.

The Town acknowledges the short notice and significant impact on ice users and thanks all affected organizations for their understanding and commitment to a healthy and protected Cochrane.

To read the official bulletin from the PHU see the attached pdf.
Bulletin Change in Venue in Cochrane EN FR Apr 1

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Issued: Thursday, April 1, 2021

With the surge in COVID-19 cases, including the increased predominance in cases of variants of concern across the province and in neighbouring health units, there is much uncertainty and cause for alarm. Whether you are awaiting COVID-19 vaccination or have received one or two doses of the vaccine, diligence in using all public health measures at all times remains crucial to not only protect yourself but also in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations who are at increased risk of severe illness, hospitalizations and death.

Read the full. bulletin and see the PHU vaccine plan attached

COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin 10 – approved CR 2021-04-06_V2
COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin 10 FR – approved CR 2021-04-09

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For Immediate Release — Thursday, April 1, 2021

Timmins, Ontario — Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), states “With the recent surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases locally, we are seeing an increase in the number of close contacts and links to private social gatherings. We are very concerned about this trend, especially since variants of concern (VOC) are present in our region,” adds Dr. Catton. There is now confirmed spread from private social gatherings with a total of four cases linked so far to one event and the presence of a positive VOC screen is confirmed.

The Government of Ontario’s announcement today of a provincewide shutdown starting Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m will help the PHU prevent further spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Although this does not start until Saturday morning it is critical to limit close contact immediately – please do not gather inside with those you do not live with.

To read the full bulletin from the PHU or to read the notice in French see the attached pdfs.
Media Release – Increase in cases EN Apr 1
Media Release – Increase in cases FR Apr 1

March, 2021

Issued: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting a total of nine new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

With one of these cases, the PHU is also declaring a COVID-19 outbreak at the Extendicare Long-Term Care Home in Timmins, The one case is the only positive result received at the home at this time. The PHU is working closely with Extendicare to ensure
the infection prevention and control measures are in place. The management team at Extendicare is taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

To read the full notices, or to read the notices in French, see the attached pdf.

COVID Bulletin – Cases 353-356 and Extendicare Outbreak

COVID Bulletin – Cases 357-361

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Issued: Monday, March 29, 2021

As we approach the Easter holiday and spring break, the northern Medical Officers of Health are asking all community members in northern Ontario to work together to prevent another surge in COVID-19.

In many parts of northern Ontario, COVID-19 infection rates have been at some of the highest levels since the pandemic began. COVID-19 activity is rising again across the province, and the rapid spread of variants of concern (VOCs) is causing aggressive outbreaks, and in some cases, more severe illness, even in younger people.

We know that everyone has made tremendous sacrifices for over a year. And there is ongoing hope, as more vaccine becomes available, week by week. At this very moment in time, however, the vast majority of our community members are not yet immunized. This means risky activities like gatherings and travel must still be avoided by all.

To read the full notice or to read the notice in french, see the pdfs below.

Media Release – Spring Break Stop the Surge-FR

Media Release – Spring Break Stop the Surge

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Issued: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that some upcoming clinics within the health unit region are available for booking for eligible residents. Eligible individuals include:
• Staff and essential caregivers of long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care;
• Highest, Very High and High Priority Health care workers (https://bit.ly/3cc6wQE);
• Adult chronic home care recipients;
• Adults 80 years and older;
• First Nation people, Métis and Inuit who are 18 years or older

To read the full bulletin and see a list of clinic dates or to read the bulletin in French see the attached pdf.

Bulletin Multiple COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic EN FR Mar 24 Final

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Issued: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is advising that a confirmed case, who resides outside the health unit region, has screened positive for a variant of concern. The individual is currently in self-isolation in our area and following the public health recommendations. It is expected that the variant is the predominant strain in Ontario which is the B.1.1.7 first detected in the United Kingdom. No further testing will be done as per ministry guidance. All measures and precautions are currently in place, and vigilance with the public health measures remains critical for all.

To read the full bulletin or to read the bulletin in French see the attached pdf.

Bulletin – Potential Exposure to VOC on Flight EN FR Mar 23

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Issued: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Because there are still appointments available, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that some upcoming clinics within the health unit region are available for booking for eligible residents. Eligible individuals include:

• Staff and essential caregivers of long term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care;
• Highest, Very High and High Priority Health care workers
• Adult chronic home care recipients;
• Adults 80 years and older;
• First Nation people, Métis and Inuit who are 18 years or older

To read the full bulletin or to read the bulletin in French see the PDF link below.

Bulletin Multiple COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic EN FR Mar 23 Final

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Issued March 19th, 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.

Extended Dose Key Messages 2021-03-19 FINAL EN AODA

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For Immediate Release — Friday, March 19, 2021 – PHU to move to “YELLOW – PROTECT”

Timmins, Ontario —Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is confirming that, beginning Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:01 am, the Government of Ontario is placing the Porcupine Health Unit area in the “Yellow – Protect” category of the COVID-19 Response Framework.

To read the Full Notice or to read the notice in French, see the full documents attached below.

Media Release – Yellow Protect March
Media Release – Yellow Protect – FR

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Issued March 18th, 2021

Risk Level to Canadians:
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians: aged 65 and over, individuals with weakened immune systems, and individuals with underlying medical conditions.  There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad.  Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.  This includes cruise ships.

Status of Cases in our District:
A list of confirmed positive cases in the Porcupine Health Unit district and their current status are available on the PHU COVID-19 page.

