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Seventeen New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 and Second Delta Variant In the Porcupine Health Unit Area

Issued: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is reporting seventeen new COVID-19 cases among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and eleven cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. Three cases are contacts of a case and fourteen are under investigation.

The PHU was notified by the Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) that a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Timmins is positive for a variant of concern (VOC), the COVID-19 variant B1.617.2, designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the variant Delta.  This is second delta variant confirmed in the PHU region.  The presence of this variant which spreads even more easily than the B.1.1.7 variant is extremely worrisome.  It is a likely a sign that it is now circulating in our communities.  It is more important than ever that everyone follow the public health measures diligently and limit contacts with others who we do not live with.

Remember that every outing is a low risk exposure and you need to follow public health measures correctly each and every time you leave your house. This includes times when you pick up items curbside. 

Stay home and self-isolate if:

  • You are confirmed case
  • You think or you are a contact of a confirmed case
  • You have symptoms – get tested
  • You are waiting for your test results
  • Someone in your household has symptoms

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and complete the on-line COVID-19 Self-Assessment to determine your next steps.

If testing is required, seek testing through one of the assessment centres across Ontario. You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free at 1-800-461-1818.

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