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

The health unit is reporting one new recovery
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The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting no new COVID-19 cases and one recovery today.

To date, there have been 71 confirmed cases of the virus in the region. Of those, 62 are recovered and eight people have died. There is one known active case in the region.

The new recovery is the latest case that was reported over the weekend in the area of Hearst, Horneypayne in a female between the ages of 10 and 19 years. The known active case is a Timmins man in his 70s who is listed on the health unit site as admitted to hospital.

The health unit is aware of 11,881 tests being done locally, which is an increase of 222 from the last report Friday. 

In the past week, (from July 27 to Aug. 4), 697 tests have been completed. That is a slight drop from the week prior when 752 tests were done.

Public Health Ontario is reporting fewer than 100 cases both today and yesterday. The province did not release its daily update yesterday due to the holiday, but posted both yesterday and today's update this morning. Yesterday's report includes 88 new cases of COVID, and today's report (Aug. 4) includes 91 new cases of COVID. The province has confirmed a total of 39,628 cases of COVID-19 since January, with 35,601 cases now listed as recovered and 2,782 cases have ended in death.

Lake Shore Gold, a subsidiary of Pan American Silver, recently donated $10,000 each to the Timmins and South Porcupine food banks. Find out more about the staff initiative here.

For the confirmed cases in the Porcupine Health Unit region, 45 have been in Timmins. Of those, 38 are resolved and six people have died. There is one known active case in the city. There have been 24 cases in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls. Of those, 22 are recovered and two people have died. There was one case in the area of Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, Fauquier-Strickland which is recovered, and one case in the area of Hearst, Hornepayne that is recovered.

"The Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone. It lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19," reads today's update from the health unit.

COVID-19 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. 

It is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 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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