1 new case of COVID-19 in the region of the health unit

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Dr. Lianne Catton, medical officer of health at the Porcupine Health Unit, speaks to reporters and members of the city and the health care community at a press conference in March. Elena De Luigi / The Daily Press

The Porcupine Health Unit reports a new case of COVID-19 among residents.

This brings the number of cases to 29 in the health unit area.

The 29th case is a man in his thirties who was tested on Wednesday and is currently self-insulating at home. It is located in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls area.

The investigation into her exposure to the virus is still ongoing.

In the meantime, the health unit is urging residents to take preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

These measures include the physical distance – keeping at least two meters or a distance of six feet – between yourself and others, staying at home as much as possible and only leaving home for the most part, as well as washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, among other things.

“Everyone, not just travelers, stay home if you feel bad. Even if it looks like a cold. You can prevent another person from becoming seriously ill, ”said PHU.

If you think you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, the health unit first recommends self-isolation and then use the Ontario self-assessment to see if you need additional care.

If you need help, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free at 1-800-461-1818.

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

As of Saturday morning, the PHU had carried out 407 tests, including 332 negative and 29 positive. There are 46 tests pending results. Of the 29 positive cases, five have been resolved and two have died.

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