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Daily COVID-19 Update

Visit the Porcupine Health Unit website for the most accurate COVID-19-related news for our region. 

COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Kapuskasing and District Chamber of Commerce is committed to keep our community and our members informed with the latest COVID-19 data. To support our local businesses and economy, the chamber compiled a list of significant information from credible sources to ensure businesses can operate safely. We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.

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What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.  


The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China. The first presumptive case of this virus in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe, and 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

  • runny nose or nasal congestion

Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should call your health care provider or the Porcupine Health Unit to speak with someone about receiving testing.

If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

There is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water

  • use alcohol-based sanitizer

  • maintain a physical distance of 2 metres between yourself and others

  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  • avoid contact with people who are sick

  • stay home if you are sick

  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside public spaces; and outdoors if physical distancing is a challenge

What should I do if I think I have the virus?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call your primary care provider, the Porcupine Health Unit at

705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818, or contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Where can I get tested?


27 Kolb Avenue

Kapuskasing, Ontario,

P5N 2G8


Tel: 705-335-2332

Fax: 705-335-2359

Donna Todd

E-Mail: info@kapchamber.ca

28 Circle Street, Kapuskasing, ON, P5N 1T7

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