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Local COVID-19 cases spike Friday. Up 15

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit says the number of active cases has now risen to 55
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COVID-19 vaccination supplies.

There has been a big rise in COVID cases in the region Friday, surging to 15. That brings the total since the pandemic started to 522.

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit says the number of active cases has now risen to 55, all but one in the Nipissing District. Four are now in hospital.

The percentage of adults with at least one dose of vaccine has hit 72, with 18 per cent now fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jim Chirico says he does not support the idea of moving into Stage 2 of the reopening plan. Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford stated he is planning to meet with the province's health table to see if the province is ready to move into another stage of reopening. 

Dr. Chirico supports the 21-day interval between reopening stages. 

See: Chirico does not support reopening early

And, a platoon at the North Bay Police Service that was in close contact with a COVID-19 case has completed its quarantine period and now are able to return to work. 

See: North Bay Police officers out of quarantine; tested negative for COVID-19

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

The Sudbury Health Unit reports three new cases and 20 active cases.

The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit reports 19 new cases and 141 active cases.

The Health Unit there says is accepting applications for volunteer support in the COVID-19 vaccination clinics located in Huntsville, Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia, and Bracebridge.  Clinic volunteers provide essential support in non-clinical roles and help contribute to an excellent client experience.

See: Health unit seeking volunteers for local vaccination clinics