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.”
The individual was assessed and tested at the Timmins COVID-19 Assessment Centre on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Staff took all necessary precautions for infection control, assessment, and testing. The individual followed the directions of public health and remains in self-isolation at home, with monitoring by the PHU. The PHU conducts a thorough case investigation to help identify anyone who may be a close contact. If you are considered a close contact of this or any case, you will receive a call from the PHU.
“Seeing a travel-related case in our community is an important reminder that it is critical for every individual who has travelled outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Catton.
Dr. Catton stresses that the evolving nature of COVID-19 requires our immediate attention. “We urge each and every community member to practice social distancing by keeping a minimum of 2 metres between themselves and others; stay home, and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Social distancing is key – we need to work together to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person. This is how we will protect our vulnerable community members.”
Dr. Catton says we need to act with the assumption that COVID-19 is circulating in our communities. “We’re all in this together. Each community member needs to follow preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
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.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
The Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line
COVID-19 Assessment Centre: Intrepid Place in Timmins
Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Symptoms of COVID-19
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