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  1. Online Booking Available for Clinical Services
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, July 9, 2024. Appointment bookings for immunization and sexual health services at the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) in Timmins are now available online. Clients can book appointments at their convenience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using the new online booking system on the PHU website.
  2. Health Unit and Partners reporting Opioid Toxicity Events in Several Communities in the Porcupine Health Unit Region
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The Porcupine Health Unit, along with community partners on the Opioid Emergency Response Task Force, are mobilizing a Red Alert due to concerning increases in suspected opioid-related toxicity events, affecting multiple communities in the Porcupine Health Unit’s geographical area.
  3. Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) Enforcement
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, April 8, 2024 - The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is dedicated to supporting a safe school environment by enforcing the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) for the 2023-2024 school year. The enforcement of this legislation was temporarily paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per ISPA, R.S.O.1990, it is mandatory for all Ontario students to be up-to-date with their vaccinations or have a valid exemption on file to attend in-person classes.
  4. World TB Day 2024
    Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, March 21, 2024. World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed every year on March 24, one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization. Communities around the world shines a light on TB on March 24 by lighting up landmarks in red. This year, the Porcupine Health Unit is joining Stop TB Canada and the global movement to recognize World TB Day by lighting up the Timmins landmark signs in red.
  5. Tainted Substances Circulating in PHU Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, March 18, 2024. The Porcupine Health Unit along with key partners of the Opioid Emergency Task Force are advising ALL people who use substances, even if only recreationally, that tainted substances are circulating causing opioid poisonings (overdoses).
  6. Slap Shot Against Concussions – The Rock Champions the PHU’s “Heads Up!” Campaign
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, January 29, 2024. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is teaming up with the Timmins Rock Junior A hockey team for a special event on Family Day. They will launch the “Heads Up!” campaign at their home game against the Hearst Lumberjacks on Monday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m., at the McIntyre Arena.
  7. Protect Yourself and Others this Respiratory Illness Season
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, December 5, 2023. Respiratory illness season is upon us. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting that influenza is circulating in the region along with COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
  8. French Language Services Survey Made Available to the Public
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, November 29, 2023. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is committed to offering fair and safe health care to French-speaking clients. As part of this work, we are launching a short survey on the service experiences of French-speaking clients.
  9. Increase in Suspected Opioid Overdoses
    Timmins, Ontario — Friday, October 20, 2023. On behalf of the Opioid Emergency Response Task Force, the Porcupine Health Unit is issuing an alert as a result of a sudden increase in reported suspected opioid-related overdoses in Timmins and the surrounding area.
  10. Drop-In Clinic and Red Winterwear highlights of World AIDS Day in Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, November 27, 2023. Every year, communities around the world recognize the first day of December 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.
  11. Online Reporting of Respiratory Illnesses Made Easier
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, October 4, 2023. Starting this week, the Porcupine Health Unit is changing the way it reports local COVID-19 and influenza activity.
  12. Porcupine and Timiskaming Health Units Moving Towards a Voluntary Merger
    Timmins, Ontario — Wednesday, August 30, 2023. The Boards of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) and for the Timiskaming Health Unit (THU) are taking steps towards a voluntary merger to strengthen public health in the communities they serve.
  13. PHU launches Planet Youth Timmins
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, August 14, 2023. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is set to launch a five-year pilot project in Timmins, becoming the first community in Northern Ontario to implement the Planet Youth Guidance Program.
  14. Protect yourself from wildfire smoke and extreme heat
    Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, June 22, 2023. With the ongoing Special Air Quality Statements and heat warnings being issued for our region due to smoke from wildfires and extreme heat, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.
  15. PHU Works with Community Partners to Promote Active School Travel
    Timmins, Ontario — Monday, May 15, 2023. Since 2021, the Porcupine Health Unit has been working with schools in the region to promote and improve the safety, sustainability, and efficiency of walking and wheeling to/from school through the Active School Travel initiative.
  16. Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Affect Mental Health
    Timmins, Ontario - Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Results of the two mental health surveys conducted by the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) report that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect mental health.
  17. Additional Opioid Related Deaths During Current Red Alert
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Additional suspected opioid-related overdose deaths have occurred in the last several days.
  18. March is Nutrition Month! Unlock the Potential of Food.
    Timmins, Ontario — Tuesday, March 7th 2023.Throughout the month of March, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) Registered Dietitians (RDs) will be celebrating Nutrition Month.
  19. Increase in Number and Severity of Opioid Overdoses in Timmins and Area
    Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, March 2, 2023. The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force is issuing an alert due to an increased risk with the circulating opioid supply across Cochrane District.