The Porcupine Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health says the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. Dr. Lianne Catton pointed the hard work of all of the community health partners for getting all of the numbers trending in the right direction.

“We have seen that ongoing sustained decrease in our cases, in outbreaks and an increase in vaccination rates across the region,” she said.

There are now more than 2,100 cases of COVID-19 reported since the pandemic began with most of that coming in March at the start of the third wave.

She says that all of the vital numbers are dropping quickly, including the infection rate which is now at 18 per 100,000.

“Which is phenomenal,” she said. “And really a testament as I mentioned to the ongoing dedication to get us to this point. At one point, we were well over 200 and I believe even over 300 per 100,000 and the top in the province.”

Catton says the PHU currently doesn’t have anyone at Timmins and District Hospital or any of the other major hospitals in the region with COVID-19.