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COVID-19 Update (398) Hospitalizations hit record level. 4250 new cases today. Sudbury reports 14 new cases, 3rd day straight of 14. North Bay lowest in Ontario per capita for cases.

NORTH BAY: We are still the lowest per capita ion Ontario at 252/100K. Algoma is 2nd with 256/100K. Sudbury is 904/100K. The highest 2 districts are Peel at 9051.6/100K followed by Toronto at 4131.1/100K. Locally there have been 31,421 doses administered in our district (The total number and percentage may not include those given at the local pharmacies). Our average is 28.65% which is above the Provincial and Federal averages. Vaccination clinics go Monday. You are doing great North Bay.
SUDBURY: Reports 14 new cases tests for the 3rd day in a row. Their active cases are down by two, to 182. Five of those active cases have been identified as VOC.
ONTARIO: Reports 4,250 new cases and 18 more deaths
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 2,107 hospitalized (up 42 and marking a record). There are 741 in ICU (up by 15), 506 on a ventilator (up by five). THE province noted that more than 10% of hospitals did not submit their daily bed census for Sunday’s report, possibly causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.
POSITIVITY RATE: positivity rate for the last day was 9.2 per cent, which is up from Saturday’s report, when it was 6.9 per cent, and up from last Sunday’s report, when it was 7.7 per cent.
VACCINATIONS: As of 8 p.m. Saturday, 3,837,881 vaccine doses had been administered, marking an increase of 86,565. That’s a drop compared to recent days, when the number of doses administered surpassed 100,000 each day.

COVID-19 Update (397) Ontario Hospitalizations surpass 2000 (2,065) ICU hit 726 and those on ventilators 501.


NORTH BAY: Our health unit call centre was open today, booking appointments for our citizens moving forward. The vaccination clinic is working extremely well. Currently 28.65% of our residents have at least 1 dose which Is higher than the Provincial and Federal average.

ONTARIO: Reports 4,362 new cases on today , as those hospitalized with the virus topped 2,000 for the first time in the pandemic. Additional 34 deaths today, the highest single-day death count since Feb. 19 when 47 fatalities were recorded. Yesterday Ontario reported a record 4,812 new cases , while the previous record of 4,736 was logged on Thursday and 4,156 cases were reported on Wednesday. The 7 day rolling average now stands at 4,370, up by 1,000 from a week ago

VACCINATIONS: As of Friday evening, more than 3.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the province, with 107,278 shots given out yesterday. More than 344,200 have been fully vaccinated against the virus

COVID-19 Update (396) Grim announcement regarding Hospitalizations. No new cases today here. North Bay now the LOWEST in Ontario for cases.

NORTH BAY: No new cases today, 2 are resolved and now 19 active cases in district. We are now the lowest in Ontario per capita for cases at 250.5/100K. Algoma is 2nd at 254.3/100K With the grim news around the country, we are showing the way with the Lowest cases per capita in Ontario. Well done but we are not out of danger. Please keep following the protocols and stay the course.
ONTARIO: Reports 4,812 new cases today, a new record. An increase from yesterday’s 4,726 cases—a record at the time. There were 4,156 cases reported on Wednesday, 3,670 on Tuesday and 4,401 on Monday. The rolling seven-day average for daily case counts now stands at about 4,292.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: The province is also marking another grim milestone with more than 700 being treated in ICU, 480 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
GRIM ANNOUNCEMENT: On Friday, the medical director of critical care at Michael Garron Hospital said the surge in ICU cases will likely mean hospitals will have to soon implement a triage protocol where doctors prioritize patients based on likelihood of survival. "Every hospital has gone through simulation of this," Dr. Michael Warner stated. "It is our greatest fear and I actually can't see a situation where some form of triage doesn't take place."
New modeling suggests that the number of patients in Ontario’s ICUs will exceed 1,000 by the end of April in every single scenario, raising the spectre that the province may have to formally invoke its triage protocol to decide who gets a bed. The modelling suggests that the number will reach 800 by next week and 1,000 the week after, regardless of what action the Ford government chooses to take.
PREMIER TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT: Will update with details.

COVID-19 Update (395)Good news locally again, only 2 new cases. Grim news Provincially, record daily numbers (4736) and ICU admissions (659) today.

NORTH BAY: Good news on vaccination percentages Locally. We are over both the Canadian and Ontario averages for vaccinations. More than 26% of our citizens in the district have been given at least 1 does (27.82%).
We are reporting 2 new cases today, 1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound. Total case count stands at 326. We have 21 active cases and 1 Hospitalized.
COVID PER 100K: Another good news story is we are almost tied for the lowest COVID cases per capital in Ontario. Currently Algoma is registering 248.2/100K and we are registering 248.9/100K. Looking west Sudbury is 3 times higher at 883.3/100K.
BE PROUD: Well done North Bay, you are definitely doing it right. I just has to look across the country and globe to see how well we are doing. Much appreciation, credit and thanks to our citizens, local businesses and frontline staff for this achievement.
ONTARIO: Reporting a new record high of 4,736 new cases today. The the past 7 days, 5 days have reported over 4000 new cases daily.Ontario looking at possible new measures to curb increase.
HOSPITALIZATION; There are 1,932 hospitalized (up by 55 from yesterday) with an all-time high of 659 in ICU (up by 17) and 442 on a ventilator (unchanged).

COVID-19 Update (394) Good news here. We have 2 new cases to report with 3 cases resolved.

NORTH BAY: We have 2 new cases both in the Nipissing district as well as 3 resolved. Our total case count now is 324 with 21 active cases.
Currently 29,156 doses administered in our district. We now have 26.85% of citizens in the district with at least one dose. (Canadian average is 20.99%). Vaccination clinic continues here in the city still receiving outstanding reviews.
ONTARIO: Reports 4,156 new cases today with 28 additional deaths. Record daily vaccine doses administered today (112,817). The previous high was 108,563..
POSITIVITY RATE: The positivity rate just hit 10.3% of all tests, the highest since the start of the pandemic.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 1,877 in hospitals, of which 642 are in ICU with 422 on ventilators. Hospitalizations are raising fast.

COVID-19 Update (393-B). 4 new cases today, 1 resolved. Sudbury reports 59 new cases in 2 days. North Bay health unit assisting Sudbury for contact management.

NORTH BAY: 4 new cases today with 1 resolved. We now have a total of 322 cases. We now have 22 active cases. Please be careful out there. Our community safety is in all our hands. Vaccinations are continuing but it is a race against the VOC.
SUDBURY: Reports 18 new cases today and 41 new cases Monday. Unfortunately a person has died, the 24th fatality in the area connected to the disease since the pandemic began. Another 39 previously reported cases screened positive for COVID variants, bringing the area's total to 573 variant cases out of 1,758 total cases. With the rising numbers, Public Health revealed Tuesday it has been getting help dealing with the hundreds of active cases in its area from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. “
With the recent surge in cases of COVID-19 locally, their staff have been supporting us with case and contact management," the health unit tweeted. Their help "has gone a long way to help protect the health of our communities and we are grateful for their support."
Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (392) Ontario Hospitalizations and ICU admissions hit record highs. Positivity rates top 10%.

NORTH BAY: Our average for vaccinations sit at 24.9% of residents in the district. Our vaccination clinic is running full out and the feedback continues to be very positive. With the surge of new cases throughout Ontario, Canada and the globe, we ask everyone to stay focused. This 3rd wave is tending to be very damaging and we need everyone to be extremely careful. You are doing great however but it does not take much to see a surge here.
ONTARIO: Reports 3,670 cases today as the test positivity rate topped 10 % for the first time and total admissions to hospitals and ICUs climbed to new pandemic highs.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 1,822 in hospital. Of those, 626 are in ICU and 422 on a ventilator. Record highs.
Hospitalizations in the province previously peaked at 1,701 on January 12, based on the ministry's data.
Please be very careful out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COVID-19 Update (392-B) Ontario Schools closed for “in classroom instruction“ indefinitely. (Please share with parents). An additional 3 cases this afternoon to add to the 4 this morning.

NORTH BAY: This morning there were 4 new cases (Friday and Saturday) and this afternoon we have learned an additional 3 new cases (Sunday) have been added for a total of 7 news cases. Of the 7 new cases, 4 are in Nipissing and 3 are in Parry Sound. One case was resolved this afternoon so a total of 6 case resolved from the same period above. We have now currently 318 total cases with 18 active. Our active cases are getting to the high end of totals, that we have experienced in this pandemic.
SCHOOLS: Ontario students will not be returning to in classroom instruction following the School break this week. No period of time was announced other than at this time it is indefinite until further notice.
CANADA: Friday, April 9 marked the first day since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020 that Canada averaged more confirmed cases per million people than the U.S.
The running graphic from Our World in Data — which uses statistics from Johns Hopkins University to juxtapose the seven-day average number of cases in both countries — showed that trend continuing on Saturday.
Experts say differences in the countries' vaccine rollouts and the presence of more transmissible variants in Canada contributed to this situation, but context is critical when comparing what's happening in both countries. Below chart is how many vaccines have been administered

COVID-19 Update (392) 4 new cases today and 5 resolved. Ontario reports 2nd straight day of over 4000 cases, record high ICU admissions.

