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COVID case count tops 400 mark with five new ones today, but vaccinations break 50%

The 54,494 vaccinations represents 50 per cent of the over 18 population. 
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The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit reported a dubious benchmark today as the district hit the 404 figure for total COVID cases since the pandemic started.

Of the five new cases, two were in Nipissing. 

There are now 38 active cases, 25 in the Parry Sound District.

On a more positive note, the 54,494 vaccinations represents 50 per cent of the over 18 population. 

Earlier today it was reported that high-risk health care workers at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, throughout the district, and across the province are expected to receive their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine sooner.

See: High-risk workers to receive second vaccine doses sooner

Also, the Ontario government is spending $35 million to increase enrolment in nursing education programs in publicly funded colleges and universities, Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton announced this morning.

See: Ontario increasing training spaces to add 2,000 nurses to the health care system

The Timiskaming Health Unit reports just two active cases.

The Sudbury Health Unit reports two new cases today. It has 66 active cases.

The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit reports 57 new cases today and 905 active cases. Young adults (18-34 years) have had the highest rates of infection since February 2021.

Jeff Turl

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