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Timmins area staying at orange level, Timiskaming restrictions increasing

The stay-at-home order in North Bay is over starting Monday, March 8
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The Timiskaming region is joining the Timmins area at the orange level of COVID-19 restrictions.

Today, the province announced the health unit regions that will be moving to new restriction levels and announced the lifting of the stay-at-home order that has remained in effect for the North Bay, Toronto and Peel regions. All of the changes are effective Monday, March 8. 

The Porcupine Health Unit is remaining at the orange - restrict level. 

Starting Monday, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and Public Health Sudbury and Districts will move to the red - control level. The Timiskaming Health Unit will move to orange.

Today, Public Health Ontario reported 1,250 new COVID-19 cases.

With variants of concern spreading, the provincial announcement notes that people's actions in the coming weeks are critical to maintaining progress.

"While all regions have returned to the Framework, everyone must remain vigilant to help prevent any further increases in transmission," said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. "The best defense against the virus and all of its variants of concern remains continuing to stay at home, avoiding social gatherings, only travelling outside of your community for essential purposes, and limiting close contacts to your household or those you live with."

More details on what the orange level means for the Timmins area are available here