City of Timmins Declares State of Emergency Following Surge in Cases 
Mayor George Pirie has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Timmins, effective today at, in response to the rapid and un-checked spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Mayor Pirie made the declaration at the request of the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The declaration of emergency is in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and has been put in place to protect the health and safety of all citizens in the municipality.

Currently, the TADH reports that ten (10) COVID positive patients with an average age of 42 have been admitted to the hospital and COVID positive vented patients are being transported from its facility.

EMS reports that its resources are overextended and that its emergency response is threatened.

PHU reports that workplace transmission of COVID-19 is clear and present in our community and remains an ongoing source of exposure. Workplaces need to ensure that proper personal protective equipment (PPE), distancing and screening are followed diligently in every setting at all times, whether open to the public or not. Employees need to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms.

Small businesses are also reporting their fears of business failure if they are unable to reopen should Timmins remain in lockdown once the provincial Stay-at-Home order has been lifted.

“I want to send a very clear and strong message that COVID-19 is a threat to residents in the City of Timmins,” said Mayor George Pirie. “We are seeing a dramatic rise in cases in our region as we continue to battle COVID-19. We know that our regional hospital is currently experiencing a surge in patients requiring medical care and that the cases are affecting a younger population. We have declared a State of Emergency to insure that we can act fast to further protect our residents and local businesses. Our Municipal Emergency Control Group is taking the best course of action at this time and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The PHU has called upon the Government to recognize Timmins as a provincial “hotspot” to ensure that vaccines and supplies are readily available for the community; to enhance capacity for testing; and, support for a community isolation centre.

PHU reminds residents that it is imperative that people stay home and isolate even with mild symptoms and get tested. Getting tested is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19.

TADH calls upon the residents of the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure that health care services are not overwhelmed.

“I am asking the residents of Timmins to get vaccinated and follow public health measures to ensure that our businesses and our citizens survive the third wave,” adds Mayor Pirie. “Each community member must stay home immediately if they have any symptoms – even mild – and call to get tested; wear a mask properly, distance from anyone you do not live with, and treat every interaction in the community as a potential exposure. Vaccinations will get us there, but we need time for immunity, so these actions remain critical.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer On 5/17/2021 at 4:44 PM  

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