NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a respiratory outbreak at Au Château Home for the Aged (Au Château) in Section A of the home – the causative agent is COVID-19. On Nov. 15, 2021, the Health Unit was made aware of two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Additional infection prevention and control measures are in place, facility-wide. COVID-19 testing is currently underway for all staff and residents. Section A is currently closed to visitors. The situation is still evolving, and the outbreak investigation is ongoing.
A COVID-19 outbreak is declared in a long-term care home when there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents, staff or visitors, and the infection likely spread to at least one of those cases while they were in the facility.
“Our staff are working collaboratively with Au Château staff to manage the outbreak,” said Dr. Jim Chirico Medical Officer of Health. “It is critical that everyone continues to follow public health measures including full vaccination against COVID-19, washing hands often and staying home if unwell, even if fully vaccinated, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Being fully vaccinated is the best protection we have against COVID-19.”
For more information on the outbreak and local COVID-19 cases, visit the Status Report dashboard at myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.