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North Bay Mayor says new COVID-19 cases are a 'Wake-up Call'

'Today we have four new cases in our district which is the highest one day jump in our district'
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Mayor Al McDonald speaks at the last public press conference before the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.

The Mayor of North Bay says Friday is a "wake-up call" for the region with news of four new COVID-19 cases in the North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit region including a pair of outbreaks at long term care homes including Waters Edge in North Bay.  

"Today we have four new cases in our district which is the highest one day jump in our district," McDonald stated on social media Friday. 

See related: Health Unit declares second outbreak, this time a North Bay long term care facility

See related: Local Health Unit declares outbreak in district long-term care home

Two cases have been reported at Belvedere Heights in Parry Sound with another single case at the Waters Edge long term care home. The fourth case today is a male 60-79 and the cause of COVID-19 in that individual is still considered under investigation. 

Currently, there have been 35 cases in the region with only one death.  A total of 24 of the 35 cases are in the North Bay area and 29 of the district cases have been resolved.  

McDonald believes this is a sign we will be having more cases.  

"Just when you thought it was safe," said McDonald.  

"Reality hits hard. We are letting our guard down, and everyone sees it. We encourage strongly again, please follow the protocols, physical distancing, good hygiene, wear a face covering if you are able.

"We will see more guaranteed, please don't be one of them. Let's get back on track North Bay, our front lines workers and our families are depending on you."

Chris Dawson

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