New COVID-19 Case Reported in Nipissing District

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The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is reporting a new – as well as a resolved – case of COVID-19.The health unit confirmed the region’s 47th case on Wednesday afternoon.

The case involves a person aged 60 to 79 in the Nipissing District, who is currently in segregation and has come into contact with another person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

There are currently five active cases of COVID-19 in the region – all in the District of Nipissing. No one is hospitalized.

The District of Nipissing has had 32 cases since the start of the pandemic, while the District of Parry Sound has had 15, including one death.

To date, 46,401 tests have been performed in the health unit area.

The Near North District Health Unit and School Board recently confirmed that two people linked to Chippewa High School have tested positive for COVID-19.

An epidemic has not been declared because the individuals are not in the same class or cohort, Medical Officer of Health Dr Jim Chirico told reporters earlier this week.

He said the two people linked to Chippewa were at school during the infectious times, meaning students and staff from the same cohorts have been identified as contacts.

But Chirico said the risk is low in Chippewa because people who test positive have been determined to be infected outside of school, meaning transmission is unlikely.

High-risk contacts at school – generally considered students in the same class or cohort as the person who tested positive for COVID-19 – were told to self-isolate for 14 days, to monitor their symptoms and get tested.

Ontario, meanwhile, has reported 790 new cases, including 321 in Toronto, 157 in Peel, 76 in York Region and 57 in Ottawa.

There were also 719 other resolved cases and nine new deaths.

The province has 6,299 active cases, including 260 in hospital, including 71 in intensive care units.

A total of 32,646 tests were performed the day before.

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