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4 new COVID-19 cases, 6 previous cases confirmed as delta variant of concern

Five recoveries are also being reported since yesterday's update
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The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Four new COVID-19 cases and five recoveries are being reported by the Porcupine Health Unit today (July 23).

Six previously reported cases have also been identified as the delta B1.617.2 variant of concern. These confirmations bring the total number of confirmed delta cases in the region to 39.

"The presence of this variant which spreads even more easily than the B.1.1.7 variant is extremely worrisome. It is a sign that it is now circulating in our communities. It is more important than ever that everyone follow the public health measures diligently and limit contacts with others who we do not live with," reads the health unit bulletin.

For the new cases, two people are in Timmins and two people are in the James Bay area.

To date, there have been 2,135 confirmed cases of the virus. Of the confirmed cases, 2,070 are recovered and 30 people have died. There are 35 known active cases — 9 in Timmins and 26 in the James Bay area.

So far, 49,125 people have been vaccinated, which is an increase of 109 from yesterday's report. There have been 89,361 doses of the vaccines administered. Both of these are the same as yesterday's numbers.

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.