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First COVID-19 case confirmed in Timmins

He was tested St. Patrick's Day and has been in self-isolation

TIMMINS — A man in his 50s is first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Timmins. 

The Porcupine Health Unit released the confirmed test in the region late last night. 

According to the PHU, the man recently returned to Timmins after international travel. He developed respiratory symptoms and contacted the health unit March 17. The man was tested at home by the Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services paramedicine program that day and has remained in self isolation.

"The PHU continues to work closely with local, regional and provincial partners to monitor and detect any cases of COVID-19 in the community. We thank those partners for their ongoing cooperation and support," said Dr. Lianne Catton, PHU Medical Officer of Health, in a news release.

The health unit says the news reinforces the need for residents to follow the public health recommendations of social distancing. That is, avoiding crowds and close contact with people outside your immediate family, and staying home as much as possible even if you feel well.

“Every community member plays an essential role in reducing the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the PHU area and protecting those at greater risk for this infection," said Catton.

A COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now open in Timmins.

It's by appointment only and located at Intrepid Place at the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming Branch building at 330 Second Ave.

The centre is by appointment only and is not a walk-in service. A referral is required from your doctor, public health or Telehealth. The health unit can be reached at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818, the number for Telehealth Ontario is 1-866-797-0000.

Find out what you need to know about accessing it here.


Maija Hoggett

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Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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