Public Service Announcement: Individual from White Woods Public School Tests Positive for COVID-19

Posted on Thursday April 15, 2021

WEST NIPISSING, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed an individual from White Woods Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was at school during their infectious period. Members of the Grade 8 cohort are asked to self-isolate.

The individual boarded the #52 Alouette Bus Lines route on April 8, which also serves students from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Elementary School and Northern Secondary School. The individuals from bus route #52 are already required to self-isolate due to a case at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Elementary School. However, at this time there is no confirmed link between the cases and they travelled on the bus on different days. Case management and contact tracing are ongoing.

An outbreak has not been declared, and the Health Unit is working closely with the school and Near North District School Board to ensure all high-risk contacts are contacted.

If you are a parent or guardian of a student at White Woods Public School and have questions, please contact the Health Unit at school.nurses@healthunit.ca or by calling the Health Unit’s School Call Centre at 1-800-563-2808 and following the prompts. Please note that because of high call volumes to the Health Unit’s vaccine booking centre, phone lines may be busy.

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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Catherine Levac-Lafond, Bilingual Media Relations Coordinator
P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808
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