NORTH BAY: There are 4 new cases today (2 in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound). Good news is there were 5 cases resolved. Our total case count now stands at 315.
The Vaccination Clinic is busy today and everything is going well.
Be proud North Bay, we are doing our part to keep our community low risk.
ONTARIO: Not so good news. For the 2nd day in a row, health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 4,456 new cases.
HOSPITALIZATION: 1,646 are hospitalized (up by 133 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 619 in ICU (up by 14) and 408 in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 26).

COVID-19 Update (391) Ontario marks record new cases today. Sudbury reports 19 new cases with 238 active cases

ONTARIO: With Ontario setting a record for the number of new cases in a single day — 4,456 — a Toronto infectious disease expert cautioned everyone to expect rough days ahead. Sunday’s tally topped the previous single-day record of 4,227 cases, set just two days earlier.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,513 currently in Hospital with 605 in ICU and 382 on a ventilator. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a Toronto-based infectious disease expert “There’s no room in our ICUs,” He warn further and added “We’re about to open field hospitals imminently in the GTA, caring for people in tents outside of the hospital,” he added. “This is going to happen in the next day or coming days. This is happening. If that’s not a big, red flag I don’t know what is.”
NORTH BAY: Our vaccination clinic is continuing to receive high marks. Currently 23% of residents in our district have received at least 1 dose. Provincially the average is 19% so we are over the average depending on graph and area. We are ahead of Canadian average as well. (US average is 35.3% with one dose) Our Clinic is a go for next week. On behalf of our citizens, I would like to thank the nurses, medical professionals, health unit and city staff and all the volunteers doing their part at the clinic. Well done.
SUDBURY: Adds an additional 19 cases and has 238 active cases. Their medical officer of health calls their situation “very serious”.
CANADA: -- Daily new confirmed cases in Canada have skyrocketed amid the third wave of the pandemic and have now outpaced the United States per capita.
As of Saturday, the rolling seven-day average number of new cases in Canada was 207.27 cases per million people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford's Our World in Data explorer. In the U.S., it's 206.66 cases per million people.
The U.S. has also significantly outpaced Canada in terms of vaccinations. As of Sunday, around 18.9 % of Canada's population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Sunday that 35.3 per cent of the U.S population has received at least one dose.

COVID-19 Update (390)Hang in North Bay, you are doing great while trends in the country surpasses US for 1st time

NORTH BAY: You are doing great. Currently 23% of our district has received at least the 1st dose. A total of 25,505 vaccines have been administered. We are still the 2nd lowest in the Province for COVID at 238.9/100K. Algoma is still the lowest at 226.3/100K. To put our number in perspective, Sudbury is more than 3 times higher at 824.5/100K.
It is a difficult and strange time for all of us. The weather has been great and outdoor activities such as walking, biking or access to over 72 parks, 300Kms of trails allows us extra space. Stay as positive as you can, as you can see other jurisdictions are really struggling with outbreaks, high Hospitalizations rates, high case counts and unfortunately loss of life. North Bay has done their part thanks to our citizens and local businesses.
The race of our lifetime between “ Vaccination vs VOC” is on. We can’t lose this race. To win, we must keep doing what are doing. We will win if we stay the course. If we let down now, it will be a different story. Be Proud, we are a shining light in Ontario and right across the country
SUDBURY: Adds another 24 new cases today, 37 new cases Friday. Their medical officer of health has called their situation as very serious.
ONTARO: Reports 3,813 new cases today. The positivity rate for the last day was 6.5%, which is up from Friday when it was 6.3 %, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 5%
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 1,524 hospitalized (up by 32), with 585 in ICU (up by 33), 384 on a ventilator (up by 25).
CANADA: Canada’s COVID case rate tops U.S. as country continues to lag in vaccinations. For the first time since the pandemic began, Canada's rate of new cases of COVID has eclipsed that of the United States. Our World In Data now shows that on Friday, Canada reported 205.73 new cases per million on a rolling seven-day average, relative to the country's population, while the United States sat at 205.12. Canada has also fallen significantly behind the U.S. when it comes to its vaccine roll-out plan. Canada is lacking domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity, has relied entirely on imported shots. However, repeated delays from manufacturers and a competitive market have hampered Canada's attempts to get shots into arms as quickly as possible.
TOP DOCTOR: Canada's top doctor Theresa Tam said the "race" between vaccine rollout and the spread of the new, more transmissible variants is "at a critical point."

COVID-19 Update (389-B). SUDBURY: The situation is called very serious. Outbreaks declared in workplaces, daycares and post secondary education facilities. They report 37 new cases.

SUDBURY: Medical officer of health Dr Penny Sutcliffe states “ “The situation locally is very serious“. Of the 37, more than half of all recent cases have screened positive for VOCs. There are 16 patients Hospitalized with 5 in ICU. There are an additional 28 admitted currently being "investigated" for COVID. There are 493 cases that are "screened positive" for VOC, an increase of 16 cases over yesterday.
Sudbury has 242 active cases currently.
Please stay home, stay in the district, support our local businesses and frontline workers.

COVID-19 Update (389). Three new cases today. 23% of our population in the district have received at least 1 dose. Ontario records 2nd highest daily total today

NORTH BAY: 3 new cases to report today bringing our total count to 311. 2 cases were resolved. We now have 17 active cases. Good news is 23% of our population in the district have received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.
ONTARIO: Ontario is reporting a record number of new cases as record hospitalization numbers continue to place further strain on the healthcare system.
The Ministry of Health says that there were 4,227 new cases confirmed on Thursday, along with another 18 deaths.

COVID-19 Update (388). 6 new cases to report., 3 cases resolved. We now have 16 active cases. Ontario records 3,295 cases and administered a record high 108,563 vaccines.

NORTH BAY: 6 new cases today and also 3 have been resolved. We now have 19 active cases. Vaccination clinic continues to run daily and continue to receive accolades.
ONTARIO: Reports 3,295 new cases today, as public health units administered a record-high 108,563 doses of vaccine and a renewed provincewide stay-at-home order went into effect at midnight.
Canada: Canada may be on track to surpass U.S. in number of new COVID cases relative to population. Canada is on the verge of matching — perhaps surpassing — the United States in the number of new COVID-19 cases relative to its population.

COVID-19 Update (388) We are reporting 2 new cases today. No cases resolved. State of Emergency declared

NORTH BAY: 2 new cases today, 1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound. Currently there are 13 active cases.
ONTARIO: Declares a 3rd State of Emergency and a Stay at Home Order Province wide effective Thursday 12:01am. This is due to increasing cases rates, ICU admissions and high Hospitalizations

COVID-19 (387) One new case to report today. 1 resolved case. A total of 11 active cases. Province reports over 3000 cases again

NORTH BAY: 1 new case to report today in the Nipissing district. 1 case was resolved and that leaves 11 active cases. Vaccination clinic is going well and continues to get high praise. We now have 18.6% of our citizens have been received at least one dose. A thank you to all staff responsible for making this happen. Please be careful out there!
ONTARIO: Reports 3065 new cases today.
As we can see the trend in the province and the country are upwards.

COVID-19 Update (386) There are 5 new cases from weekend, 1 resolved and 11 active cases. Ontario numbers from weekend average above 3000 daily.

NORTH BAY: Not the total we were looking for. There are 5 new cases 3 in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound). Our total case count is now 299 with 11 active cases. 1 case was resolved over the weekend. The vaccination clinic is fully booked today. The call centre is open from 10am to 3pm for those 70 + wanting to be vaccinated next week.
ONTARIO: On Sunday, 3,041 cases were reported and 2,938 on Monday. Friday saw 3089 new case and Saturday came in at 3,009.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There were 942 reported hospitalizations on Monday and 811 on Sunday (an increase of 146 over the past two days), with 494 in ICU on Monday and 476 on Sunday (an increase of 43 over the past two days), with 293 on a ventilator Monday and 262 Sunday (an increase of 32).
As we can see with Provincial trends going up significantly as well as Hospitalizations following the upward trend, we need to focused. The variant of concern (VOC) is the concern to be blunt. It is spreading faster and hitting harder than regular COVID strain. It is hitting the younger age population harder and those admitted are staying longer in the Hospital. The ICUs are under pressure as our medical professionals. Please continue to do your part and be proud of our communities response. You are doing great and the Provincial trend is out of our control. What we can control however, is our dedication to following the protocols to keep our risk profile low. Our citizens are making a difference

COVID-19 Update (385) ICU’s usage hit record highs. Very little data available today. Vaccination clinic fully booked.

