For additional epidemiological information, see the weekly Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Epidemiology Update.
The Porcupine Health Unit has now expanded their clinics to offer vaccines to Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home as part of the province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan - Phase 2. Vaccines are also available to individuals who are 40 years and older. To learn more about who is eligible in Phase 2, visit the Phase 2 priority groups page. For a list of available clinics in the health unit region or to book an appointment, visit our Vaccine Page.
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting thirteen new confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight resolved case among residents in the health unit area. Ten cases are from the Timmins area and three are from the area of area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls. Six cases are contacts of a case, six are under investigation and one is related to an institutional outbreak.
The Stay-at-Home Order is working and has reduced our average number of close contacts for each positive COVID-19 case. The health unit recorded a significant increase in the number of contacts throughout the month of March, reaching a peak of 35 contacts per case on March 14th. In the past week, from April 25 to May 1st, there were 5.0 total contacts/case and 3.7 high-risk contacts/case. We all must work together and continue to limit our number of close contacts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through our communities.
The health unit is currently holding vaccination clinics for all individuals who are eligible in Phase 1, individuals who are 40 years and older, the first and second groups of essential frontline workers (18 years or older) who cannot work from home, and certain groups that are currently eligible in Phase 2. The PHU currently has appointments available for Timmins, Hearst, Matheson, Smooth Rock Falls, Kapuskasing, South Porcupine, Iroquois Falls Cochrane, and Hornepayne. Visit our vaccine page for information or to book your appointment.
Our COVID-19 information line is open today from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 705-360-4819 or the toll-free number, 1-800-461-1818. See our PHU offices page for local contact numbers.
This week is Mental Health Week! Watch this short video and make your mental health a priority for yourself and your family.
Book your vaccination appointment here! Find information on the COVID-19 vaccines including their safety, frequently asked questions and pertinent resources.
To further protect our district from COVID-19, the Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit has issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. Effective February 26, 2021, the Order allows the Porcupine Health Unit to enforce self-isolation requirements for certain individuals.
Find information and answers to frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 variants of concern.
Local information on the number of tests completed, the status of confirmed COVID-19 cases, epidemiological summaries and privacy considerations when reporting.
Information on symptoms, assessment centres, being tested, how long to self-isolate and additional testing FAQs.
Find information on how the virus spreads, our public health measures like wearing a mask, hand hygiene and physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting.
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.
Recommendations and guidelines for businesses to open and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We have all experienced significant changes to our lifestyles and our daily routines. Find information on travel, mental and physical health, winter activities and emergency food access.
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.
A number of downloadable information sheets and posters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.