Porcupine Health Unit declares outbreak at LTC home after staff member tests positive for COVID
A staff member at Extendicare in Timmins has tested positive for COVID-19, the Porcupine Health Unit reported Wednesday. (File)
SUDBURY -- In the second new case reported in northeastern Ontario on Wednesday, a staff member at Extendicare in Timmins has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Porcupine Health Unit has declared at outbreak at the home.
"One staff member without symptoms tested positive," the health unit said in a news release. "Extendicare has continued to test all staff for COVID-19 regularly as part of the enhanced surveillance initiative currently being implemented in long-term care facilities."
Currently, the case is the only positive result at the home at this time.
"While the individual is an employee at the facility, all infection prevention measures have been followed," the release said. "This individual is in isolation at home, and the investigation remains ongoing."
This is the 69th case in the health unit's coverage area, and follows another new case reported Wednesday by Algoma Public Health earlier in the day.
"All Algoma residents must continue to practice physical distancing because any close contact could be a possible exposure," the health unit said.
It marks the 26th case in Algoma and the individual is self-isolating at home. The source of exposure for both new cases is unknown.
"This serves as an important reminder that we need to remain vigilant, COVID-19 is still circulating," the Porcupine Health Unit said. "It is strongly recommended that all community members follow the measures proven to reduce the risk of spread – physical distancing, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, not touching your face and washing commonly touched surfaces."
Residents are urged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside public spaces, and, outdoors if physical distancing is a challenge.
"Remember there are some individuals who may not be able to do this, including young children and those with certain medical conditions," the health unit said. "Be kind, we are all in this together!"