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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BULLETIN - New positive case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area

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 ( 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:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • stay home and isolate if you have any symptoms
  • practice 2 metres physical distancing
  • wear a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet cannot be maintained. 

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Daily COVID-19 Update for Friday, September 18, 2020

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
Resolved*** 74
Recovered 65
Deceased 9

* 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.

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