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PHU warns of potential exposures to COVID-19; one high-risk, two low-risk

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The Porcupine Health Unit is warning of three potential exposures to the coronavirus.

One of them is considered high risk.  It’s the Thunder Air flight from Timmins to Attawapiskat that departed at 8:15am on Monday, November 23rd.

If you were a passenger on that flight, you’re asked to isolate immediately and contact the health unit.

The other two are considered low risk.  One was at East Side Mario’s in Timmins at about 8:00pm Friday, November  20th; the other at Siva’s Family Restaurant at Timmins Square at 6:00pm on the 22nd.

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In both those instances, you’re asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  That brings the East Mario’s deadline to today, and Siva’s to Sunday.


An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat/hoarse voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

Atypical symptoms include:

  • Unexplained fatigue or malaise
  • Muscle aches
  • Delirium
  • Unexplained or increased number of falls
  • Acute functional decline
  • Exacerbation of current chronic conditions
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Croup
  • Conjunctivitis

To reduce the risk of exposure, we ask that you continue to follow public health measures:
-Stay home and isolate if you have any symptoms
-Practice 2 metres physical distancing
-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
-Wear a mask in indoor public spaces
-Wear a mask indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet cannot be

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