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  1. Three Additional Sharps Disposals Kiosks to be Installed
    Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Increasing concerns about the number of sharps being found in the community has once again prompted the City of Timmins and the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) to work together to acquire additional sharps disposal units and determine the most suitable locations for their installation.
  2. Keeping Schools Safe From COVID-19
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is offering guidance and clarification on the steps that need to be taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for students and school staff.
  3. Positive cases at Glencore – Kidd Operations
    Timmins, Ontario - Thursday, September 17, 2020. Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), out of an abundance of caution, and in line with Ministry guidance, is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at Glencore’s Kidd Operations Mine Site.
  4. COVID-19 Data Collections Changes
    Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The Porcupine Health Unit will be collecting additional information from anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  5. Cochrane District Continues to See Increases in Overdoses
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, September 9, 2020. After a Labour Day weekend that saw an unnaturally high number of overdoses, the Timmins and Area Drug Strategy (TADS) wishes to remind the public, people who use substances, and their friends and family, that powerful opioids and other toxic substances continue to be circulating in the area.
  6. Porcupine Health Unit launches French Language Facebook page
    Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Today, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) announced the launch of a Facebook page dedicated to serving the francophone population of the area.
  7. Directors of Education and Medical Officers of Health from across Northern Ontario stand united to deliver on COVID-safe schools
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, September 2, 2020. On March 13, 2020, schools across Ontario closed their doors without us knowing when they would reopen. Almost six months later, school doors are beginning to re-open to welcome students back for the 2020-2021 school year.
  8. Newest Downtown Timmins Mural gives Recognition to International Overdose Awareness Day
    Timmins, Ontario - Monday, August 31, 2020. Today, in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Porcupine Health Unit, supported by the Timmins and Area Drug Strategy, unveiled a new mural in downtown Timmins.
  9. Supporting Stage 3: Mandatory Masks and Face Coverings
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The Porcupine Health Unit welcomes the move into Stage 3 in the Ontario government’s COVID-19 reopening plan.
  10. Cochrane Districts experiencing continued Increases in Overdoses
    Timmins, Ontario — Friday, June 26, 2020. The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force continues to see increased rates of suspected opioid overdose within the Cochrane District and 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
  11. Successful reopening across Porcupine Health Unit Communities is a shared responsibility
    Timmins, Ontario - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - — Dr. Lianne Catton, the Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, said today, that the opening of more businesses and public spaces in the PHU area, announced earlier this week, is good news for residents and local businesses.
  12. INCREASE IN SUSPECTED OPIOID OVERDOSES
    Timmins, Ontario - Thursday, April 30, 2020: The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force has issued a public safety alert. Through information received from emergency services, an increase in suspected opioid overdoses has been identified in Timmins an.d the surrounding area.
  13. Fourth Confirmed Death from COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Dr . Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting of the fourth death attributed to COVID-19. This individual, a male in his eighties, was identified during the outbreak investigation at Timmins and District Hospital, tested positive on April 22, 2020, and was admitted to hospital. “We would like to extend our most sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones."
  14. The Porcupine Health Unit Declares a COVID-19 Outbreak at Timmins and District Hospital
    Timmins, Ontario — Sunday, April 19, 2020: The Porcupine Health Unit, together with the Timmins and District Hospital, has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at TADH after one patient tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, states, “We’re declaring this COVID–19 outbreak at TADH as per the Ministry of Health guidelines.”
  15. Increase in COVID-19 Testing in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Sunday, April 12, 2020: Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is announcing that there will be an increase in the number of tests conducted for the COVID-19 virus, as part of a targeted Northern Ontario surveillance opportunity.
  16. Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed at Spruce Hill Lodge
    Timmins, Ontario - Saturday, April 11, 2020: Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, confirmed that a resident at Spruce Hill Lodge has tested positive for COVID–19. Dr. Catton said, “At this point in time, the investigation is ongoing, however there is no known link to travel or any other cases. The resident is in self-isolation at the residence.”
  17. Second confirmed death from COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Friday, April 3, 2020 - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit is announcing “the tragic loss of another life related to COVID-19. Having to share the death of anyone related to COVID-19 is terrible, and to do this twice in one day is incredibly sad.”
  18. First confirmed death from COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Friday, April 3, 2020 - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit today stated that, “It is my unfortunate duty to report that we've had our first death from COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit region.”
  19. Now 10 Cases of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Cochrane, Ontario - Friday, March 27, 2020 - Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting three more cases, for a total of 10 cases, of COVID-19 in the PHU area. She indicated that "We believe the cases are linked to international travel or contact with another case we are investigating."
  20. Seventh Case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Friday, March 27, 2020 - Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting that a male in his thirties is the seventh positive case of COVID-19 in the PHU area.
  21. Sixth Case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Cochrane, Ontario: Wednesday, March 25, 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.
  22. Fifth Case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 — Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting that a female in her forties is the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) region. Dr. Catton said, “We believe the case is linked to international travel, but have no concerns about an exposure of others on the international and domestic flights.”
  23. Fourth Case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Monday, March 23, 2020 — Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, is reporting that a man in his 70s is the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) region. The case is travel-related and not related to other local cases.
  24. Second and Third Cases of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario - Monday, March 23, 2020 - Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), reported the PHU is investigating the second and third cases of COVID-19 in the area.
  25. Porcupine Health Unit releases further information regarding first COVID-19 Case
    Timmins, Ontario - Friday, March 20, 2020: This afternoon, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit released more information about the health unit’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
  26. Fight the Flu!
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit reminds you that it’s time to get your flu shot.
  27. Health Fair for Older Adults
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit, along with several partners, is hosting a local health fair featuring a variety of booths and speakers.
  28. Car Seat Safety Blitz Helps Keep - Child Passengers Safe on Every Ride
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit is hosting a drop-in “Car Seat Safety Blitz” on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board Ambulance Bay, 500 Algonquin Blvd East, Timmins.
  29. International Overdose Awareness Day
    Timmins, Ontario - Every year on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized globally as a day to take a moment of silence to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose.
  30. Northern Ontario Public Health Units to Work Together on Climate Change Reports
    Timmins, Ontario — The seven public health units in northern Ontario will be working together on climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation reports over the next two years with funding support from Health Canada.
  31. Changes to the Rabies Vaccination Requirement for Pets and Livestock
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is asking pet owners to ensure their pet’s rabies vaccinations are up-to-date. As of July 1, 2018, rabies vaccination has become mandatory in the Province of Ontario under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
  32. Suspected Opioid Related Overdoses Highlight the Need for Increased Awareness
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is issuing a public safety alert. Through the Opioid Surveillance and Early Warning System an increase in suspected opioid overdoses has been identified in Timmins.
  33. Car Seat Safety Blitz Helps Keep Child Passengers Safe on Every Ride
    Iroquois Falls, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit is hosting a drop-in “Car Seat Safety Blitz” on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Iroquois Falls Fire Hall, 184 Devonshire Avenue.
  34. Home Canning Workshop
    Kapuskasing, Ontario - The popular local gardening workshops will resume this Fall.
  35. Testing Confirms Fentanyl in other Street Drugs
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit and Timmins Police Service are issuing an alert. The potentially lethal opioid Fentanyl is showing up in other drugs, specifically Heroin.
  36. Goat Please!
    Hearst, Ontario — The popular local Hearst Gardening Series continues on Monday, March 26, with “Goat Please!”
  37. Smoke-Free Ontario Act - How the Act Affects: Employers and Employees
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit is reminding employers and employees that it is illegal to smoke or hold lighted tobacco in the workplace, this includes work vehicles.