There have now been 18 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Porcupine Health Unit.  Six positive tests reported Tuesday night bumped the total up to that level.

Three of them are two boys under the age of ten and a woman in her 30s, somewhere between Matheson and Smooth Rock Falls.  They all became infected through close contact with another case, and are all in self-isolation.

For the first time, the Kapuskasing area figures in the count.   A man in his 40s who lives somewhere between Opasatika and Fauquier is also a victim of close contact. He’s also in self-isolation.

And a woman in her 60s and one in her 70s are both patients at Timmins and District Hospital.  The health unit doesn’t say how they contracted the coronavirus.