On Monday, January 3, 2022, in response to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Ontario government is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. See the full announcement on the Ontario.ca website.
Due to a provincial vaccine supply issue, MODERNA is the ONLY vaccine available to adults aged 30 years and older.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some services at the Porcupine Health Unit are being scaled back to allow us to commit more resources to the response plan, and to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
The Porcupine Health Unit is currently employing their business continuity plan. Most in-person events, classes, home visits and community meetings are being cancelled, postponed or provided online until further notice. Please visit our COVID-19: Programs and Services page or call 1-800-461-1818 if you have any concerns or need further clarification.
The Kapuskasing branch of the Porcupine Health Unit is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
We have regularly scheduled clinics available by appointment for immunization, travel vaccines, sexual health, and dental services.
For after hours emergency inspection service, please call our toll free number, 1-800-461-1818, where someone can be reached 24 hours a day.
Timmins, Ontario — Thursday, August 5, 2021. Full Vaccination is Key to Preventing Spread and Avoiding a Fourth Wave with the Delta Variant in Porcupine Health Unit Region.
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.
Timmins, Ontario - Friday, October 30, 2020. Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit is updating the public about the increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our area. “The Porcupine Health Unit is concerned about an increased risk of community exposure in the town of Hearst,” says Dr. Catton.
At any age, vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease. Childhood immunization does not provide lifelong immunity against some diseases such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria.
Emergencies can happen at any time and occur anywhere, sometimes without much warning. When an emergency happens, it can threaten the environment, property, the economy, critical infrastructure, as well as the health and safety of the public. An emergency can also affect a person's ability to access basic needs, such as food, shelter, and health care services.
Everyone who handles food must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone's responsibility. The most effective method for preventing food-borne illnesses is food handler education.
Bed bugs are small insects (about the size of an apple seed) with oval-shaped bodies and no wings. They usually come out and bite at night. It is possible for anyone, anywhere to experience a bed bug infestation, but they can be prevented and controlled.
Many businesses display the International Breastfeeding Friendly Place Logo to encourage your family to feel supported while nursing your baby, but also to demonstrate that you are welcome to breastfeed whenever and wherever.