So far, 60 people in the Porcupine Health Unit area have tested positive. Of these, 46 are resolved and four people have died. The health unit follows 10 known active cases.
The health unit is aware of 2,164 tests carried out locally, which represents an increase of 23 compared to the last report. There are 602 tests under investigation. In the past week, more than 482 tests have been performed locally. The week before, more than 600 tests were carried out.
This week there were two new positive cases, one death and four healings reported locally. This is a decrease from the previous week when nine new cases were confirmed. Before that, there were a few weeks with 10 cases reported each week.
For local cases, 37 were in Timmins. Of these, 27 cases are resolved and three people have died. There have been 22 cases in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls area. Of these, 18 are resolved and one person died. There has been one case in the region of Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam and Fauquier-Strickland and it is resolved.
Public Health Ontario today reported 434 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since January, 17,553 cases have been reported in the province. Among them, 12,005 have recovered and 1,216 have died.
With a new list of companies that received the green light to reopen on Monday, Dr. Lianne Catton, medical officer of health at the Porcupine Health Unit, warns people that this does not mean going back to business as usual.
Local front-line workers are doing their part to ensure that there is a healthy supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). A PPE campaign is underway and will continue until May 6. Find out what they need and how to donate here.
Art therapist Erika DuChene has found a way to stay creative and connected with the community by hosting online crafting sessions. Read the full story here.
With community gardens deemed essential, a local group is ready to grow, with further security improvements for COVID-19. Learn more about this story here.
The reopening date has been set for the interprovincial border at Témiscaming.
The essential worker of the day is Ema Michaud.