Covid-19 Updates

NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: January 18, 2021
Health Unit Closes OFSC Snowmobile Trails
NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is requiring all Ontario
Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ (OFSC) trails and trails utilizing Crown Land in the Health Unit district to
close effective January 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for the duration of the Stay-at-Home Order and will be
reassessed at such time. This closure is done under the Medical Officer of Health’s ability to increase
restrictions within their district.
In accordance with the provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act, and the
Regulations thereunder, specifically Stay-at-Home-Order, and the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to
COVID-19) Act, and the Regulations thereunder, specifically Rules for Areas in Stage 1, the Medical Officer of
Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit deems it reasonable and necessary to close all
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ (OFSC) trails and trails utilizing Crown Land in the Health Unit
district effective January 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. throughout the entire district served by the North Bay Parry
Sound District Health Unit in order to decrease or eliminate the risk to community health presented by COVID
-19.
“We have been told to stay home and we need to do this. I have received many complaints about people
travelling from other districts to use the local snowmobile trails, thus putting our district at risk of COVID-19.
The OFSC recommends that snowmobilers avoid trailering and travelling to destinations that are outside their
health unit region to snowmobile, but people have not taken the direction seriously,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico,
Medical Officer of Health. “We are also seeing groups of snowmobilers congregating on trails, in parking lots
and other locations not maintaining a two metre distance and exceeding the gathering limits.”
On January 12, 2021, the province of Ontario announced the change in outdoor gathering limits from 10 to
five. Individuals must maintain a two metre physical distance from people they do not live with. Individuals
who live alone are allowed to be in close contact with one unique home, but must physically distance with
anyone who does not live in that home. Face coverings are also recommended to be worn outdoors.
“I do not recommend anyone gather with people you do not live with or if you live alone people who are not
a part of your unique close contact home,” states Dr. Chirico. “We are seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases
locally and the provincial projections do not look good. Our local hospitals have very little surge capacity and
limited resources which must be protected for the health and safety of our community. We must take extra
precautions to keep our district safe. However, the key is we must all work together.”
Outdoor physical activity, such as walking, running, playing outside and biking are important for physical and
mental health and still recommended by the Health Unit. However, all activities outside the house need to be

Please click link below to review Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the
Provincewide Shutdown.

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Effective immediately all outdoor rinks in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit area have been ordered closed by the Medical Officer of Health in response to the Stay-at-Home-Order issued.
This closure includes the Township of Nipissing outdoor rink located at Heritage Park.
News Release – Health Unit Closes Skating Rinks and Tobogganing Hills

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release: January 12, 2021
COVID-19 Outbreak at Eastholme Home for the Aged
NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a respiratory
outbreak at Eastholme Home for the Aged – the causative agent is COVID-19. Aligning with the Ministry of
Health guidelines for an outbreak in a long-term care home, a COVID-19 outbreak is declared with a single
laboratory-confirmed case in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home. The individual who tested
positive is a staff member at the long-term care home. The individual is currently in isolation and individuals
who are high-risk contacts have been contacted by the Health Unit and are self-isolating.
“Our staff are working with Eastholme to provide important public health direction,” said Dr. Jim Chirico
Medical Officer of Health. “It is critical that we continue to follow public health measures to help slow the
spread of COVID-19 and help save lives.”
The Health Unit is asking the public to continue to practice COVID-19 public health measures especially
limiting travel outside your home to essential trips only. Other measures include physical distancing, wearing
a face covering, washing or sanitizing hands often and coughing or sneezing into your sleeve. The public is
also required to follow the measures under the provincewide shutdown.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first
self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek 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.
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.
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Media Inquiries:
Alex McDermid, Public Relations Specialist
P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

For immediate release: January 12, 2021

Health Unit Confirms No COVID-19 Risk to the White Woods School Community

 
NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is confirming that two members of the White Woods school community tested positive for COVID-19 last week while schools were closed and students were online learning. There is no risk to the White Woods school community and the individuals are self-isolating at home.

Media Inquiries:

Alex McDermid, Public Relations Specialist
P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808
E: communications@healthunit.ca

Health Unit – Issuing COVID-19 Class Order

NIPISSING & PARRY SOUND, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health has made the important decision to issue a Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the Medical Office of Health determines the Order is no longer required. The Order enables North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to enforce self-isolation requirements for the group of individuals whom it applies.
“A key role of Public Health in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is to identify, contact and ensure those testing positive for the virus and high risk individuals are isolating as quickly as possible,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “It is important that our district follows all public health measures, and when individuals who are required to self-isolate by public health are not following the rules we need to be able to take additional and immediate action.”
The Order is different from the provincial shutdown. Where the provincial shutdown asks everyone in Ontario to only leave home for essential purposes and to not be in close contact with anyone outside your home, the Order applies to all persons residing in or present in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region who are required by public health to self-isolate, including those who:
a. Are a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19;
b. Have new symptoms (even mild symptoms) or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results of their test;
c. Have symptoms (even mild symptoms) of COVID-19, or have had such symptoms within the past 10 days;
d. Are a close contact of a person identified in (a) even if they do not themselves have any symptoms of COVID-19; or
e. Are a parent, or person with responsibilities of a parent, of a person under sixteen years of age identified in (a), (b), (c) or (d) who resides or is present in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region.
People in Categories (a), (b), (c) and (d) above must self-isolate and follow other directions in the Order.
The purpose of Category (e) is to require parents and others who have the responsibilities of a parent to ensure compliance with the class order by any person under 16 years of age.
Parents and others must self-isolate only if they themselves also fall within Category (a), (b), (c) or (d).
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, with support from police services, will enforce the Order. Failure to comply with this Order is an offence for which you may be charged, or liable to a fine of $880.00 (ticket) to a maximum of $5,000 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur. The Medical Officer of Health may also have individuals taken into custody (in a hospital or other appropriate facility) during their self-isolation period, if they are not in compliance or cannot comply with self-isolation requirements.
Complete information on the COVID-19 Class order can be found at myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19ClassOrder including a Frequently Asked Questions section.
The public is reminded to follow public health measures including the provincial shutdown, which comes into effect on December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. For more information on COVID-19 visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

Health Unit – News Release: COVID-19 Recommendations For The Holidays

NORTH BAY, ON – The holidays are fast approaching and decisions on how to celebrate are coming up fast. The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is reminding the public to plan for this holiday season to look different this year. The safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else.
“We’ve all made a lot of sacrifices this year and it is understandable the people will want to spend time with their loved ones, but we ask that this be done at a safe distance. We have seen an increase in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 locally and throughout the province. Making the sacrifice to celebrate differently this year can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health.
The Health Unit is recommending that the public practice the following:
• Do not travel out of district unless for urgent or medical reasons.
o If you choose to travel, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving the district and isolate for 14 days upon return.
• Only celebrate in-person with individuals you live with. If you live alone, you may consider joining one other home.
• Celebrate virtually with individuals outside your home.
• Support local businesses and opt for curbside pickup when available rather than shopping in-store or outside the district.
• If you feel unwell, stay home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19.
• Keep your plans flexible. As the situation changes your plans might need to change too.
Please remember that having a “bubble” or a social circle is no longer recommended by the province, and you are asked to only come into close contact with individuals from your home.
For more information on COVID-19 and the holidays visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19Holidays.