NORTH BAY: Vaccination clinic fully booked today and tomorrow. Please be extra careful out there. The VOC is spreading fast through out the Province and evidence shows people are getting much sicker and for longer periods. When you are out for essential reasons, please make sure to follow the protocols to a “T”. Please no shaming of individuals that do contract COVID.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: Critical Care Services Ontario released a daily report showing record high intensive care unit numbers in the province, with 467 people in ICU.
ONTARIO: Reorted over 6000 cases in 2 days (Friday and Saturday).

COVID-19 Update (384-D) Cases increasing at a significant pace. Ontario reports almost 6100 new cases in last 2 days.

ONTARIO: Reorts 6,098 new cases from Friday and Saturday. On Friday, 3,089 cases were reported and on Saturday 3,009 were reported, marking the largest daily case counts since Jan. 17, when 3,422 were announced.

COVID-19 Update (384-C). Update on 55+ Answers; Vaccination from Northern Shores Pharmacy.

NORTH BAY: From Northern Shores: Good morning North Bay! We would like to assure all of North Bay and surrounding areas that you WILL be able to make online bookings for the the COVID VACCINE as early as mid-week next week, April 7th. Appointments will be made based on eligibility and supply.
We do not have any vaccines on site.
We are excited to start and we are eagerly looking forward to next week when booking systems are in place.

COVID Update (384-B) Local pharmacies 55+ Vaccines.

NORTH BAY: Hearing from citizens that they are being told that local pharmacies do not yet have a supply. Seems to be confusion out there. I am trying to follow up to get explanation for you. It is a holiday weekend but I am doing my best to get you answers.
UPDATE: northernshorespharmacy Good morning North Bay! We would like to assure all of North Bay and surrounding areas that you WILL be able to make online bookings for the the COVID VACCINE as early as mid-week next week, April 7th. Appointments will be made based on eligibility and supply.
We do not have any vaccines on site.
We are excited to start and we are eagerly looking forward to next week when booking systems are in place.

COVID-19 Update (384) Health Unit Call centre opens at 10am this morning for 70+. Selected local pharmacies taking bookings for 55+. Day 1 of Provincial shutdown. Our vaccination percentage is now 15.7%.

NORTH BAY 70+: Call centre is open from 10 to 3 pm today (705 474 1400). Weekend is now booked but they are taking appointments for Tuesday & on next week for 70+.
NORTH Bay 55+:***********Update**************. Hearing from citizens that local pharmacies are telling individuals they don’t have a supply. I am following up for everyone. ( Selected local pharmacies taking appointments for 55+ I have posted Information in comments below.)
SHUTDOWN: Please honour the recommendations and protocols, it is so important. We were concerned of another shutdown and the effective it will have on all of us. Your safety has always been the #1 priority. We are still 2nd lowest in the Province. The vaccination clinic is proceeding at a good rate and the feedback has been outstanding. Local selected pharmacies now have a supply for the 55+ age group.
This is a critical race between the VOC vs Vaccination. Our vaccination percentage now is 15.7% with at least one done. A total of 17,586 doses have been administered.

COVID-19 Update (383-B). Vaccination Clinic spots are full for weekend for 70+ Booking into next week. Province Wide Shutdown goes at midnight. 55+ vaccination details below

NORTH BAY: Vaccination clinic at maximum for long weekend. Health unit staff booking into next week for 70+. The call centre is open 10-3pm right thru the weekend. Please call 705 474 1400. The reviews of the clinic are outstanding. Thank you to all staff and volunteers for their dedication and expertise.
55+: A limited number of pharmacies in our district will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccination to individuals 55 or older (born in 1966 or before) as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021. This comes after Ontario announced yesterday that it is expanding the list of pharmacies and primary care locations who will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over.
The following pharmacies will be offering vaccination:
· Shoppers Drug Mart (Parry Sound)
· Wal-Mart Pharmacy (North Bay)
· Northern Shores Pharmacy (North Bay)
· Loblaw Pharmacy (Sturgeon Falls)
Individuals 55 and over who wish to book an appointment at participating pharmacies can call the pharmacies directly. For more information, visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine.
Happy Easter everyone

COVID-19 Update (383) Vaccinations available this weekend for 70 plus age group at Memorial Gardens (Must have an appointment)

NORTH BAY: The vaccination centre is open everyday this weekend as is the call centre to book appointments. The call centre is open 10-3pm all weekend. ( 705 474 1400 ).
I would like to thank all staff for working throughout the holiday weekend to keep people safe.
If you know anyone 70 plus, please share this with them. There are limited spots available this weekend. I believe today is full, there are limited spots available Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

COVID-19 Update (382) Vaccinations now available for 70-74 age group. (Please share with your family and friends)

North Bay Health Unit will be hosting clinics at Memorial Gardens in North Bay on Saturday, Apr. 3, Sunday, Apr. 4, and Monday, Apr. 5. Clinics are open to adults born in 1946 or before, as well as community health care workers who have received their email code from the Ministry of Health.
70-74: Adults 70 - 74 years of age are also able to book appointments by TELEPHONE ONLY by calling the Health Unit’s call centre at 1-800-563-2808 and following the prompts.
Additional vaccination clinics are being planned throughout our district for community health care workers and those born in 1951 and before as more vaccine is allocated to the Health Unit.
Appointments can be booked online through the provincial booking system (with the exception of adults 70 – 74) or by phone by calling the Health Unit’s call centre.
The Health Unit Call Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Apr. 2 to Monday, Apr. 5. Please note that appointments can be booked online seven days a week, 24 hours a day. More clinics throughout the district will be announced shortly.
For information on clinic locations, dates and times, please visit www.myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19Vaccine.

COVID-19 Update (381-B) Three new cases today

NORTH BAY: We have 3 new cases to report all in the Nipissing district. Total count is now 293. The mass vaccination clinic is running all weekend (Friday thru Monday). It is going well.
We are asking everyone to please be careful this long Easter weekend. Hopefully travel is not part of the holiday weekend.
SUDBURY: I will update when they release their numbers. They have reported 418 new cases in last 16 days.
ONTARIO: Reports a 7 straight day above 2000 cases (today is 2,333). The number of those in ICU stands at 421. This is the highest number since the pandemic started.
The Premier is going to make an announcement Thursday regarding the situation. The trend, VOC percentage and Hospitalization numbers will be factors in the decision making.

COVID-19 Update (381) Vaccination Centre (Positive feedback).

The Clinic is a go this weekend (Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, Easter Monday) If you are registered, please know it is a go.
NORTH BAY: I am hearing from a significant number of seniors and family members about how efficient and pleased they are with our mass vaccination centre at Memorial Gardens.
I would like to recognize the great work by City staff and health unit staff and volunteers at the centre. The feedback includes how friendly and helpful they are to putting peoples concerns at ease, the amount of assistance and making them feel comfortable. Well done everyone.
Currently a total of 16,181 doses (in the whole district not just MG) have been given. Our district percentage of individuals with at least one dose is between 12.8-14.3%

COVID-19 Update (380) 1 new case today, 1 resolved case and we are down to 4 active cases. Sudbury adds 32 cases. Ontario sees 2,336 new cases, Hospitalizations increase to 1,090.

SUDBURY: Reports 32 new cases and one new death for March 30. There are now 344 active cases. (In the last 16 days, they have seen 418 new cases).
NORTH BAY: Well done again North Bay, only 1 new case and 1 resolved. We now have 4 active cases, all in the Nipissing district. Total case count since the start of the pandemic is 290.
HOSPITALIZATION: There are 1,090 in hospital. The last time hospitalizations were that high was on Feb. 4 when there were 1,101 individuals are in hospital, 387 are being treated in the ICU and 249 are on a ventilator.
VOC: A new report from Ontario’s science advisory table released Monday showed that COVID variants of concern now account for 67% of all lab-confirmed cases.
ONTARIO: Reporting 2,336 new cases today. The 7 day average is at 2,207 cases. The 7 day average for deaths is at 14.0 daily. The tests results show a 6.2 per cent positivity rate. This is the second day in a row of the highest rates seen since January 19.

COVID-19 Update (379). One case to report from weekend. Well. . . Well Done North Bay

NORTH BAY: There was 1 new case to report from the weekend and 4 resolved cases. The active case count now is 5. Considering everything that is happening around us and across the country, we are a shining light of a community doing its part.
Please stay the course North Bay, our communit, our frontline workers and our local businesses appreciate your support and willingness to protect them and keep them open
Vaccination centre at Memorial Gardens is going well. A shout out to City and health unit staff for their dedication and commitment for our seniors
SUDBURY: Reporting 19 new cases for March 29 and 340 active cases being monitored.

