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4 additional COVID cases reported, another exposure advisory issued for Vet's Taxi

All of the new cases are in Timmins

Four new COVID-19 cases and a potential exposure advisory are being reported this evening.

The Porcupine Health Unit has confirmed a total of six new cases today.

The additional cases tonight are all in Timmins. 

One person is the contact of a case, one is connected to an outbreak, and the exposure of two cases is under investigation. 

Through the investigation into a recently confirmed case, the health unit has issued a low-risk exposure advisory to Vet's Taxi passengers. 

It affects people who used the service:

  • Wednesday, May 12 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 13 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Friday, May 14 between midnight and 3 a.m. and between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Passengers are asked to self-monitor for symptoms. If any symptoms are experienced, self-isolate and call the health unit at 705-360-4189.

There is also a high-risk exposure advisory that was issued last week for people who used Vet's Taxi who used the service at these times:

  • Between 4 p.m. Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7 at 4 a.m. 
  • Friday, May 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 9 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

To date, there have been 885 confirmed cases in the region. Of those, 605 are recovered and 26 people have died. There are 254 known active case.

There are COVID-19 assessment centres in Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Matheson, Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst, and Hornepayne, as well as communities on the James Bay coast. 

The Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 information line can be reached at 705-360-4819 or 1-800-461-1818.

People ages 18 years and up are eligible for a vaccine in the region. Register for an upcoming clinic here. Select pharmacies are also delivering the vaccine. Find a list of those and book an appointment here.

There is a provincial shutdown and stay-at-home order in effect until at least June 2.