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Timmins long-term care home employee tests positive for COVID-19: health unit

There are now 34 confirmed cases in the region
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TIMMINS — Three new cases of COVID-19 in Timmins are being reported by the Porcupine Health Unit, including an employee of the Timmins long-term care home Extendicare.

The new confirmations bring the total number of cases in the health unit's region to 34. 

PHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lianne Catton said an outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Extendicare as per Ministry of Health Guidelines.

"The individual is a close contact of a confirmed case, which was not related to the facility. She has been in self-isolation since being identified as a close contact. Any resident who was experiencing symptoms was tested, and results for COVID-19 have been negative to this point," reads the PHU update.

"Extendicare is taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the transmission of COVID-19."

The 32nd case is woman in her 50s and is community exposure. She was tested April 4 and is in self-isolation.

A woman in her 50s is the 33rd case and is a contact of a confirmed case. She was tested April 4 and is in self-isolation.

A man in his 80s is the 34th case and is a contact of a confirmed case. He was tested April 5 and is admitted to hospital.

As of this morning, the PHU is aware of 562 COVID-19 tests. Of the 34 positive cases, 11 are resolved and two people have died. There have been 415 negative tests, and they are awaiting on the results of 113.

Maija Hoggett

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