SUDBURY -- The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting a new COVID-19 case among residents in the health unit area, marking the 79th case in the health unit's coverage area.

The latest case involves someone under the age of 19 who was tested Sept. 14 and lives in the James and Hudson Bay region. The source of the exposure being is investigated. The person is self isolating, the health unit said.

"If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and seek testing through one of the 145 assessment centres across Ontario," the health unit said. "You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free at 1-800-461-1818."

The new case comes a day after the health unit declared an outbreak at Glencore's Kidd Creek operations, where two staffers tested positive.

To reduce the risk of exposure, we ask that you continue to follow public health measures:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • stay home and isolate if you have any symptoms
  • practise two metres physical distancing
  • wear a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing of two metres/six feet cannot be maintained

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.