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New positive COVID-19 cases in Timmins area

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TIMMINS — According to the Porcupine Health Unit on Facebook, there are additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area.

In a post late Sunday (March 22), the health unit said they were notified of additional positive cases in the area that day. The post does not specify how many people are affected, or where they may have potentially been exposed to the virus.

"We are currently conducting a thorough investigation and will be following up with close contacts. We will be in touch with anyone who is a close contact and will provide any potential exposure information and guidance to others as appropriate," reads the post.

According to the Porcupine Health Unit's website, as of March 21 at midnight they were aware of 145 COVID-19 tests being submitted locally. At that time, there were 70 negative results and one positive.

The results of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 were received March 19 and is a man in his 50s who recently returned from international travel. While the health unit said the potential source is likely related to international exposure, out of an abundance of caution they said people at a March 7 stag and doe in the McIntyre Ballroom in Timmins may have been potentially exposed.

A COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open in Timmins.

The assessment centre is 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.

In Ontario, as of the evening update March 22, there were 412 confirmed cases. Of those, five people have died and eight are resolved. According to the province, 26,420 people have been approved for COVID-19 testing to date.


Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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