There is a second confirmed case of the more contagious Delta COVID-19 variant in Timmins.
Last week, the Porcupine Health Unit reported that the highly transmissible variant of concern was confirmed through whole genome testing. The person was in Timmins and in hospital at the time. There are no links to travel with the case.
A second case of the B.1.617.2 variant has now been confirmed by Public Health Ontario Laboratory testing. It is a person in Timmins.
"The presence of this variant which spreads more easily than the B.1.1.7 variant is extremely worrisome. It is likely a sign that it is now circulating in our communities. It is more important than ever that everyone follow the public health measures diligently and limit contacts with others who we do not live with," reads the health unit bulletin.
The 'emergency brake' restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 are currently in effect across the province.
Because of the surging case numbers, outbreaks and the presence of the variant, the Porcupine Health Unit region is not entering the first stage of the Roadmap to Reopening with the rest of the province this Friday, June 11.
The health unit has not released details on what restrictions will be in place.