NIPISSING & PARRY SOUND, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has the lowest case rate in the province over the last reported seven-day period (April 17 to 23) with a rate of 9.2 cases per 100,000 population as well as the lowest cumulative case rate over the course of the entire pandemic.
“Without the hard work and cooperation of everyone within our district we wouldn’t have lower than average numbers,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “Although these numbers are something to be proud of, it is not time to let up. Earlier in this year, we saw how quickly the COVID-19 situation can change and we need to remain vigilant. Until everyone is fully vaccinated, the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our numbers low is to follow public health measures.”
Public health measures include:
Staying home as much as possible;
Limit outings to essential trips only;
Practicing physical distancing – staying two (2) metres from individuals you do no live with, and if you live alone physically distancing from anyone outside your exclusive close contact home;
Wearing a face-covering indoors and whenever physical distancing is difficult, indoors and outdoors;
Washing or sanitizing your hands often;
Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve;
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
Cleaning high-touch objects and surfaces often.
Individuals who have received their COVID-19 vaccine (first or second dose) must continue to follow public health measures until advised otherwise.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek testing or further care. If you need further assistance, call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms if you are able.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
For more information, please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.