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Home addresses plays a role in Timiskaming Health Unit COVID case decrease

Meanwhile, the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit case count remains at 40, with 39 resolved and one death.
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The Timiskaming Health Unit has revised its COVID-19 total case count downwards.

It has now officially decreased from 19 to 16.

"A decrease is not an unusual occurrence for health units but it becomes notable for those units with smaller numbers, hence we are highlighting this change via a press release," says Ryan Peters, Communications Manager.

Positive cases are attributed to a health unit by the patient’s address.

"At the time of diagnosis in August, Case #19 did not have a known fixed address. We recently were advised that Case #19 has now been determined to have a home address in another Ontario Health Unit jurisdiction so this case has been removed from our count. This notification also led to a review of our district’s first two cases with the Ministry of Health. These two patients have now been recorded as cases in another province so they too are off our statistics, bringing the total COVID-19 case count for Timiskaming Health Unit district down to 16."

Meanwhile, the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit case count remains at 40, with 39 resolved and one death.

In a news release today it said post-secondary institutions across our district have started classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

"Traditionally many of the students move to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s district to attend school locally. In accordance with provincial guidance documents from Public Health Ontario, a student will be counted in our Health Unit’s case count for COVID-19 if they are residing in our Health Unit district most of the time, at the time of diagnosis. At this time, the Health Unit does not have any active cases of COVID-19."

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