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Potential Public Exposure to COVID-19 Related to Travel

Issued: Friday, October 22, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit is releasing information related to a positive case of COVID-19.

Through the investigation, they have learned that there was an exposure to the public related to the following travel:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Air Canada, AC8285 from Toronto to Timmins departing from Toronto at 1:45 p.m.

Actions to take for potential exposure:

 Individuals seated in rows 11 to 15 are advised to follow public health guidance:

 If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • Immediately self-isolate 10 days from date of exposure and self-monitor for signs and symptoms*.
  • Book a COVID-19 test 7 days after the date of exposure.
  • Call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-360-4819 or 1-800-461-1818 or your local public health unit

If you are fully vaccinated (you have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to exposure dates noted above), and do not have an immunocompromising condition):

  • You are not required to self-isolate. Self-monitor for signs and symptoms* of COVID-19 for 10 days from potential exposure.
  • Book a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and a second test 7 days after the date of exposure. If needed, COVID-19 testing appointments can be arranged through the local assessment centres. Visit https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-feeling-sick-tested/covid-assessment-centres/

*Symptoms of COVID-19 include any of the following: fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, tiredness, and muscle aches and pain, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, abdominal pain, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, decreased or lack of appetite, headache and pink eye

The PHU is reminding everyone to follow all public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The safest options are to limit close contact to your own household members, stay home and do not attend work or school when ill, avoid non-essential travel, and remember to practise physical distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands and get vaccinated. Before leaving your home, continue to screen yourself for symptoms and practise COVID-safe behaviours.

For more information or if you have questions, please call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-360-4819 in Timmins or 1-800-461-1818 or your local health unit.