First Case of COVID-19


Public Health Sudbury & Districts has confirmed a COVID-19 case on Manitoulin Island. The patient was tested in a local assessment centre and has been confirmed as positive. The case is travel related and the patient is currently self-isolating. Contact tracing is underway.  Public Health will notify all close contacts directly.  If you are not contacted by Public Health you are not considered at risk.


Lynn Foster, CEO of the Manitoulin Health Centre said” The Management and Staff of the Little Current and Mindemoya locations of the Manitoulin Health Centre wish to remind the public to remain calm.  We must continue to follow and encourage others to follow Public Health Guidance”.  These include:

  • Wash your hands often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and immediately wash your hands;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Limit your contacts and in-person interactions as much as possible;
  • Maintain social distancing at least 6’ apart;
  • Wear face coverings if distancing is not possible;
  • Stay home if you are unwell and get tested.


If you are concerned you have been exposed or are at risk of exposure to COVID-19, Ms Foster encourages you to schedule an appointment with the local assessment centre.  Contact information for the local assessment centre is as follows:


Little Current COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Little Current Hospital  (705) 368-2300


Mindemoya Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Mindemoya Hospital  (705) 377-5311


COVID-19 Testing


The criteria for COVID-19 testing has increased and Manitoulin Health Centre is encouraging residents of the Manitoulin District to be tested. Effective immediately, testing is available for the following individuals:


All people with at least one symptom of COVID, even mild symptoms.


  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore throat
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of taste or sense of smell
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion (not due to seasonal allergies)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain.
  • Muscle aches, unexplained fatigue, malaise (general feeling of discomfort, weakness, or illness that has recently developed)
  • Headache
  • Croup or “barking” cough
  • Pink eye
  • People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19
  • People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including those working in an essential service (e.g., health care workers, police services, grocery store employees, etc.)


Discuss any changes in health of a child or infant with your primary care provider or seek assessment at the emergency department.


Individuals may call their primary care provider or call MHC between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily (seven days a week) (Mindemoya 705-377-5311, Little Current 705-368-2300) and follow the telephone prompts to the COVID-19 Assessment Line where a nurse will speak with them and book them into the next available appointment.


Individuals will also be given the option to receive testing in their home by the COVID-19 Paramedic Response Team. The COVID-19 Assessment Centers and Paramedic Response Team provide testing Monday to Friday. Patients can access online test results through a secure online portal



The MHC Team thanks you for your understanding.