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Porcupine Health Unit

Update February 24, 2021: If a student in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to call the Porcupine Health Unit. To arrange testing, please call an assessment centre: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/…/c…/covid-assessment-centres/ and if you need medical advice contact your health care provider. If a student who has been sick is ready to return to school, a doctor’s note is not needed.

The PHU as part of Operation Remote Immunity and in partnership with Weeneebayko and Area Health Authority (WAHA), ORNGE, First Nation Inuit Health Branch and local community partners are offering a clinic on Friday for COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines will be given to those who want their first vaccine and to those who are due for their second. Mahekun Taxi will provide rides to and from their vaccine clinics. Clients need to call 705-336-6700 to request a ride.For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit their website at phu.fyi/covid-vaccine

Update February 18, 2021: Because the vaccine arrives in waves, there isn’t enough vaccine to immunize everyone at the same time. For more information on when the vaccine may be available to you visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario To learn more about how the health unit is progressing with COVID-19 vaccination for our region, visit their weekly bulletin: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/…/covid-vaccine-bulletins/

Update February 17, 2021: It’s the last week for Porcupine Health Unit’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  Mahekun Taxi will provide rides to and from our vaccine clinics. Clients need to call 705-336-6700 to request a ride.  The Porcupine Health Unit is providing COVID-19 Vaccines to anyone who wants one in Moosonee. The clinics will be held at the Moosonee Arena. Book online: phu.fyi/covid-vaccine.  For more information about limits, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

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Currently, three variants of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are causing concern. Since these new variants are more easily transmitted, more rigorous application of public health measures is necessary. More information regarding variants of concern, visit: https://bit.ly/37jca0z.

Update February 9, 2021: While clinical trials did not include pregnant and/or breastfeeding women the benefits of vaccination may outweigh the risks.  If you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, speak with your health care provider to receive informed counselling about COVID-19 vaccination. The counselling session should include a review of the risks and benefits of the vaccine, a review of the potential risks/consequences of a COVID-19 infection, a review of the risk of acquiring a COVID infection and an acknowledgment of the insufficiency of evidence for the use of current COVID-19 vaccines in these special populations. When you go for your vaccination appointment, you will have to verbally confirm that you have received proper counselling from your health care provider, prior to vaccination.

Update February 1, 2021: The Porcupine Health Unit will be making changes to its COVID-19 Communications. Specifically, COVID-19 Outbreaks: The Health Unit will continue to provide information regarding outbreaks on their social media pages. In addition, the following information will also be added to their website: facility type, facility name, status, date declared and date over. These details will be updated regularly on their website: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/…/…/covid-outbreaks-exposures/

Update January 25: Face and mouth shields are NOT a suitable face covering option to prevent against COVID-19. They do not fit snugly around the mouth, nose and chin and can allow the respiratory droplets caused by COVID-19 to spread. Face shields do not replace a face covering and if they are used, should be used with a mask. Visit their website for more information https://phu.fyi/covid-masks.

Update December 4: The Porcupine Health Unit is warning of potential public exposure to COVID-19 related to air travel and two Timmins restaurants.

Through the investigation of recent cases, the Porcupine Health Unit is sharing potential risk exposures to the public: 

High-Risk Exposure:

Monday, November 23, 2020 – Thunder Air, from Timmins to Attawapiskat, departure time 8:15 a.m.

Individuals who were on this flight are asked to self-isolate immediately and call the health unit 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.

Potential Low Risk Exposures:

Friday, November 20, 2020 – East Side Mario’s in Timmins, at around 8:00 pm. As a precaution, we are asking patrons to self-monitor for 14 days, which ends on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 – Siva’s Family Restaurant in Timmins, at around 6:00 pm. If you are experiencing symptoms, self-isolate at home and call the Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.

Update December 3: Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household. Find more tips here: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/…/novel-coron…/holiday-season/

There are requirements students must meet in order to return to school after having symptoms of COVID-19. To learn more please visit: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-schools/resources-schools-and-covid/covid-screening-checklist-for-parents.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XX9FWXUlyyQezuc5K64Rh9oW8ZciPMxQFwsndXZNzN4ocCsauH2RLS6s

BOIL WATER ADVISORY UPDATE:  Effective July 8, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for Schumacher, South Porcupine, and Porcupine has been lifted. This is due to satisfactory water results.

Update July 8, 2020: The City of Timmins has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) effective July 6, 2020. The advisory affects residents of Schumacher, those in the area east of Highway 655 along Algonquin Boulevard, Vipond Road, and Gold Mine Road.  Residents affected are required to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to use or use bottled water.  See our Boil Water Advisory page for tips on using water safely during a BWA. The advisory also includes residents of Porcupine and South Porcupine effective July 6, 2020.

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