Woman in her 60s, the last confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Timmins area

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A woman in her sixties is the 62nd case of COVID-19 confirmed by the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU).

According to the PHU, the case is part of the epidemic declared yesterday at the Golden Manor. It was tested on May 2.

“All residents and staff were tested over the weekend as part of the COVID-19 surveillance test in long-term care homes supported by PHU in the region. The case currently practices self-isolation. The risk of infection in long-term care homes remains low, “reads a PHU statement.

When the epidemic was declared last night, the health unit said that the resident who tested positive had no symptoms.

There have been 62 confirmed cases of virus in the health unit area. Of these, 48 cases are resolved and four people have died.

The health unit is aware that 2,476 tests are being performed locally, which is an increase of 168 from the last report. There are currently 333 tests under investigation.

The Department of Health requires that an epidemic be declared when a positive case is confirmed in a resident or a member of staff.

The manor epidemic is the fourth active in the city at the moment. The rest are at Timmins & District Hospital, St. Mary’s Gardens and Spruce Hill Lodge.

Extendicare Timmins was the first establishment to declare an epidemic, but it was declared complete.

All residents and staff at Golden Manor were tested over the weekend as part of the provincial facility monitoring program.

There are 10 long-term care homes in the PHU region.

According to the health unit, they have so far performed 678 tests in four of the facilities. Testing at other facilities is expected to take place later this week and next. The health unit expects local testing to be completed before the provincial deadline of May 15.

There are COVID-19 assessment centers in Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst and Hornepayne. They are done only by appointment and you must be referred by your health professional or the health service.

The PHU COVID-19 hotline is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. He can be reached at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.

The health unit performs expanded tests on people with milder symptoms for a limited time.

Expanded list of symptoms includes cough, fever and difficulty breathing as well as sore throat / hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, muscle aches, runny nose , loss of appetite, diarrhea and nausea or vomiting.



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