News Release: Member of Nipissing University Community Tests Positive for COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday November 18, 2020

NORTH BAY, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed a member of the Nipissing University community has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact tracing is underway and individuals who are deemed at high risk will be contacted by the Health Unit, individuals who are not contacted by the Health Unit are not considered at high risk. Should our investigation and contact tracing identify an increased risk to members of the community beyond those identified as close contacts, the public will be notified. The individual is currently self-isolating.

“Our staff are working with Nipissing University to provide important public health direction,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “We remind the public that we must continue to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following public health measures and limiting social activities and travel outside the district.”

The Health Unit encourages everyone to remain ‘COVID Kind’ and continue to support each other through these unprecedented times. Continue to follow public health measures including physical distancing, wearing a face covering, washing or sanitizing hands often, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve.

Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. 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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