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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Number of Cases 3,815
  • Active Cases 906
  • Recovered 2,876
  • Deaths 33
  • Cases Outside District 1
  • Total Tests Completed 145,938
  • Vaccine doses administered 166, 086
  • People vaccinated 70,106
  • Variants of Concern 1,515

Updated: Monday, January 17, 2022 Next update: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

For additional epidemiological information, see the weekly Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Epidemiology Update.

The table above is pulled from the active Case and Contact Management system and is current as of the morning of day last updated. Like with other active sources of information, there may be some fluctuation in numbers from day to day as a result of case investigation and follow-up. 

The number of Variants of Concern (VOCs) is updated weekly on Wednesdays. Please note that the predominant VOC in our area is B.1.1.7 and the number of cases with a VOC is likely under reported due to testing criteria.

Vaccination Clinic Update

Clinic bookings are now available for first doses and second doses of the vaccine to all individuals born in 2016 or earlier. Youth who are under 18 years of age at the time of vaccination need to book their appointment in a COVID-19 Pfizer clinic. Please use the button below or call 705-360-4819.As of September 29, 2021, there is a preferential recommendation of the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals aged 18-24 years old.  visit our Vaccine Page.

Update for Monday, January 17, 2022

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting one (1) death related to COVID-19 in the PHU region. Out of respect for the families, no further information will be shared. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends during this difficult time.

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases, six (6) among residents in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls & Smooth Rock Falls area, three (3) in the James and Hudson Bay area, three (3) in the Hearst & Hornepayne area, one (1) in the Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam & Fauquier-Strickland area, and seven (7) in the Timmins area. PHU is also reporting seventy-two (72) resolved cases among residents in the health unit area. Visit for more information about confirmed cases in the PHU region. 

Due to changes in the availability of testing, driven by increasing COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant, case counts in our current data reports are an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID-19 in Ontario. As such, data should be interpreted with caution.

From data pulled in our latest epidemiology report, ages 20 to 39 years old were 37.7% of our confirmed cases. Followed by ages 19 and under which were 28.8% of our confirmed cases in our district. These are also the age ranges with the lowest percentage of people with two doses of a COVID-19 ( Coincidence? We think not! Vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19, especially after receiving a booster dose. Individuals who are eligible can book an appointment to receive their first, second or booster shot at 

Recent Bulletins

  1.  Monday, January 17, 2022 — The Ministry of Health is now recommending people 18 years of age and older with weakened immune system receive a fourth/booster dose.
  2.  Sunday, January 16, 2022 — Potential high risk exposure to COVID-19 related to travel Thursday, January 13, 2022
  3.  Sunday, January 16, 2022 — Potential high risk exposure to COVID-19 related to travel Thursday, January 13, 2022
  4.  Saturday, January 15, 2022 — COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at Anson General Hospital
  5.  Thursday, January 13, 2022 — The Porcupine Health Unit is advising the public of a new potential public exposure to COVID-19 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Christ the King in Moosonee
  6.  Wednesday, January 12, 2022 — COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at Living Space
  7.  Saturday, January 8, 2022 — Potential high risk exposure to COVID-19 related to travel Monday, January 3 , 2022

All recent media releases are available on our Media page.

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