COVID-19 Update (378) Sudbury adds 16 Sunday, Simcoe Muskoka adds 55 Saturday and Ontario adds 2,448 today. (4th consecutive day above 2000)

NORTH BAY: No data today, next report is 10am Monday. Vaccination centre ready to go again next week. From all reports it is going well. 75 plus can register starting Monday.
SUDBURY: Reorting 16 new cases today and 335 active cases.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,448 new cases Sunday, marking the 4th consecutive day of new daily cases over 2000. There are 917 in hospital, 366 in ICU and 217 on ventilators (10 % of hospitals have not reported their numbers over the weekend)
Keep on eye on Provincial daily new cases trend. 4 straight days of 2000 plus is not a good sign.
Stay the course North Bay, you are doing great. It is sign that everyone is doing their part to keep our community low risk, our frontline workers safe and our local businesses open. Well done North Bay

COVID-19 Update (376) Another surge in Sudbury (30 new cases), Ontario reports a 2 month high (2,452 cases)

NORTH BAY: Vaccine appointments now available for those aged (75 to 79). Details in comment section.
SUDBURY: That now brings their total to 351 new cases in last than 2 weeks (13 days). There are now 343 active cases. This is the highest ever number of local active cases in Sudbury since the start of the pandemic. A total case count of 377 have "screened positive" for VOC, an increase of nine over the number on Friday.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,453 new cases Saturday, This marks the largest single-day increase of new cases since Jan. 22, when 2,662 were reported. Saturday also marks the third day in a row that Ontario has reported more than 2,000 new cases.
Our district is doing well but as you can see, the trends across the Province and our health unit districts that border us, we must be extremely careful. Please continue to do your part. We want to keep our frontline workers safe, our community risk profile low, protect our seniors and vulnerable members safe and our local businesses open.

COVID-19 Update (375). One new case & 1 resolved case. Timiskaming Heath unit district goes red, see surges in cases (up 700% per capita)

NORTH BAY: 1 new case today and one resolved case. We have 8 active cases. Timiskaming Heath unit district goes red ( just north of us). We are now surrounded by high case counts and increasing positive cases trend in Sudbury...Simcoe-Muskoka...Timiskaming districts. We were saying we were not an island but it sure looks like we are. We are surrounded. The fact that our numbers are low and have continued to be low is very good but realistically the surrounding regions and the large increases in the Province is concerning. Well done North Bay.
To stay in yellow and to keep everyone safe, we need to be focused on the protocols. Our citizens and local businesses are doing a tremendous job but the reality is what is at our doorstep, south, west and north of us. We want to keep our local businesses open, our frontline workers safe and our community low risk. To do that we must be so careful.
Vaccination clinics are receiving high marks and it is going well.
SUDBURY: Adds 29 more cases today including 20 that screened positive VOC. They have had 321 new cases in the last 12 days. To put this in perspective we had had 288 cases since the pandemic started. Please do not travel to this region.

COVID-19 Update (374) North Bay Lucky 3’s. 3 Straight days with no new cases and 3 resolved cases. Sudbury adds 20 more cases.

NORTH BAY: Congratulations North Bay. We have now gone 3 days without a positive case. We also have 3 resolved cases today which leaves us with 8 active cases, (all in Nipissing). It truly is a testament to our citizens and local businesses to keep our numbers low considering the surge in cases right around us and in the Province.
ONTARIO: 2,380 cases today (280 of the cases are attributable to a "data catch-up process"). Excluding those cases, it is still the highest daily count since January 24.
We want our local businesses to remain open and our community low risk. To do that, please keep doing what you are doing. Our frontline workers have been there for us since day 1.
SUDBURY: Reports 20 new cases today.
They have reported 292 cases in last 11 days. In other words they have more cases in the last 11 days alone that we have for the whole pandemic. Please do not travel to Sudbury.

COVID-19 Update (373) Zero cases for 2nd day in a row in North Bay, Sudbury shows no signs of easing with 41 new cases and Hospitalizations increasing

NORTH BAY: Well done again, no new cases for 2nd day in a row. We have 11 active cases and no one Hospitalized. We are watching Sudbury closely. Please do not travel to the Sudbury region. Please stay the course and know our risk profile is higher with what is happening just to the west of us. Follow all the protocols. Our local businesses are doing their part to keep you safe. Vaccination clinic is running smoothly. Thank you to city and health unit staff.
SUDBURY: The situation in Sudbury is showing no signs of letting up, as they report 41 new cases today with 10 of those cases screened positive for VOC. This brings their total of VOCs to 323 cases. Just as troubling, Hospitalizations also increased, with 36 people now in hospital including 8 individuals in ICU. Sudbury health officials declared another outbreak at a local retirement home, the second at the facility in less than two months. This newest outbreak brings the total number of outbreaks in an institutional setting in Sudbury to 8, including 3 Schools.

COVID-19 Update (372) Good News! No new cases today. Sudbury adds 29 new cases (231 new cases in 9 days)

NORTH BAY: No new cases today, no resolved cases either. One case was removed from the total count. Our total count now is 287.
The health unit call centre is doing their best to answer the lines and return calls. They worked last weekend to catch up. If you call and goes to voice mail, please leave your name and number and they will get return your call. Please be kind, they are doing everything they can with the sheer the number of calls they are receiving.
SUDBURY: Reports 29 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported for Tuesday with a total of 285 active cases.
Please stay home and don’t travel

Covid-19th Update (372-B) Sudbury Reports 23 new cases. Troubling trend continues in Sudbury. Please do not travel to the Sudbury region.

SUDBURY: Thirty more cases were attributed Monday to VOCs. They have had 202 new cases in last 8 days. That brought the number of cases that have screened positive for VOC to 291. There have been 19 people admitted to Sudbury's hospital with 6 in ICU. A hospital official stated work is being done to prepare for a surge inpatients, including cancelling some surgeries and scaling back non-urgent outpatient clinics and services.
As we can see, Sudbury is seeing a troubling trend. We ask everyone to stay home, do not travel to the Sudbury region unless it is essential. Our local businesses, our front line staff and our community need your support. By staying home and supporting our local businesses helps keep our community a low risk and helps protect our medical professionals and frontline staff. They have been there since day 1 for us, let’s continue to do our part.

COVID-19 Update (372) There are 9 cases to report from the weekend, 3 resolved cases and 14 active cases.

NORTH BAY: All 9 cases are in the Nipissing District. Our total case count now sits at 288. The 9 cases are from the 10am and 3pm announcement.
Vaccination clinic is up and running as of this morning. From all accounts, the feedback has been very positive. Thank you City staff and Health unit personnel for your great work.
Please continue to do your part and follow all the protocols. Our frontline workers, medical personnel and our local businesses need your support. By following the protocol, you are keeping them safe and our local bus open
SUDBURY: I will update on Sudbury’s numbers when they release them tonight. Yesterday (Sunday) they reported an additional 26 cases bring their 7 day total to 179 new cases.

COVID-19 Update (371). No data for North Bay. Sudbury reports 34 new cases Saturday (153 new cases in 6 days)

NORTH BAY: The latest stats show we had 279 total cases, with 7 active cases in Nipissing and 1 in the Parry Sound District. There is no one Hospitalized. The weather is beautiful, get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. Get some physical exercise and strengthen your mental health. Protocols still need to be in place to keep our risk profile low. Enjoy the day and stay safe.
SUDBURY: Reports 34 new cases yesterday. They have 268 unresolved cases (down 1). There has been 1,164 total cases in Sudbury District since the start of the pandemic.
SIMCOE-MUSKOKA: Reports 57 new cases and 38 new cases of VOC on Friday, bringing the local total case count up to 7,170, including 193 deaths. Their public health unit also confirmed 916 total VOCs — 160 of which are active

COVID-19 Update (370) We go into yellow Monday. Vaccinations for 80 plus start Monday. Worrisome trend in Sudbury.

NORTH BAY: No data to report today. The Province has moved us into yellow starting Monday. Please continue to follow all the protocols. Please stay home and support our local businesses.
SUDBURY: Reports 30 cases on Friday, making 119 new cases since Monday. The part that concerns their public health officials is the worrying trend in the city, 23 of the new cases have screened positive for VOC, bringing to 231 the number of variant cases detected in the health unit's coverage area. There are 269 active cases in Sudbury.
ONTARIO: Public Health Ontario has reported 1,829 new cases today. The new cases marked the highest daily case count since Feb. 1 and comes amid growing consensus among health experts and infectious disease specialists that Ontario has entered a third wave of the pandemic.
The surge is driven primarily by VOCs, that are more transmissible and more likely to cause serious illness. Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table that advises the government on its pandemic response, calculates that variants currently account for about 54 per cent of all new cases.
I have posted an article in the comment section regarding the potential impact on the younger population in terms of the VOC to keep you up to date on what medical professionals are saying on the frontlines.

