Porcupine Health Unit reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, and second case of Delta variant

The Porcupine Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and 11 cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. (File) The Porcupine Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and 11 cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. (File)

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