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COVID-19: Here's the situation in Timmins today

There are no known active cases in the area
2020-05-11 PHU building
The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

No new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Porcupine Health Unit today.

There are currently no known active cases of the virus in the region.

So far there have been 67 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PHU area. Of those, 59 are recovered and eight people have died.

The health unit is aware of 8,351 tests being done in the area.

Public Health Ontario reported 118 new COVID-19 cases today. Public Health Ontario has reported 38,178 confirmed COVID-19 cases to-date, and notes there are now 31,805 recovered cases (87.9 per cent of all cases). 

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Each week the Timmins-area heath unit has been gathering local data and comparing it to stats from health units across the north and provincially.

This week's epidemiology report is now available and includes data from March 1 to July 6. 

In the Porcupine Health Unit area, the majority of the cases have been females, who account for 37 or 55.2 per cent. With 26 cases, the age bracket with the highest number of cases is people between the age of 60 and 79 years. 

According to the report, 44 cases (65.7 per cent) have been in the Timmins area. There have been 22 in the area of Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane and Smooth Rock Falls, and one in Kapuskasing and area.

Of the 12 virus-related deaths in Northern Ontario, the Timmins region accounts for more than half with eight fatalities. 

The PHU case fatality rate is 11.9 per cent, which is higher than the provincial rate of 7.5 per cent.

The local resolved rate is back up compared to the provincial rate. The PHU recovered case percentage is 88.1 per cent, while the provincial rate is 87.4 per cent.

According to the the PHU report, the numbers across the north as of July 6 were:

  • Algoma Public Health - 24 confirmed cases, which is the same as the last report, and no deaths. The tests per 100,000 population are 12,974, with 0.2 per cent being positive.

  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 37 confirmed cases, which is an increase of six from the last report, and one death. The case fatality rate is 2.7 per cent. The tests per 100,000 are 11,511.8 with .2 per cent being positive.

  • Northwestern Health Unit - 39 confirmed cases, which is an increase of three from the last report, and no deaths. The tests per 100,000 are 11,185.6, with 0.4 per cent being positive.

  • Porcupine Health Unit - 67 confirmed cases, which is the same as the last report. There have been eight deaths, and the fatality rate is 11.9 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population are 9,783.9, with .8 per cent being positive.

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 67 confirmed cases, which is the same as the last report. There have been two deaths, with the fatality rate being 3 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population are 8,795.5 with 0.4 per cent being positive.

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 92 confirmed cases, which is an increase of two from the last report. One person has died, making the fatality rate 1.1 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population are 14,275.4, with 0.4 per cent being positive.

  • Timiskaming Health Unit, 18 confirmed cases and no deaths. The testing per 100,000 population is 11,873.3 with 0.5 per cent being positive.

For all of Northern Ontario, when the report was completed there were 344 confirmed cases, which is 11 more than the last report. There have been 12 deaths, with the fatality rate being 3.5 per cent. The testing rate per 100,000 population is 11,362.4, with 0.4 per cent being positive.

Northern Ontario's rates are much lower than southern Ontario, where there had been 35,604 cases and 2,677 deaths (or a case fatality rate of 7.5 per cent) when the numbers were pulled. The testing per 100,000 population in southern Ontario is 10,487.2, with 2.5 per cent of test being positive.

Altogether in Ontario at the time the numbers for the report were pulled, there had been 35,948 cases and 2,689 deaths. The testing rate per 100,000 was 10,534.8 with 2.3 per cent being positive.

The full report is available here.

Testing is open to anyone who feels they need to be tested, even if you don't have symptoms. To access testing, call your health care provider or the health unit.

There are COVID-19 assessment centres in Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst and Hornepayne. 

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


Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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