COVID-19 Update (369-B) OUCH! There are 6 new cases today, 5 of them in the Nipissing District.

NORTH BAY: Not the way we wanted to finish the week. Although not surprising as we see Provincial numbers increasing. We are seeing increased cases at our borders of Sudbury and Simcoe - Muskoka. I have spoken with many business owners and they are reporting many out of town postal codes at their businesses. We need everyone to recognize this and follow the protocols to a “T”. While we are doing great, the virus is all around us. Please do not let your guard down.
ONTARIO: Ontario is reporting more than 1,745 new cases today, one of the highest daily case counts in the 6 weeks this is up from 1,553 on Thursday and 1,508 on Wednesday.

COVID-19 Update (369) Video walk-thru of Vaccination Centre, Please share with family members.

If you or a family member have an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the upcoming clinics at Memorial Gardens, this walk-thru by Melinda Fry, our Manager of Sports & Events, will help you understand what to expect. (We do have Wheelchairs available)https://youtu.be/Kjc5tKgFizo

COVID-19 Update (368-B) Third Day in a row, no new cases in North Bay. Sudbury reports 41 new cases today. (234 in last 8 days)

NORTH BAY: Third Day in a row without a case. There were no resolved cases today, so we stand at 3 active cases. Well done everyone. It was announced today that we will remain in the red zone for another week. We are still 2nd lowest at 208.9/100K. Algoma is lowest with 192.3/100K.
SUDBURY: Reports 41 new cases today with 40 of those in the Greater Sudbury and. One in the region. There are now 261 active cases an increase of 19 from yesterday. That is 234 new cases in 8 days.

COVID-19 Update (368) Tour of Vaccination Centre. ( A video is being developed by staff and will be ready tomorrow). Here is the path individuals will take to give you an idea.

I had the opportunity to tour Memorial Gardens to see first hand the area and plan this morning. It is impressive. Here is a step by step look at the journey through the process. As I mention, staff are creating a video that will be posted tomorrow that we will share.
NOTE: The ice has been removed from the arena. I was getting a lot of messages asking that. There are wheelchairs available for those that need them
1) Please park in the parking lot between Memorial Gardens and The YMCA. We will have staff there to direct or answer any questions. Please arrive in the parking lot 10-15 minutes before your appointment.
2) Proceed to GATE 1 (Looking at the gardens, Gate 1 is located just to the left of the Main front door on Chippewa Street by large video Board sign. When you enter there will be new masks and sanitizer on the table for you. Once you put your mask/sanitizer on, you will turn right towards box office (lots of signage don’t worry). Once you enter box office area, you will be greeted by Health unit staff that will make sure you have registered and do a COVID screening. Once complete, you will enter the arena main concourse and turn left. If you need to rest, there are lots of chairs for yourself and a care giver if you have one.
3) As you proceed past the concession area, there will be more health unit staff. Those that have mobility issues, walkers or wheel chairs, you will proceed straight to the Hall of Fame area and health unit staff will be present. If you don’t have any mobility challenges to will turn right at entrance into rink area just past the family washroom (lots and lots of signs). Follow the signs and you will enter the floor area thru the doors onto the playing surface.
4) Once on the floor you will see chairs to your right to sit and staff will be present to assist and direct.
5)From there you will proceed to get your vaccination (YEA!!) at a station. Once you have been vaccinated, you will proceed to the waiting area (you need to wait 15 minutes before you leave according to health protocols. There will be health unit staff there to monitor and if there are any challenges, 3 private booths are there with medical staff.
6) The will be an ambulance in the Zamboni area as extra precaution. Thee health unit staff will be will be wearing shirts that will identify themselves and our staff will have event jackets on.
7) Once your 15 minutes is up, you will proceed along the far arena boards (well marked) and head towards the parking lot where you parked. You will leave through the gate located at the far end of the Hall of Fame room.
8) The path is designed to eliminate the possibility of people passing one another for your safety.
I would like to thank our city staff for all their hard work, planning and vision to make this as seamless as possible.

COVID-19 Update (367-B) Sudbury Reports 25 new cases and see Hospitalizations surge to 54.

SUDBURY: Reports 25 new cases, all in Greater Sudbury. Hospitalizations surge to 54 from 29 yesterday and 23 on Monday. Sudbury has seen 193 new cases in last 7 days. They currently have 242 active cases ( down 3 from Tuesday) Of the 54 in Hospital, 6 individuals are in ICU.
Please stay home and support our local businesses.

COVID-19 Update (367) Doing Great North Bay. No new cases again today and 1 resolved.

NORTH BAY: We have no new cases to report today, our case total remaining at 273. One (1) case has resolved, bringing our active cases down to three (3). All 3 active cases are in Nipissing. There are no Hospitalizations to report
Well done again North Bay. We are still 2nd lowest at 208.9/100K. Algoma continues to have the lowest at 185.3/100K. Sudbury is more than double at 518.0/100K.
Please do not travel to Sudbury, stay local and shop local. Our businesses need your support.
SUDBURY: On Tuesday Sudbury saw an increase of 18 new cases (all 18 in Greater Sudbury). They have 245 active cases, 3 are confirm VOC and another 197 ’’screened positive” for VOC. They release their numbers in the evening. I will update here when they become available.

COVID-19 Update (366) Great news to share. No new cases today!

NORTH BAY: There are no new cases to report for us today. Our case total remains at 273, with four (4) active cases. No new cases have resolved. Well done again North Bay!!!!!!!!!
We are still 2nd lowest in the Province with 208.9/100K. Algoma has the lowest number in Ontario at 181.8/100K. In contrast Sudbury has 509.0/100K. (The worst region is Peel at 4010.0/100K and 2nd worst is Toronto at 3,196.9/100K).
We are good to go for the 80 plus group Monday. Our staff will be there to assist everyone that needs assistance.
SUDBURY: Good and Bad news out of Sudbury. They report only 5 cases Monday with 53 resolved cases. This is down significantly from the last 4 days. However they report 10 individuals had to be Hospitalized with 2 of the 10 in ICU.

COVID-19 Update (365-B) One new case reported at 3pm today (2 cases reported at 10am) and we had 2 cases resolved.

NORTH BAY: We are reporting one (1) new case in the Nipissing district. Two cases have been resolved. This bring out case total to 273. We now have four (4) active cases. ( There was two cases announced at 10am this morning from the weekend.)
Two cases announced today, (1) was travel related and (1) was close contact with a confirmed case. The 3rd case I don’t have the information for.
With the 3 cases reported today and 2 cases resolved, we are trending the right way. Keep it up North Bay.
I will update later this evening when we hear the Sudbury numbers. We are watching that situation closely. Fingers crossed, their numbers will go down.

COVID-19 Update (365-A)*** UPDATED****** Sudbury reports another 38 cases on Sunday. A total of 170 new cases in 4 days. ****** We have 2 new cases from the weekend******

NORTH BAY: We are reporting two (2) new cases, one in the Nipissing district and one in the Parry Sound district. Our case total is now at 272, with five (5) active cases. No cases have resolved.
SUDBURY: Reports 38 new cases Sunday and surpasses a milestone of a 1000 cases (1011) this weekend since the pandemic started. They have 291 active cases and 158 of those have screened positive for VOC.
NORTH BAY: We will get our weekend numbers at 10am this morning. We ask you not to travel to the Sudbury region unless it is essential travel.
We do not want to go backwards and we want to keep our local businesses open. Please do not travel unless it is essential. Please follow all the COVID protocols to a “T” when out and about.
The protocols are within our grasp to keep our risk profile low and our local businesses open.

COVID-19 Update (364) Sudbury announces 49 new cases Saturday. 266 Active cases. 19 cases screen positive for VOC.

SUDBURY. Reported 49 new cases Saturday, 28 on Friday and 55 on Thursday. A total of 132 cases in 3 days. 15 were deemed resolved, their total of active cases rose to 266. They identified 19 cases of VOC, pushing their total number of positive VOC to 152.
As we can see, Sudbury has added 132 new cases in last 3 days. Their total identified VOC cases rises to 152.
Please do not travel to the Sudbury region. Stay home and support our local businesses. They are open and need your support.

COVID-19 Update (363) Details for “80 plus” registration ONLY starting Monday at 9am.

