COVID-19: Here is the situation in Timmins today


No new cases of COVID-19 and a recovery have been reported by the Porcupine Health Unit today.

To date, 65 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. Of these, 53 are resolved and six people have died. The health unit follows six known active cases.

This week, only one new case of virus was reported, down from the previous week when four cases were confirmed. However, there has been a sixth virus-related death in the region this week and four cases have been resolved.

The health unit is aware of 4,274 tests performed locally, which represents an increase of 71 compared to the last report. 265 tests are under study. In the past week, 1,162 tests have been completed. This does not include the numbers of tests for surveillance in long-term care homes.

The last positive test was reported on Monday May 11 and resided at Extendicare Timmins. A virus epidemic has been declared and is the second in the establishment since the start of the pandemic.

The case was identified through surveillance of long-term care staff and residents are being tested. Tests have been completed at 10 long-term care facilities in the region and have resulted in the reporting of three outbreaks. The rest are at the Golden Manor in Timmins and the South Centennial Manor in Iroquois Falls. Emergency daycare workers were also tested.

For local confirmed cases, 41 were in Timmins. Of these, 32 cases are resolved and four people have died. There have been 23 cases in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls area. Of these, 20 are resolved and two people died. There has been one case in the Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam and Fauquier-Strickland area and it is resolved.

Public Health Ontario today reported an increase of 340 (1.5%) in laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. In total, there have been 22,653 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of this number, 17,360 people recovered (76.6%) and 1,881 died (8.3%).

Members and volunteers of the Porcupine Dante Club came together “as a family” to help the non-profit organization stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story, including the fundraisers they have to come, here.

A local organization representing young Francophones in Timmins is seeking feedback on how to meet the needs of the local Francophone community. This story is available here.

The essential workers for the weekend were the staff at Golden Manor and Kallen Potvin, who works for Timmins’ cleaning services.


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