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COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at a School in the Porcupine Health Unit Area

Issued: Thursday, November 11, 2021

COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at a School in the Porcupine Health Unit Area

Timmins, Ontario — Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is sharing that a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at École publique Lionel-Gauthier in Timmins. The PHU is working closely with the school and the Conseil scolaire public de Nord-Est de l’Ontario to ensure ongoing measures are maintained to protect students and staff.

Affected cohorts have been given guidance for monitoring, isolation and testing as appropriate. The health unit will continue to provide infection prevention and control assessment at the school to support the implementation of enhanced public health measures. “At this time, the school remains open as there is no evidence of potential widespread transmission,” confirms Catton. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide further recommendations as appropriate.”

The PHU reminds all parents, students and staff in schools to complete daily symptom screening and testing when ill.  Use the COVID-19 School and Childcare Screening Tool every morning to check for symptoms, regardless of vaccination status and remember, the sniffles, fever or cough may not just be a cold or the flu: COVID-19 school screening (

We all play a role in keeping kids in school. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community directly supports reducing the risk in schools. Continue to follow public health measures

  • get your COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible;
  • wear your mask properly;
  • wash your hands well; and
  • stay home and get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild.


Additional COVID-19 information can be found on the Porcupine Health Unit’s website.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians

from COVID-19.

The Porcupine Health Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario, serving the entire Cochrane

District and Hornepayne, in Algoma District. The main office is located in Timmins, Ontario,

with branch offices in Cochrane, Hearst, Hornepayne, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Matheson,

Moosonee and Smooth Rock Falls.


For further information, please contact:

Gary Schelling

Communications Specialist

Porcupine Health Unit

705- 267-1181 ext. 2413