Yesterday, the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) confirmed a sixth COVID-19 related death. The individual was in her sixties having tested positive for COVID-19 on April 13, 2020. Her death was not related to an institutional outbreak. “On behalf of the PHU, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends,” said Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health.

There have been no new positive cases in the PHU area in the last 24 hours and the total number of confirmed positive cases is 65, 7 of which remain active. For more information, see phu.fyi/coronavirus.

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open Saturday May 16, 2020. Furthermore, additional businesses and services will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve. (https://bit.ly/2WA9y9s)

If you are a business owner or manager and you would like information on how to prepare to open, visit our Business and Workplace section on our website (phu.fyi/covid-business) or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

As more businesses open, the PHU continues to promote the important measures that will help protect us all from COVID-19. Limit trips to stores, send only one member per family to run errands when possible, wash hands frequently and maintain a physical distance of 2 metres when in stores. If you are not well, stay home.

Our COVID-19 Information line is open today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call the toll-free number, 1-800-461-1818, or the PHU office in your community. See phu.fyi/offices for local contact numbers.

Stay home if you are not well. Stay safe. Stay positive!

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