The COVID-19 numbers have been easy to count, but the hundreds of hours put in by North Bay Parry Sound District staff members from vaccination clinics to contact tracing may be very difficult to keep track of since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020.
Dr. Jim Chirico, Chief Medical Officer at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says he is proud of his staff for all the work they have done.
"They have been relentless in working non-stop," Dr. Chirico stated during Thursday's online media conference.
"We do not have a large staff but what we have done certainly is we have gotten them to work in many different areas and they do it and do it with a smile.
Chirico says his staff has had to adapt to changes that come with dealing with a pandemic.
"They have done a fantastic job to fill in to whatever the need is," noted Chirico.
Chirico also credits the support the Health Unit has received from the community.
"I would also like to point out too, it is not just our staff, we have had a lot of volunteers; we have hired people," said Dr. Chirico.
"The whole community has stepped up and primary care, the hospitals, many service organizations, have come together to really fight this battle together. It is tremendous what they have all done.
"It is not over yet, I know many people are tired. The public has done a great job keeping the numbers low as well but we have a little ways to go."