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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. Vaccination rates are good, however, with delta variants present, patterns from other jurisdictions, and the targets set by the province to move out of step 3 - the rates for both first and second doses needs to increase across the PHU.”

Step 3 of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger gatherings and restrictions in place. Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements continue throughout Step Three.

For more information about Step 3 rules, visit Reopening Ontario |

According to the Ontario Government, the province will stay in Step 3

for at least 21 days and until:

  • 80% of Ontarians aged 12 years and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine AND
  • 75% are fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine AND
  • 70% of every health unit’s population is fully vaccinated with two doses.

Dr. Catton added, “As of July 11, 2021, approximately 59% of PHU residents 12 years and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. We have had great success so far, but we still have a long way to go to reach that minimum goal.  Now is the time to get vaccinated and encourage others to get vaccinated as soon as possible.” 

Benefits of full vaccination include:

  • Decreased risk of getting COVID-19
  • Decreased risk of hospitalization, severe illness and death due to COVID-19
  • International travel without requirements to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Canada
  • Testing not needed to work or visit a long-term care home if asymptomatic
  • Protection of individuals and our communities

Information about vaccines and upcoming clinics can be found on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Vaccine page.


Additional COVID-19 information can be found on the Porcupine Health Unit’s website.


Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians

from COVID-19.

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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.

For further information, please contact:

Gary Schelling

Communications Specialist

Porcupine Health Unit

705-267-1181, ext. 2314