Dr Corneil made the announcement during a press briefing on Tuesday, as the number of cases in the district has almost quadrupled since December 5.
This order targets people who have tested positive, but also those who have symptoms of COVID-19 without having been tested, or who have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the Medical Officer of Health determines that it is no longer required.
People who do not respect the isolation period are liable to a minimum fine of $ 880.
If most people follow isolation guidelines, we need everyone to do it.
According to Dr Corneil, a highly contagious strain of the virus is circulating in the region, but it is not the one recently discovered in the United Kingdom, and detected in southern Ontario.
He clarified that this was not the only cause of the recent outbreak.
The medical officer of health fears that the citizens of the region, believing themselves spared by the pandemic, have not followed public health instructions to the letter in recent weeks.
Dr Corneil said at a press conference that he has not yet had any cases that could be linked to snowmobilers passing through the district.
He nevertheless insisted on the importance of avoiding travel outside the region.
Temiscaming Hospital in New Liskeard announced Wednesday afternoon that visits will be banned except for essential caregivers until further notice.
This difficult decision is meant to be a precaution to ensure the safety of patients and our healthcare teams, as transmission rates increase in our community.said Erin Montgomery, executive director of nursing and director of patient services.
The new epicenter of the epidemic in northern Ontario
Timiskaming Health Services confirmed 3 new cases on Wednesday.
Two of these cases are in the center of the district, the Englehart and Earlton areas, while the majority of cases in recent weeks have been further north, around Kirkland Lake.
These cases bring the total confirmed cases in December in Timiskaming to 53. The region had gone to yellow level on December 21, a few days before the start of pan-provincial containment.
The region had just 18 at the start of the month.
From November 24 to 30, there were the equivalent of 71 new cases per 100,000 population in Timiskaming.
This is about triple what is observed in the Thunder Bay district for the same period (24 cases per 100,000 population), where the situation appears to be improving.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit confirmed just one new case on Wednesday, along with nine recoveries.
A new death has however been reported in Thunder Bay, the 19th overall.
The North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit’s record is similar, with one more case in the Parry Sound district and nine people recovered.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts has identified 8 new cases. This is the largest daily increase since November 14 in this health unit.
Other northern Ontario health units did not add COVID-19 cases to their toll today.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,412 confirmed cases in northern Ontario and 32 people have died of the disease.
The region had 159 active cases on Wednesday afternoon.
With information from Zacharie Routhier