NORTH BAY: Here are the details. I will try to get answers that you may have to details on “80 plus” (birth year 1941 or earlier) this weekend for you. If you have questions on other age groups, I ask that you wait until later in the week so everyone can get the 80 plus done. Here you go.
DETAILS: You must have an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic. Please book your appointment by calling the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 option 5 or online https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine (please note this link will be live as of Monday Mar. 15, 2021). For family members that has someone in this age group, if you are comfortable the on line process might be more efficient for you and free up the telephone lines for others.
You may wondering why it has to be appointment only? It Is so it is efficient for everyone, so that are not crowds and it is well organized. If it wasn’t by appointment only, many could show up all at once. We need people to arrive for their appointment times only. Please arrive in enough time to get organized and into the building. Those who do have appointments should arrive five to 10 minutes before, and anyone who shows up earlier should wait in their car. Showing up an hour early is not helpful or recommended as it causes gathering.
Please be kind to the call takers, they will be doing their best and you can imagine it will be busy. Everyone 80 plus will get their vaccines so please be patient with the phones. Please do not call if this age group is not you, you can always call a few days later with questions about other age groups.
ONLY 80 PLUS will be accepted at the Gardens and by appointment only (see explaination above on the reason for appointments).
I will update this on a on-going basis through out the weekend and try to get answers for you. Here is the health unit web page for additional details https://www.myhealthunit.ca/.../heal.../covid-19-vaccine.asp.
Please be patient with me as I am only checking this from time to time, some times more than others.

COVID-19 (362) Great way to end the week! No new cases. Sudbury adds another 28 today, enters third wave.

NORTH BAY: No resolved cases today. Our total count sits at 270
SUDBURY: Reports 28 new cases today as it enters a lockdown in an attempt to stem what their medical officer of health called the third wave of the pandemic. Friday's numbers follow a record-setting 55 cases reported Thursday. This from their medical officer of health Dr Penny Sutcliffe "We're in the third wave right now,"
Please do not travel to Sudbury. We are doing great, travel will be the risk for us. Let’s keep our local businesses open by following all the protocols.
SIMCOE MUSKOKA: Reports 45 new cases and one death today, bringing the local total number of cases up to 6,884, including 192 deaths. They also confirmed 33 new VOCs today, bringing the region’s total up to 759, of which 132 are active.

COVID-19 Update (361) Sudbury announces record high 55 cases, closes all Schools. Simcoe Muskoka records 44 new cases.

OUR NEIGHBOURS: Sudbury moves into grey, records highest daily count of 55 new cases and closes all Schools. Simcoe Muskoka records 44 new cases. We report 1 new case.
Please do not travel to Sudbury area. We more than likely will remain RED because of the situation at our borders. I am already getting calls demanding we go to green. While our numbers are in the green zone, you can not ignore what is happening an hour and 15 minutes away. We have said from day 1 your safety is the #1 priority. We will not waver on that commitment. If we go green, people from those areas will naturally come here.
Our local businesses are open with limitations, -let’s support them the best you can. It is disappointing to see posts on social media where individuals are posting about going to Costco. Please don't for our community’s well being health wise and for not supporting our local businesses.
Yes we are still 2nd lowest. Given the state of the situation at our borders and travel, we are not out of the woods. If we see a surge and go backwards, it will be devastating. Our local businesses want to stay open. By keeping our numbers low, we are supporting them.

COVID-19 Update (360-C) One new case today. No resolved cases.

NORTH BAY: Total case count now stands at 270 with 3 active cases.
VACCINE: Health Unit will begin booking vaccine appointments for 80 plus on Monday.
MEMORIAL GARDENS: We are ready to go!

COVID-19 Update (360-B) Sudbury just announced they are going into a Lockdown

COVID-19 Update (360-A)Today marks the 1 year anniversary of WHO declaring a global pandemic. Here is a look back from a community perspective. It was said at the beginning that we are in this all together (which is true)but in reality, we all know different sectors, groups and individuals bore the brunt of the pandemic far more than others, with far more with devastating consequences for some. More on this later.

This was the first global pandemic that this generation was going to experience. There was no rule book to follow and even if there was, the dynamics of the virus was changing fast anyway.
I have included the first media conference to our citizens with our community partners In the comments below. (Thanks Cogeco). This was the start for us.
We said from day 1 the health and safety of our citizens was the number 1 priority. We have not wavered. We are still currently one of the lowest jurisdictions in Ontario.
The first media conference was held on March 17th, planning for weeks was under way but the information globally was changing a rapid pace. For weeks we were being told the risk was low for Canada but that didn’t stop us from planing.
March 17th, North Bay basically started shutting down. We were one the first municipalities to close city facilities, parks, playgrounds, beaches, boat launches. We closed Memorial Drive to give our citizens more room to walk at the waterfront safely. Businesses were mandated to close by health professional, we could not gather. We heard the term socially distancing for the first time.
I began my daily updates to the community but my only “daily access” was through social media. The local media was good to help get the message out (MooseFM had me on 3 times per week, Cogeco did weekly interviews and other media outlets did interviews as well). I continue to this day and I hope you find them educational.
At the beginning, you could sense and feel the fear of COVID here in our community. People were dying in far away countries and that was headline news for all that braved to watch. At the time, we had escaped the pandemic as it did not hit our doorstep for a while.
We knew our medical professionals were in the line of fire and I wondered what was going through their minds as they would be front and centre. Medical profession also around the world were getting sick and dying. I spoke with many front line doctors and nurses and they put a brave face on but what I heard wasn’t so much about worrying for themselves (as they were trained professional) but bringing it home to their families who didn’t sign up for that. My heart hurt for them. The images on TV, in papers re-enforced what the consequences we would see arriving unannounced.
Our local businesses, their employees and their lively hood was being shattered. It was the unknown and how this would play out was about to show its face.
It is said, the main reason for keeping our numbers low was the tone and action taken from day 1, our geographic area bought us some time, our citizens and businesses that understood that we needed a community approach, the community response to wearing masks, the community partners all coming together to work as one and that everyone knew that if we were to get through this, we better be extremely careful.
As spring turned to summer, the first wave was becoming a memory and things started to open up. You could see life while not completely back to normal, wasn’t truly that far off with a few exceptions. The summer weather was perfect and you could see people feeling comfortable (maybe a little too comfortable) but the risk was low and we were escaping the spread. We started to hear about the second wave happening in the fall but that seemed far off for the most part by our community. We were learning more everyday about the virus and risk. Businesses for the most part were back open with limitations and our citizens were supporting our local businesses more than ever.
As summer turned to fall, cases started to rise again Provincially, nationally and globally. Every jurisdiction that opened up suffered the consequences of increased spread. There was a race to develop a vaccine which had never in the history of the world been found so quickly. Our numbers stay relatively flat, we were doing well. We saw the 2nd wave hitting the globe and in turn our country. Yet we seemed to be doing well number wise although we were seeing sporadic cases from time to time.
As fall turned to winter, we knew it was going to be a long dark few months and that is exactly what happened. On DeceDecember 24th, the Province went into a Stay at Home Order, businesses were forced to close and we could see anyone outside of those living under the same roof. This was dark but our citizens adapted and while some were unhappy, the most understood. It was difficult for local businesses some were allowed to be opened some were not. The biggest concern I heard was it was not equitable.
As the Stay at Home Order was about to expire here, we were rocked by the VOC that quickly spread through an apartment building. This was a game changer and we quickly became the news in Provincial and national news broadcasts. That reality of COVID hit us hard with 3 deaths of local citizens And the extension of the Stay at Home Order.
We could feel the fatigue, frustration and backlash with this almost over night. People were mad, there was protests and social media was full of criticism. We were under fire make not mistake. We felt it 24/7. Businesses wanted to open, they were tired of being closed while some were open. Other jurisdictions took different approaches and while their numbers increase, they still opened. That was not fair as many pointed out. Our approach was stated over and over, our priority was the safety of our citizens first. We were not wavering, we promised the community on March 17th, that this would be the approach. Stating that day after day in the face of constant criticism, ridicule and downright nastiness does take its toll but honestly it was the right thing to do. Leadership is always difficult in normal times at best, this time it took it to a whole different level. It was non stop.
As winter turned to spring, vaccines became the topic and the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a great sense of hope today and with it comes a different set of challenges. The work does not stop and while the public does not see all the work being done, it is amazing to see the professionals and community responding. We still have a ways to go, COVID is all around us, we need to follow the protocols until we get vaccinated, we are getting a sense of being back to normal soo.
To our citizens that faced with the thought of not surviving the virus with their medical conditions, to the grandparents that couldnt see their grandchildren grow up, to the businesses that suffered greatly, to those that lost their jobs and to those family members that lost loved ones, we must never forget the sacrifices and courage they made in this past year.
Our frontline workers were there for us since day 1. Their bravery and courage will never be forgotten.
Today we lower our flags to half-mast to honour those that we lost.
Be proud North Bay, a story should be told of how a city of 52,000 came together, with vastly different opinions on what should or should not be done and came together today with hope and resolve. Please know I am proud.

