SUDBURY -- The Porcupine Health Unit reported two new COVID-19 cases, marking three new cases reported Friday and eight since Dec. 3 in the health unit's coverage area.

The latest cases are in Timmins, bringing the health unit's total to 116 since the pandemic began. Both residents are self-isolating and the source of infection is under investigation.

"If you are considered a close contact, you will be contacted directly," the health unit said. "If you are not contacted, you are not identified a close contact. Regardless of an announcement of a case, everyone is reminded to stay home if they have symptoms and get tested."

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and complete the online COVID-19 Self-Assessment ( to determine your next steps.

If testing is required, seek testing through one of the assessment centres across Ontario ( You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free at 1-800-461-1818.

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

▪ Screen regularly for symptoms.

▪ Stay home and isolate if you have any symptoms.

▪ 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.

▪ Practise two metres physical distancing.

▪ Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

▪ Wear a mask indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of two metres/six feet cannot be maintained with anyone outside your household.