NORTH BAY — With news that the two people who died in the outbreak at the Lancelot-Skyline apartments in North Bay had the COVID variant, the medical officer of health says the area’s lockdown is likely going to be extended.
“I have recommended to the government to remain out of the response framework,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, medical officer of health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. “Similar to Toronto and Peel (that) continue in shutdown with the stay-at-home order in place. While I understand the frustration, now is not the time to be opening up.”
Chirico addressed the public following confirmation that a second person who died at the apartment outbreak had the COVID variant. In this case, it’s the highly contagious B.18.104.22.168 variant, first reported in South Africa.