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Another confirmed COVID-19 case linked to Timmins hospital outbreak

There have been 59 positive tests in the region
2019-07-22 Timmins hospital MH
Timmins and District Hospital. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case today.

According to the health unit, it is a Timmins man in his 70s who was identified in the investigation into the Timmins and District Hospital outbreak. He was tested April 26 and is at home in self-isolation.

There have been 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the health unit's region. Of those, 43 cases are resolved and three people have died.

The health unit is aware of 1,780 tests being done locally, which is an increase of 65 from the last report. There are 524 tests under investigation.

For the local cases, 36 have been in Timmins. Of those, 24 cases are resolved and two people have died. There have been 22 cases in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, and Smooth Rock Falls. Of those, 18 are resolved and one person has died. There has been one case in the area of Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, and Fauquier-Strickland and it is resolved.

There are COVID-19 Assessment centres in Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst and Hornepayne. They are by appointment only and you must be referred by your primary healthcare provider or the health unit.

The PHU COVID-19 hotline is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It can be reached at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.

The health unit is doing expanded testing on people with milder symptoms for a limited time.

The expanded list of symptoms include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing as well as sore throat/hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, muscle aches, runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting.

Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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