Testing Status:
Due to the volume of testing across the province, current turnaround time is 4 – 6 business days from when the specimen is received by the laboratory.

Status of Cases in Ontario:
The Ministry of Health updates their website every weekday at 10:30 am and 5:30 p.m. EST with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario.

When to Call the Health Unit:
If you develop a fever, cough, and/or have difficulty breathing AND within 14 days have traveled to an impacted area OR, had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, OR close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area – isolate yourself from others immediately and call the Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19
Info Line at 1-800-461-1818 extension 2919.
• Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
• Callers can leave messages and PHU staff will call back within 24 hours.
• At times, call volumes are high, and your patience is appreciated.

Self-assessment tool:
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment tool can help you determine if you need to seek further care.

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Issued: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is releasing information related to a confirmed case of COVID-19 from out of the PHU region.

Through the investigation, we have learned that there may have been a potential risk exposure to the public related to the following travel:

Monday, March 15, 2021 – Air Canada, flight AC0144, scheduled departure at 12:15 p.m. from Calgary to Toronto, especially those seated in rows 14 to 18.
The passengers in these rows must self-isolate immediately and call their local public health unit.
Monday, March 15, 2021 – Air Canada, flight AC8289, scheduled departure at 6:55 p.m. from Toronto to Timmins, especially those seated in rows 8 to 12.
The passengers in these rows must self-isolate immediately and call their local public health unit.

Other travellers are directed to self-monitor. If you are experiencing symptoms, self-isolate at home and call the Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 or your local public health unit.

To read the full bulletin or read the bulletin in French see the attached pdfs

Bulletin Potential Public Exposure Related to Travel EN Mar 17
BULLETIN Exposition possible à la COVID-19 liée au voyage

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Issued – Friday March 12th, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), in collaboration with Indigenous leaders and Indigenous-led organizations, are pleased to announce COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics across the region for First Nations people, Métis and Inuit who are 55 years of age (born in 1966 or earlier).

Appointments are required. Walk- ins will not be accepted. Individuals who are eligible can book an appointment online at phu.fyi/covid-vaccine or call the health unit at 1-800-461-1818.

For Full details see the attached notice.
Bulletin Multiple COVID-19 Vaccine Ind 55 and older EN FR Mar 14 (gs) (002)

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Issued – Friday, March 12th, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is excited to announce six upcoming COVID19 Vaccine Clinics throughout the region for individuals who were born in 1941 or earlier. The booking of appointments will be staggered to provide advance notice to eligible individuals, so they have a fair chance of getting an appointment.

Appointments are required. Walk ins will not be accepted. Individuals who are 80 years of age and older (born in 1941 or before), can book an appointment online at phu.fyi/covid-vaccine or call the health unit at 1-800-461-1818.

Caregivers for individuals over the age of 80 years of age can help book online or contact the health unit on behalf of the individual who qualifies. At this time, caregivers who don’t meet the age requirements are not eligible to the COVID19 vaccine.

For Full details see the attached notice.

Bulletin Multiple COVID Vaccine Clinics Over 80 EN FR Mar 12

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Issued — Tuesday, March 2, 2021

COVID-19 immunization clinics in the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) region are underway. Following Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation plan, Ontario’s Ethical Framework for Vaccine Distribution and working with the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Task Force, the PHU is ensuring ethical and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the PHU region.

To read the full immunization schedule and get more information see the pdfs below available in English and French.

Media Release – Immunization Underway in PHU Area
Media Release – Immunization Underway in PHU Area – FR

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at Pepco in Hearst. To date, four employees of Pepco are confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the investigation has determined that the cases are related to the workplace. The cases are currently in self-isolation.

The PHU is working closely with the workplace to ensure the infection prevention and control measures are in place. The management team at Pepco is taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

To read the full bulletin or to read the bulletin in french, see the pdf attached.

Bulletin Outbreak at Pepco – Mar 2

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Issued: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting two new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested.

To read the full bulletin or to read the bulletin in french, see the pdf attached.

COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 340-341

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February, 2021 

Please note the following updates from the Porcupine Health Unit regarding new COVID-19 Cases in our region.

An outbreak has been declared at Villa Minto Long Term Care Home in accordance with the provincial guidelines which deems that one case in a long term care home is an outbreak.

We hope our residences continue to stay safe and healthy during these times.

COVID-19 Bulletin – Cases 311-314
Bulletin Outbreak at Villa Minto – Feb 19

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January, 2021

The following information is curtesy of the Porcupine Health Unit.

For more information about cases in our area visit their website phu.fyi/coronavirus 

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April 10, 2020 — The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting 3 new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area.

The current number of confirmed positive cases is now 37. Please see www.phu.fyi/coronavirus for details.

Community transmission of COVID-19 is happening in our area.

•    Everyone but essential workers need to stay home.

•    Only go out if absolutely necessary to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment.

•    Stay home if you are not feeling well.

French Version

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March 26, 2020  —Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting that a female in her 50’s the sixth positive case of COVID-19 in the PHU area and first
outside of Timmins. Dr. Catton said, “We believe the case is linked to both international travel and contact with other another case we were investigating. The COVID-19 Operations Team at the PHU is continuing
to follow-up.”

The PHU conducts case and contact management with all cases to help identify anyone who may be a close contact. If you are considered a close contact of any COVID-19 case, Dr. Catton says you will be called by PHU staff and provided with follow-up and direction. The health unit will also share information with the public if there is potential exposure of community members that requires any follow-up, as appropriate. However, confidentiality and privacy remain a priority.

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