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Health Unit investigating local close contacts of coronavirus carrier

The close contacts have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days and the Health Unit is awaiting test results
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The Health Unit is presently investigating a COVID-19 case that has consequences for North Bay area residents. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

The local Health Unit says it was officially notified late yesterday morning of someone who tested positive for COVID-19  but lives outside our district.

So it's now actively following up with the person's close contacts that do live in our district.

See: Nipissing West OPP officer tests positive

"The close contacts have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days and the Health Unit is awaiting test results," according to a news release.

"Due to privacy legislation, the Health Unit is unable to share details about these individuals. The Health Unit will notify the public when an individual who resides in our district tests positive for COVID-19.

"Our response is evidence-based and is in accordance with Ministry of Health direction and guidance," it continues.

The Health Unit fully expects there will be people who test positive for COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s district at some point.

Their website says 169 tests have been done in our district, and so far no positive results had been reported. 

It indicates 83 have returned negative and 86 are still pending.

"The public plays an important role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives."

Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that four out of five people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808.

Jeff Turl

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