COVID-19 Update (359) Our southern health unit border neighbour reports 35 new cases today.

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA: Has confirmed 37 new cases of VOC, 142 of which are active.

COVID-19 Update (358) Sudbury records 13 new cases today. 13 resolved cases. Almost 200 cases since March 1st. Total active cases remain at all time high of 211. Sudbury moved into Red on Monday from orange.

SUDBURY: The total number of active cases remains at 211, the highest it has reached since the pandemic began. All of the new cases are in the city of Sudbury. The health unit has now recorded 841 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Several schools have been forced to close because of outbreaks, and the demographic breakdown from the health unit shows a large portion of the recent cases are in people under age 19.
For the new while I will update numbers in the health unit districts that we share a border with to give a more regional perspective

COVID-19 Update (357) ZERO new cases. Another good day for us! One resolved case.

NORTH BAY: Amazing!!!!! No new cases today. Our total case count remains at 269 with only 2 active cases.
Please be proud North Bay but also know, our surrounding health unit neighbours are stuggling with new cases. Let’s stay focused and keep our local businesses open.
Please do not travel west unless absolutely essentiaL
I will post later this evening on Sudbury and Simcoe Muskoka information becomes available

COVID Update (356) Canadian Vaccine stats as of March 8th, 7pm

CANADA: Total population 33,679,000
1st Dose 1,964,221 (5.8%)
2nd Dose 579,032 (1.70%)
Total doses administered in our district 4,467.
We are ready to go for mass vaccination rollout. More information will be announced in coming days. Please stay tuned. I will post all the information that I receive to keep you up to date.
We know there are many questions. . . Please stay patian, everyone is doing their best. The goal is to have everyone vaccinated with the first does by June 30th. We will have Memorial Gardens ready to go. As the Province makes further announcement, I will pass along

COVID-19 Update (355) Thunder Bay region have quickly become one of the leading COVID hotspots in Canada. 652 cases in last 14 days.

THUNDER BAY: The TBDHU has seen 652 new cases in last 14 days and per capita has more than double the new cases of anywhere else in Ontario.
“There is no sense in sugarcoating it, things are not looking very good right now,” Dr. Janet DeMille, the local medical officer of health “Cases are at an all-time high in the Thunder Bay district, a significant and uncomfortable amount of cases are being reported every day.”
While we are doing GREAT, we need to stay focused until we get the vaccine in everyone’s arm that wants one. The target is June 30th.

COVID-19 Update (354) Our southern border health district Simcoe-Muskoka reports 30 new cases. VOC cases up 28 as of Monday.

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA: Reports 373 active case (of which there are 133 active cases of VOC). Their medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner says "Basically what we're seeing is the variant cases taking over and dominating,"
Simcoe Muskoka and Sudbury health districts are reporting high numbers and concerns of VOC spread. Both these health districts border us. Again we ask that there be no travel to these areas unless it is deemed essential.
We do not want to go backwards. Our citizens and local businesses want to stay open. Please be careful out there and keep up the great work North Bay. We are not an island and these stats are important for you to be aware of.

COVID -19 Update (353) Sudbury Health unit reports 10 more cases today with two suspected VOC.

SUDBURY: This pushed up their caseload up higher than it has ever been, to 211.
CONCERNING: Health experts estimate 10 times as many people in a community are likely infected as the number of confirmed cases at any one time.
That would mean more than 2,000 Sudburians could have COVID right now. Perhaps more alarming is the mounting evidence of mutant strains among recent cases.
PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL

COVID-19 Update (352). No new cases and 2 resolved!

NORTH BAY: Another good day for us. There are no new cases and there are 2 resolved cases as well. Our total case count is 269 and we have only 3 active cases. All 3 unresolved cases are in Nipissing.
We love this trend. Good work everyone. Algoma is lowest in Province with 174.8/100K and Nipissing district is 2nd with 207.3/100K.
We are watching the neighbouring districts closely that are connected to us by our borders. They are seeing continued elevated cases. Let’s compare their stats. Sudbury has 409.5/100K and Simcoe Muskoka has 1,134.4/100K.
We are not an island. Please do not travel unless it is essential. There is VOC in each of these districts and we all know how fast this spreads.
Well done though, your sacrifices, dedication and courage is definitely made a difference.

COVID-19 Update (351). Interesting chart.

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COVID-19 Update (350) Sudbury Reports 34 new cases today with a record high of 204 active cases.

SUDBURY: Public Health Sudbury reported that there are 34 new cases today. There are now 204 active cases being actively monitored. This is the highest number of active cases since the pandemic began. There are 150 more cases more than what was reported last Monday. That is 150 new cases in one week to repeat.
It is important to track this as they border our health unit boundaries. As previously stated in post 348, this is a concern as we are not naive to believe there is no travel between our 2 cities. So please stay home and support our local businesses. The numbers of the Sudbury and Simcoe-Muskoka health districts are a concern and do impact us.
You are doing great North Bay but please keep this in mind. We do not want to go backwards.

COVID-19 Update (349) All residents will be able to get their first vaccine dose by June 30th.

NORTH BAY: Great Work everyone. Only one new case today (and weekend) and 2 resolved. That leaves us we 5 unresolved cases. Our total count is 269.
We are still 2nd lowest for COVID in the Province with 205.0/100K. The lowest is Algoma with 174.8/100K
The HU announced today that all residents looking to get vaccinated with be able to do so by June 30th ( vaccine supply dependent). Stay tuned for further information on this.
The vaccines are the game changer in helping get our local businesses fully open and getting everyone back to normal.
In the meantime, we need everyone to stay focussed and to follow all the protocols.
We are so close, lets keep going!

COVID-19 Update (348) We are not an island. Please be careful out there. You are doing great North Bay.

NORTH BAY: Well Done. We are still 2nd lowest in the Province and we have 6 active cases (4 in Nipissing). Please be proud of your efforts. The last 2 months have been tough and we knew these would be dark months as previously posted. The vaccines are arriving, the Stay at Home order reduced to Red. Our trend in cases is downward as of Friday. The days are getting longer, we are getting more sunlight and the weather is getting warmer. Many local businesses that have been closed for 2 months will be able to open Monday (with limitations). Mass vaccinations planning has happened and sites secured. The next 3 to 6 months look promising (if we continue to follow the protocols).
However please keep in mind the below information, we are not an island. The VOC is at our borders. Please do not travel unless it is essential to these 2 regions ( hint, no Costco trips) We do not want to get locked down and have the many businesses that just opened be closed again. It is in our hands. Hang in (yes I know I have said this for months but there is no alternative).
SIMCOE-MUSKOKA: (Huntsville to Barrie) They confirmed 29 new cases on Friday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 6,618, including 189 deaths. They also confirmed one new case of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant in the region and 20 additional people who have screened positive for a “variant of concern.” Testing is still underway to determine the exact variant strain. This brings the total number of B.1.1.7 variant cases up to 217 and the total number of of variant of concern cases up to 401.
Of Friday’s new COVID-19 cases, seven are in Barrie, while six are in Bradford, three are in Essa and rest of the new cases are in Bracebridge, Clearview, Collingwood, Huntsville, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Orillia, Penetanguishene Severn, Springwater and Wasaga Beach.
SUDBURY. Confirmed 22 new cases, all in Greater Sudbury. Three cases were declared resolved, bringing the total of active cases to 173. Ten cases screened positive for variants of concern.
As we can see, we are surrounded

COVID-19 Update (347) We understand the frustration, the pandemic is not fair.

NORTH BAY: I want to say, I hear you and I understand the frustration. I will post the information that we know and that people will point to as to why we should be green and you are not totally wrong. I will also post the information for the red recommendation. Decisions can not be made in isolation.
TRUE:
1) We do have the 2nd lowest cases in the Province
2)!We do have only 6 active cases (4 in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound)
3) We only have 1 Hospitalization (Parry Sound)
4) Our trend downward is excellent
5) We are ready to mass vaccinate when vaccines become available( they are arriving)
6) We are confident that 99% of our small businesses will protect customers and employees.
7)The pandemic is not equitable on so many fronts
8) People are fatigued and tired.
9) We are 3.1 per 100/K (Green numbers) The threshold for red is 40/100K and up.
10) Mental health and addiction need to be factored in.
Here is information as part of the decision provided to making the to move to red.
Also TRUE
1) The VOC is a concern.
2) Our bordering health units are in red and have VOC. (We are not an island)
3) People will travel to less restrictive areas from restricted areas. That is natural.
4) VOC spread 50 to 70% faster and can overwhelm healthcare quickly.
5) Our medical professionals mandate is to protect everyone.
6) Our medical professionals are the best ones to make health decisions.
7) While vaccinating has started, the majority of vulnerable or elderly have not been to this point.
I have been posting now for 347 straight days to help keep people informed and educated. I have taken my share of criticism and jabs from others. I did commit and state on day 1 of the pandemic, that I would follow the advice and recommendations of our healthcare professionals as our number 1 priority was your safety. I have not wavered on this position. I do not believe in politicizing healthcare decisions. They are the experts, they are working on your behalf, they are trained to look at all possibilities. I trust them. They are also human and they hear the criticism too. Leadership is never easy let alone in a global pandemic. It is easy just to look at data that supports one belief over another. We need to look at the bigger overall picture. So I have posted the 8,points everyone could use to state that we should be green and I have posted 7 points that are considered to keep us in red. I do know the debate will be there on both sides of the issue. ( I am sure some will add to the the points on both sides)
I ask however that respectful debate or postions be posted on either side but I wanted to share both sides so it is an informed debate. Please remember we are all human and we are all doing what we can.

