COVID-19 Claims Two Lives – Porcupine Health Unit Reports

COVID-19 update

Constance Lake First Nation Band Member Dead of COVID-19

TIMMINS – There have been two deaths reported from COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit jurisdiction. One of those deaths of a woman who passed away from the virus, in Cochrane Ontario, was an off/reserve Matawa member from Constance Lake First Nation. The woman who was in her 50s was admitted to Lady Minto Hospital in Cochrane. She tested positive April 2, 2020.

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, reported on the first 2 COVID-19 related deaths in the region. “Having to share the death of anyone related to COVID-19 is terrible, and to do this twice in one day is incredibly sad. Of course, the greatest loss is for the family and friends of the individuals.”

Several positive COVID-19 cases have no known links to travel or another case. That means that community transmission of COVID-19 is happening in those areas. But to truly protect yourself and your loved ones, you must act as though COVID-19 is circulating in every community in our area. Keep physically distant, but socially close. Stay home if you’re feeling ill. Wash your hands often. Stop the spread.

The current number of confirmed positive cases is now 29. COVID-19 is circulating in our area.

The Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information line is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 705-267-1181 or the toll-free number, 1-800-461-1818.

With the warmer weather coming, the PHU reminds everyone to maintain physical distancing when going outside. Limit your time with others outside your household to help stop the spread.