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Fourth Timmins COVID-19 case confirmed, people on March 12 flights potentially exposed

Man in his 70s was on international, domestic flights with Air Canada that day

TIMMINS — A fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Timmins, according to the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU).

A man in his 70s has tested positive for novel coronavirus. According to the health unit, the case is related to travel. It is the fourth confirmed test in Timmins.

Earlier today, the health unit reported two other confirmed cases, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 50s. 

In a news release, PHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lianne Catton said the man in his 70s travelled on international and domestic flights.

The flights affected are:

  • March 12, 2020 - Houston into Toronto Pearson International Airport on Air Canada flight AC594. Passengers in rows 20-24 and flight crew that served the rows are considered close contacts of the confirmed case. 
  • March 12, 2020 - Toronto Pearson International Airport to Timmins on Air Canada flight AC8291. Passengers in rows 5-9 and flight crew that served the rows are considered contacts.

According to the health unit, if you sat in the rows identified, you should self isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms — cough, fever and shortness of breath. 

The health unit says the man was tested at the Timmins COVID-19 Assessment Centre March 20.  He is in self-isolation at home with monitoring by the health unit. 

"The PHU conducts a thorough case investigation to help identify anyone who may be a close contact. If you are considered a close contact of this or any case, you will receive a call from the PHU," reads the news release.

The cases of the man and woman in their 50s reported earlier today are not related to travel.

While they are close contacts of each other, the health unit said neither have travelled outside of Canada. 

Both went to the Timmins and District Hospital emergency department the evening of March 19 and were tested.

The man was sent home in stable condition and is in self-isolation. The woman is in isolation in stable condition at the TADH ICU. 

If you're experiencing fever, dry cough, and/or shortness of breath, call the PHU COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-461-1818 ext. 2919. It's available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Callers can leave a message and staff will call back within 24 hours. 


Maija Hoggett

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