COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Call Centre Open on Family Day, February 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1-800-563-2808, option 5COVID-19 Call Centre: 1-800-563-2808, Option 5


The area serviced by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit will stay in shutdown with the Stay-at-Home Order in effect until at least March 8, 2021, at which point the situation will be re-evaluated. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time. Find out about the public health measures and restrictions. 


In a livestream press conference on February 24, 2021, Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health, provided information on  COVID-19 vaccines, Variants of Concern, local outbreaks, test results and the shutdown extension. Watch the recording here:


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District Case Count and Outbreaks
What You Can Do
School and Child Care Information
How COVID-19 Spreads
Browse COVID-19 Topics A-Z
Other Resources

District Case Counts and Status

Case counts are updated Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.
Last updated: March 4, 2021

Nipissing - 172 3 0 166 3
Parry Sound - 95 3 1 91 1
Total 103,290 267 6 1 257 4

Visit our COVID-19 Cases page for more details.

New: View information on confirmed cases related to the outbreak at Skyline-Lancelot Apartments.

  • Cases are those that have received a positive COVID-19 test result who have a permanent address within our Health Unit's district. It also includes students attending a post-secondary institution if they are residing in our Health Unit's district most of the time, at the time of diagnosis.

Variant of Concern (VOC) Cases

DistrictCases with Preliminary
Positive VOC Tests
Variant Originating
from South Africa (B.1.351)
Variant Originating
from United Kingdom (B.1.1.7)
Total Preliminary or
Confirmed VOC Cases
Nipissing 14 16 0 30
Parry Sound 1 0 2 3
Total 15 16 2 33


  • Caution should be taken when interpreting VOC data due to the time delay between specimen collection, preliminary screening and confirmation of the strain.
  • Due to a number of factors, not all samples with a preliminary positive VOC test will be genotyped to determine the exact strain. All genotyping received by the Health Unit will be posted here.

Outbreaks in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, Schools, and Child Care Centres

Facility TypeCurrentTotal
Long-Term Care Home/Retirement Home 1 7
School 0 0
Child Care Centre 0 0


To get tested for COVID-19, call an assessment centre directly to book an appointment. You can also take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a test. COVID-19 testing is currently not available at a pharmacy in our district. 

For more information: COVID-19 testing. 

Test Results

Check your results on the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Test Result website. Test results can take four to ten days to be returned.


Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

A Class Order is in effect for the North Bay Parry Sound district region, requiring you to self-isolate if you have symptoms. Learn more about the Class Order.  

Call 911 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • losing consciousness
Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death.

What You Can Do

  • Download the COVID Alert App on your smartphone
  • Limit social interactions to only members of your home, both indoors and outdoors. If you live alone, you may consider having close contact with another home.
  • Wear a face covering when outside with people who live outside your home.
  • Limit travel outside the home to essential reasons such as attending school or work - if unable to work from home – and trips for groceries, medication, and medical appointments. 
  • Limit exercise and recreation to outdoor spaces where physical distancing is possible.
  • Avoid travel outside of our district, especially to areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, unless for emergencies or urgent medical appointments.
  • Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, strongly recommends that individuals over the age of 70, individuals who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions self-isolate.

In addition, protect your health and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community by using these simple, easy and routine practices:

  • Practice physical distancing – stay two metres from those who are outside of your home. If you live alone, you may consider having close contact with another home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge in enclosed public spaces and outdoors, unless exempt.
  • Clean high touch surfaces frequently.
  • Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  •  If you have symptoms, stay home, self-isolate immediately and arrange to be tested. A Class Order is in effect for the North Bay Parry Sound district region, requiring you to self-isolate if you have symptoms. Learn more about the Class Order. 

Although rare, there have been some reports of people getting COVID-19 more than once. To protect yourself and others, the Health Unit recommends that people who recover from COVID-19 continue to practice physical distancing and prevention practices (e.g., hand washing)

More information:

School and Child Care Information

Find information on screening, symptoms and return to school/child care.

You can also contact our COVID-19 Schools Response Team directly at 1-800-563-2808, option 6.

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 causes infections of the nose, throat and lungs.

The virus is most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • Respiratory droplets and aerosols (smaller droplets that stay in the air) created when you cough or sneeze.
  • Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that COVID-19 (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Browse COVID-19 Topics A-Z:

Businesses and Workplaces
COVID-19 Class Order Under Section 22
COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Vaccine
Face Coverings
Food and COVID-19
Grocery Services
Hand Sanitizers
International Travel
Mental Health
Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and COVID-19
News Releases
Pregnancy, Childbirth & Infant Feeding during COVID-19
Private Social Gatherings
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Reporting Complaints
Schools and COVID-19
Self-Isolation and COVID-19 in your Home
Sports, Recreation and COVID-19
Substance Use and COVID-19

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