North Bay school confirms first positive case of COVID-19
(File photo) North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
SUDBURY -- In a news release issued late Sunday afternoon, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit announced that a school in the Nipissing District has had an individual test positive for COVID-19.
The release did not name the school or school board and affirmed there is no outbreak at the time of publishing.
The health unit says it is working with the school board to notify all close contacts directly.
A notice on Near North District School Board's website has identified two positive cases at Chippewa Secondary School Monday morning.
In the release, public health officials said “there is no evidence to suggest that this case was exposed at school. At this time there is no outbreak at the school.”
The individual who tested positive is now self-isolating and is a close contact of another positive case in the district.
“Our staff are working with the school to provide important public health direction,” said Dr. Jim Chirico Medical Officer of Health.
“The Health Unit will be contacting close contacts of the case to provide further direction on isolation requirements and testing.”
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, visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.
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