Timmins area residents who travelled recently may have been exposed to COVID, Porcupine Health Unit warns
SUDBURY -- An investigation into a recent positive COVID-19 case in the Timmins area has revealed the person travelled while they were infectious.
The Porcupine Health Unit is warning residents who travelled recently may have been exposed.
Here are the details of where the exposure would have occurred:
▪ Sept. 16 – Air Canada flight 8287 from Toronto to Timmins, especially those seated in rows 6 to 12.
▪ Sept. 18 – Ontario Northland bus, scheduled departure time 7:15 a.m., from Timmins to Cochrane, especially those seated in the first seven rows.
▪ Sept. 18 – Ontario Northland train, scheduled departure time 9:00 AM, from Cochrane to Moosonee, especially those seated in coach No. 2, rows 5-12.
Dr. Lianne Catton, medical officer of health, recommends travellers actively monitor themselves for symptoms, isolate immediately if they occur, and call the health unit at 1-800-461-1818 ext.2919.
"While these recommendations apply for 14 days, ending on either Sept. 30, 2020, or Oct. 2, 2020, people are always advised to monitor and stay home if unwell in any way, regardless of any exposure," the health unit said in a news release Monday.
Symptoms can include fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat/hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or runny nose or nasal congestion.
To reduce the risk of exposure, follow these 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
▪ practice two metres physical distancing
▪ wear a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing of two metres/six feet cannot be maintained.