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1,171 more received their second COVID-19 vaccine in the past week

Over 39,000 people are now fully vaccinated in the region

Just over 39,000 people in the Porcupine Health Unit are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Porcupine Health Unit's weekly epidemiology report is out and breaks down where the region is at.

In the past week, 17 cases have screened for variants of concern in the Porcupine Health Unit region. That's an increase from four screens the week prior.

As of  July 19, there have now been 1,115 cases in the region where a variant of concern has been detected, according to this week's epidemiology report. 

Since last week's report, 1,171 more people have been fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of people with both doses of the vaccine to 39,174. According to Stats Canada, in 2016 the population of the health unit region was 84,201.

There has been an increase of 243 people who received their first dose, bringing the total number of people who have received their first dose of the vaccine to 48,890. There have been 88,064 doses of the vaccine administered. These do not include the totals from Operation Immunity on the James Bay coast.

When the numbers were pulled for the report on July 19, there had been 2,125 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 29 from last week's update. 

Of the confirmed cases, 51.8 per cent are male and 48 per cent are female. 

People 20 to 39 years make up the largest number of cases, with 757 people (35.7 per cent of all cases) being in that demographic. There have been 702  cases (33 per cent) in people ages 19 and under, 425 people (20 per cent of cases) between the ages of 40-59, 182 people (8.6 per cent) are between the ages of 60-79, and 59 people (2.8 per cent) are 80 and over.

For where people are located, 982  cases have been in Timmins; 260 in the area Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane and Smooth Rock Falls; 104 in the Kapuskasing area; 98 in the Hearst, Hornepayne area; 672 in the James and Hudson Bay region; and nine are out of region.

Of the confirmed cases, 1,278 (60.1 per cent) were contacts of a case, the exposure of 73 (3.4 per cent) is under investigation, there is no known exposure for 486 (23.1 per cent), 269 (12.7 per cent) are associated to an outbreak, and 19 cases are travel-related.

The case fatality rate in the Porcupine Health Unit region is 1.4 per cent. The provincial rate is 1.7 per cent.

The test positivity rate for the region at the time of the report was 1.9 per cent. In Northern Ontario the positivity rate, according to the report, is 1 per cent and the provincial rate is 3.4 per cent.

This week's full local epidemiology report is available here.


Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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