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  1. World AIDS Day
    Timmins, Ontario — Every year, communities around the world recognize December 1 as World AIDS Day. This year, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) encourages people to learn more, get tested, take measures to reduce the risk, and show support.
  2. Alert Issued - Increase in Opioid overdoses in Timmins and Area
    Timmins, Ontario — The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force is issuing an alert due to a recent increase in suspected drug-related EMS calls and deaths in Timmins and the surrounding area.
  3. Community is moving forward with applications for a permanent supervised consumption services site
    Timmins, Ontario — Surveys of residents show most respondents support a supervised consumption services site (SCS) in Timmins.
  4. First Confirmed Influenza Case in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario — The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting the first case of influenza A in the Cochrane District.
  5. Residents Reminded to Avoid Contact with Bats
    Residents Reminded to Avoid Contact with Bats.
  6. Porcupine Health Unit Updates Community on Transfer of Speech and Language Program and Infant Hearing Program
    Timmins, Ontario — Friday, September 16, 2022. Over the past several weeks, the PHU and the CT CTC have been working collaboratively to align plans and ensure a smooth transition of services. Both agencies are committed to ensuring little interruption in service delivery and that families and children accessing the services are not disrupted by the change in service provider.
  7. Alert Issued - Increase in Opioid Overdoses in Timmins and Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force is issuing an alert as a result of a recent increase in drug-related EMS calls in Timmins and the surrounding area. The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force wishes to remind the public, people who use, and their friends and family that powerful opioids and other toxic substances continue to be circulating in the area.
  8. The Porcupine Health Unit to discontinue the Preschool Speech and Language and Infant Hearing Programs
    To focus on the Ontario Public Health Standards to which health units are accountable, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) will no longer be delivering the Preschool Speech and Language (PSL) Program and the Infant Hearing Program (IHP) as of September 30, 2022.
  9. Public Survey: Permanent overdose prevention site
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, May 3, 2022. The Timmins and Area Drug Strategy (TADS) is asking community members to complete a survey that is part of a research project by Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) residents looking at the need for and the feasibility of an overdose prevention site in Timmins.
  10. Increase in suspected opioid overdoses
    Increase in suspected opioid overdoses.
  11. First Confirmed Influenza Case in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    First Confirmed Influenza Case in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
  12. COVID-19: Continued Vigilance Recommended as the Porcupine Health Unit Lifts Additional Restrictions to Align with the Province
    Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), announced that beginning today, all Letters of Instructions and Section 22 Class Orders issued by the PHU have been rescinded.
  13. Increase in suspected opioid overdoses
    Timmins, Ontario - Friday, December 31, 2021. On behalf of the Opioid Emergency Response Task Force, the Porcupine Health Unit is issuing a public safety alert.
  14. PHU flagging first signal of Omicron in the Region
    Timmins, Ontario - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the PHU, announced, “The PHU was notified by the Public Health Ontario Laboratory that several positive cases in the PHU Region have screened positive for the B.1.1.529 Omicron COVID-19 variant."
  15. Red Scarves Mark World AIDS Day
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Every year, communities around the world recognize December 1 as World AIDS Day. HIV remains a provincial concern among people who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM), and people with multiple sexual partners.
  16. COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Youth Aged 5-11 Years of Age
    Timmins, Ontario - The Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 has been approved by Health Canada for children aged 5 to 11 years old.
  17. COVID-19: Porcupine Health Unit Pleased to Announce 90% First Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Rate
    Timmins, Ontario - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), announced “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of all community members, I am pleased to announce that the Porcupine Health Unit region has reached the incredible milestone of 90% of all residents aged 12+ vaccinated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.”
  18. COVID-19: It’s Time for Your Flu Shot, Porcupine!
    Timmins, Ontario - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is encouraging all eligible PHU residents to get this year’s flu shot.
  19. Public Health Officials across Northern Ontario increase COVID-19 protection for all users of indoor sporting facilities
    Northern Ontario - Northern Ontario Medical Officers of Health continue to put the health and safety of residents first. Effective October 14, operators of facilities in Northern Ontario where indoor sports are played or practiced will ensure additional groups provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
  20. “Vaccine Playoffs” End with 100% Vaccination Rate
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Hockey season for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) begins this week and they are getting back on the ice with the added protection of the COVID-19 vaccine. The league has been working with participating northern health units to help promote vaccine uptake and to ultimately help protect our communities against COVID-19.
  21. Confirmed Case of Rabies in a Bat in the Porcupine Health Unit jurisdiction
    Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, September 9, 2021. The Porcupine Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of rabies in a bat from the Timmins area.
  22. Porcupine Health Unit Communities Part of Provincial Surveillance Initiative to Monitor COVID-19 Trends Using Data from Wastewater
    Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, September 9, 2021. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is advising that local communities have joined a provincial program to monitor local COVID-19 levels. A wastewater surveillance program, which tests sewage for the presence of COVID-19, has begun in Timmins, Kapuskasing, and Moosonee.
  23. Neighbourhood Mobile Vaccine Blitz in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, September 8, 2021. While most of the residents in the PHU region have been vaccinated, we continue to find more ways to reach those who are not vaccinated. For some, getting to one of our many vaccine clinics may be difficult, which is why we are bringing vaccinations right to your doorstep!
  24. International Overdose Awareness Day
    Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Every year on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized globally as a day to remember those who have died from overdose and to acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.
  25. Porcupine Health Unit Region Moves into Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen
    Timmins, Ontario — Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), announced “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our community members in following public health measures and rolling up sleeves for vaccinations, our third wave is over. While we are all pleased to be entering Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen today, this work is not done.