New positive test brings COVID-19 cases to 30 in Timmins area

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A Timmins woman in her 60s is the 30th confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) area.

PHU medical officer Lianne Catton said the woman was tested on April 3 and was in contact with a known case. She is hospitalized outside the region.

This morning, the health unit is aware of 453 COVID-19 tests submitted locally. Of the 30 positive tests, six have been resolved and two people have died. There have been 360 negative tests and 63 results are expected.

Catton expects the number of local confirmed cases to increase and said that we have not yet seen the peak.

She said local transmission – cases not related to another case or to international travel – is the largest group at risk.

To reduce the spread of the virus, she urges everyone, except essential workers, to stay home. When you go out to shop for groceries, to get a prescription, or for a medical appointment, Catton said that one person per family should go if possible.

She urges people to take public health measures seriously.

“Because it is our opportunity to potentially see this number not go as high as it could. And this is our chance to save lives, and it is our chance to protect everyone in our community, “she said.

Catton also warns people that it may take some time before the restrictions are lifted.

“I think it’s going to be long. I wish I could give more reassuring news on this, but I think people should be ready for this to happen for a while. We are looking at weeks, probably a few months would be my estimate, but we will have to see, “she said.

If you’re okay and want to enjoy the fresh air with people from your immediate home, she said it was OK. Outdoor meetings, even with physical distance, are not recommended.

“The only advantage we have in the North is that we have a lot of large open spaces. We have a very different population density and a very different ability for individuals to enjoy the outdoors with their immediate family members only in a safe manner, ”she said.

If you feel unwell, have a test, are under investigation or follow up with the health unit, or have traveled abroad, she said you should stay at the house and follow public health advice.

“However, as we have seen in other areas, when we start to see people taking greater risks with these kinds of things, unfortunately we sometimes see changes in what becomes acceptable,” he said. she declared.

COVID-19 assessment centers now exist in four communities – Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane and Kapuskasing. They are only by appointment.

To access any of the sites, you must be referred by your primary health care provider or the health unit.

The COVID-19 PHU information line is open until 7:30 p.m. today and can be reached at 1-800-461-1818 or by calling the office of your community health unit.



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