Issued: Saturday, September 19, 2020
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting a new COVID-19 case among residents in the health unit area.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and seek testing through one of the 145 assessment centres across Ontario (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations/). You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free at 1-800-461-1818.
To reduce the risk of exposure, we ask that you continue to follow public health measures:
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting no new cases. At this time, the current number of confirmed positive cases is now 78, four of which remain active. Yesterday, the PHU declared an outbreak at Glencore’s Kidd Operations Mine Site. View the media release for details.
Children returning to school exposes them to others outside of their social circle and this can expose them to germs, which can include COVID-19. Because of this, parents may have questions about how to keep their social circles safe, especially if they have elderly loved ones, including grandparents, within their circle. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer for this situation. Parents and members of their social circle need to make their own decision based on whether or not they are comfortable with the infection control practices that are being implemented within the school setting and school bus. As well, parents should assess their confidence in their child’s ability to follow the preventative measures when outside the home. They should consider the following questions when deciding what is best for their social circle: Do I have vulnerable people in my social circle? Are members at higher risk because of their age? Are members at higher risk because of their medical conditions? Only you can make the best decision for yourself and your loved ones.
In order to keep COVID-19 out of schools, we need to work together to keep it out of our community altogether. Take steps to protect yourself and your children from COVID-19. Continue to wash your hands often, practice coughing and sneezing etiquette, maintain physical distancing, and wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is a challenge.
Our COVID-19 Information line is open today from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the toll-free number, 1-800-461-1818 or the PHU office in your community. See our office listings for local contact numbers.
This table was updated on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. It will be updated Monday to Friday by 10:30 a.m.
|Total Tests Completed (of which PHU is aware)*||21,088|
|Number of cases**||80|
* This number represents total tests and not persons tested.
** Number of confirmed cases to date, including resolved and deceased cases.
*** Number of recovered cases plus the number of deceased cases.
Confirmed cases in the Porcupine Health Unit area and their current status are listed on our COVID-19 Cases page.
For additional epidemiological information, see the weekly Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Epidemiology Update.
What to expect prior to and during a visit, as well as what programs and services are currently being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recommendations and guidelines for businesses to open and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Effective Thursday, July 23, 2020, in all communities in the Porcupine Health Unit area, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. The use of a face covering does not replace the need for other public health measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene, and staying home if unwell.
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is working with local school boards to support the implementation of the public health measures in accordance with the Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario.
Status of persons confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit district.
Information on social circles, hand hygiene, physical distancing, self-monitoring, self-isolation, and caring for someone who is ill.
Information on common summertime activities during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain safe.
Information for local and international travellers.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China. The first presumptive case of this virus in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.
Information and recommendations on purchasing and preparing food, food donations, and community resources to access food during COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health provides guidelines for testing of individuals for COVID-19. Testing is prioritized for groups who are at risk of more severe disease or those who live or work in settings that are higher risk. Testing for COVID-19 is based on a clinical assessment of each person.
Information on the COVID-19 Assessment Centres.
A number of downloadable information sheets and posters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.