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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.”
  10. 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."
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.”
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. First confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Porcupine Health Unit Area
    Timmins, Ontario —Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the PHU region.
  18. Community COVID-19 Assessment Centres
    Timmins, Ontario - There has been tremendous dedication of many community partners in response to the COVID-19 situation. The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) has collaborated with the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Timmins Academic Family Health Team (TAFHT), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the City of Timmins to establish a COVID-19 Assessment Centre to ensure access to those who require assessment for COVID-19.
  19. Porcupine Health Unit Working to Prepare for COVID-19
    Timmins, Ontario - Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) confirmed today that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the PHU area, although testing has been taking place.
  20. Joint Media Release on COVID-19 from PHU and TDH
    Timmins, Ontario - Although there are currently no active cases of COVID–19 in Timmins and the surrounding area, the staff of Timmins & District Hospital (TDH), in conjunction with the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), are making sure they’re ready should they see local cases.
  21. Health Unit Working with Partners to Prepare for COVID-19
    Timmins, Ontario - With the increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) would like to ensure that residents are aware of the steps we can all take to reduce the spread of infection.
  22. Suspected Opioid Related Overdoses - Possible Risk of Benzodiazepines in Substances
    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.
  23. Winter Walking Forum for Older Adults
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), along with community partners, is hosting a local “Winter Walking Forum”.
  24. The Porcupine Health Unit reports the first case of influenza A in the area.
    Timmins, Ontario — The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting the first case of influenza A for this flu season in the PHU area.
  25. Fight the Flu!
    Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit reminds you that it’s time to get your flu shot.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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).
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Home Canning Workshop
    Kapuskasing, Ontario - The popular local gardening workshops will resume this Fall.
  34. 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.
  35. Goat Please!
    Hearst, Ontario — The popular local Hearst Gardening Series continues on Monday, March 26, with “Goat Please!”
  36. 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.