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New COVID-19 case reported in the region

Health unit doing outbreak assessment at Hearst nursing home
2020-05-11 PHU building
The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

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

According to the health unit notice, the new case is in a staff member at the Foyer de Pionniers Nursing Home in Hearst who didn't have symptoms.The PHU is doing a COVID-19 outbreak assessment.

The new case is a female between the ages of 10 and 19 in the area of Hearst, Hornepayne.

"The Foyer des Pionniers has continued to test all staff for COVID-19 regularly as part of the enhanced surveillance initiative currently being implemented in Long-Term Care facilities. The case reported is the only positive result received at this time. While the individual is an employee at the facility, all infection prevention measures have been followed. This individual is in isolation at home, and the investigation remains ongoing," reads the news release.

This is the 71st confirmed case of the virus in the region. Of those, 69 are recovered and eight people have died. There are two known active cases of the virus in the region.

"This serves as an important reminder that we need to remain vigilant, COVID-19 is still circulating," reads the update.

"It is strongly recommended that all community members follow the measures proven to reduce the risk of spread – physical distancing, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, not touching your face and washing commonly touched surfaces. Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside public spaces, and, outdoors if physical distancing is a challenge. Remember there are some individuals who may not be able to do this, including young children and those with certain medical conditions. Be kind, we are all in this together!"

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 can be reached at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.

Maija Hoggett

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