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Another five COVID cases Wednesday

There are 72 active cases, 69 from the Nipissing District and just three in Parry Sound
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The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at North Bay Regional Hospital.

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit reports five new COVID cases today, all from the Nipissing District, bringing the total to 562 since the pandemic began.

There are 72 active cases, 69 from the Nipissing District and just three in Parry Sound. 

Just over 72 per cent of adults have at least one vaccination with almost 23 per cent fully vaccinated.

The outbreak at the North Bay jail has reached 33, leading authorities to close the facility for at least two weeks.

See: COVID-19 to force North Bay Jail to temporarily close

Approximately 61 inmates from the North Bay Jail will be transferred to other facilities that have the capacity and ability to isolate these inmates under droplet precautions separately from the general population. 

Also, we learned today that the Health Unit was involved in holding a pop-up vaccination clinic on the corner of Third Avenue and Ferguson Street in North Bay on Monday amid rumours that a COVID-19 outbreak is happening within the North Bay homeless community.  

See: Health Unit conducts vaccinations for the homeless

The Timiskaming Health Unit reports no new cases and no active cases.

The Sudbury Health Unit reports six new cases and 35 active cases. There has also been one additional death, raising that number to 31.

The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit reports nine new cases today and 110 active cases.

Also today, the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health is urging you to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you are eligible, and to take the first vaccine that is offered for a first or second dose.

See: Moderna and Pfizer are interchangeable say medical officers. Don't wait, they urge

And, Premier Doug Ford says his government may move Ontario into the second phase of its reopening plan earlier than scheduled.

Ford says an announcement will come "very shortly," following discussions with the province's top doctor.

See: Ontario may move into Step 2 of reopening plan earlier than planned: Ford