COVID-19 (346). Another good day. One new case today and one cases resolved.

NORTH BAY: We are 2nd lowest in Province. We had one new case today in the Nipissing district. Our case total is at 268, with six (6) active cases. One case has resolved, and the Cassellholme outbreak has been declared over. We have also been moved out of Stay At Home Order to the red zone. We need to follow the protocols to a “T” so we don’t go backwards. Please continue to support our local businesses, they need us.
We ask everyone to keep up the great work in keeping our community safe. The vaccine roll out is what will ultimately allow us to get back to normal. Please watch for updates moving forward.
Here is the Red Zone requirements:
GATHERINGS AND CLOSE CONTACT
Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least two metres apart from everyone else.
Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.
All events and social gatherings:
Indoors: five people
Outside: 25 people
Religious, wedding and funeral services:
Indoors: 30 per cent capacity
Outdoors: 100 people
Only go out for essential reasons, such as:
Work
School
Groceries
Pharmacy
Health care
Helping vulnerable people
Exercise and physical activity
Work remotely, where possible.
RULES FOR ALL BUSINESSES
All open businesses must:
Screen employees and customers (use the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces, available at covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/worker/)
Post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entry
Limit capacity so guests can stay at least two metres apart
Make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within two metres of anyone else (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1)
Make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within two metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
Clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
Manage lineups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
Create a safety plan (available at http://www.ontario.ca/.../develop-your-covid-19-workplace...), post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND OTHER FOOD AND DRINK ESTABLISHMENTS
Capacity limits:
Indoors: 10 people total
Four people per table
Guests must:
Sit with at least two metres between tables
Wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1)
Wear a mask or face covering and keep two metres apart when lining up and gathering outside
Give their name and contact information
Not allowed:
Buffets
Dancing
Singing
Live music performance
Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)
Time restrictions:
Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FITNESS FACILITIES
Capacity limits:
Indoors:
10 people in classes
10 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment
Outside: 25 people in classes
No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child.
Team sports:
Must not be practised or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
Must keep two metres physical distance, no contact permitted
Everyone must:
Always wear a mask or face covering except when exercising (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1)
Stay three metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and two metres apart everywhere else
Make reservations (only one required per team)
Give their name and contact information.
Time restrictions:
90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)
Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.
Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.
MEETING AND EVENT SPACES
Capacity limits:
Indoors: 10 people total
Outside: 25 people total
Per table: four people
Religious, wedding and funeral services have different limits.
Not allowed:
Booking multiple rooms for the same event
Guests must:
Give their name and contact information
Wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1)
Time restrictions:
Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.
STORES
Capacity limits:
Supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies: 75 per cent
All other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores, garden centres): 50 per cent
Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.
Guests must:
Wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1) and keep at least two metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside
Answer screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
Closed:
Oxygen bars
Steam rooms
Saunas
Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
Bath houses
Other adult venues
Guests must:
Give their name and contact information
Not allowed:
Services that need guests to remove their mask or face covering
CASINOS, BINGO HALLS AND GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS
Capacity limits:
Indoors: 10 people total
Outside: 25 people total
Not allowed:
Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)
Guests must:
Wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions, available at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks#section-1)
Give their name and contact information
Time restrictions:
Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.
CINEMAS
Closed (with some exceptions). Only drive-ins allowed.
PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES
No audiences allowed.
Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience).
Everyone must stay two metres away from each other, except when needed for the performance.
There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind or brass instrument players and other performers.

COVID-19 Update (345) GREAT NEWS TODAY. . . No new cases!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NORTH BAY: Well Done North Bay!!! We are now again the 2nd lowest in the Province for cases per 100/K
Our total case count remains at 267. We also have 1 resolved case today. There are 6 active cases currently with 3 in Nipissing and 3 in Parry Sound
Tomorrow we will hear the status of the Stay At Home Order. Keep up the great work.

COVID-19 Update (345)GOOD NEWS: No new cases in Nipissing, 2 in Parry Sound

NORTH BAY: There are two (2) new cases today, both from the Parry Sound district. Our case total is now at 267, with seven (7) active cases (no cases resolved).
Two cases (associated with Lancelot Outbreak and which had a preliminary positive result for a VOC) were confirmed to be variants originating from South Africa(B.1.351)

COVID-19 Update (344) 2 new cases today (1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound) with 1 case resolved. Sudbury records highest daily total Monday.

NORTH BAY: The health unit is reporting 2 new cases today with 1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound and 1 case resolved. Active cases in the district remain at 5. This brings our total to 265. This is still good news although we would prefer to see zero. It is not perfect but the trend is remaining low, which is positive. Let’s keep it going and to continue to advocate for the vaccines. You are doing great North Bay, have faith.
PARRY SOUND: The 2 cases with preliminary positive VOC tests were confirmed today as the variant originating from United Kingdom (B.1.1.7)
SUDBURY: In the last 7 days, Sudbury has seen 85 new cases. There were 32 new cases on Monday alone, there highest daily count since the pandemic started. More concerning however is a large proportion of the recent infections are being attributed to VOC. Sudbury is currently in the orange may move into a more restrictive category.
These are trying times for everyone. Let’s be kind, support our local businesses and give thanks to our frontline workers who have been there from day 1 for us. The trends look good, the VOC is the concern and we need those vaccines.

COVID-19 Update (343-C) Unfortunately some terrible news this evening. We lost a 3rd person today.

GOD SPEED

COVID-19 Update (343-B) MORE GOOD NEW. No new cases at the 3pm today. A great sign.

NORTH BAY: There are 5 active cases, the same as this mornings report. Well done again North Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COVID-19 Update (343-A) MORE GOOD NEWS. Only 1 new case from the weekend and 6 more cases resolved

NORTH BAY: Well Done North Bay! Good news this morning, with only 1 new case from the weekend. There were also 6 more cases resolved which leaves 5 active cases. There are 3 active cases in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound.
The trend is going in the right direction. Our community deserves the credit for truly making a difference. We will get our nestuff report at 3pm today, fingers crossed.

COVID-19 Update(342). We are all tired but we need to keep going until the vaccine arrives

NORTH BAY: Good evening everyone, sorry for the late post. There are no numbers on Sunday unless we have a surge, so in this case, no news is good news. I know everyone is tired and frustrated, we all are. Businesses want to open, why are some stores allowed to open and others can not, parents want to see their kids, grandparents want to see their grandchildren, seniors and the vulnerable are concerned for their well being, we all want to get back together. Please know that is not lost on anyone. There are so many sides to a pandemic but we need to understand no matter where you stand on the issue or believe what we should do or not do, it is complicated and tough on everyone.
VACCINES: I have stated this before and I will keep repeating. . . WE NEED THE VACCINES! That is what is going to get us back to life as we remember. Our area and region need the vaccines!!!!!
We will get results tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon. Lately the trend and numbers have been very good. We need to keep this going.
The health unit directly connected to our border (Simcoe-Muskoka), just went into lockdown. Thunder Bay will go into lockdown Monday. PEI just announced their whole Province will go into a 72 hour full lockdown.
Let’s watch the results next week and stay informed. I will continue to post everyday as I have for the post as I have for the past 342 days. Sometimes with good news and sometimes not good news.

COVID-19 Update (341).There is an outbreak declared at a McDonald’s restaurant in the town of Parry Sound. 2 cases have preliminary positive test for VOC

NORTH BAY: We unfortunately lost a community member last week and our thoughts and prayers are with their family. Numbers wise, the trend was low and a good number of cases were resolved. We still have 8 active cases in Nipissing and 2 in the Parry Sound District. There is 1 person in each district Hospitalized.
PARRY SOUND: OUTBREAK DECLARED at McDonalds restaurant in the town of Parry Sound. 4 employees test positive, 2 have preliminary positive tests for VOC. All 4 employees live outside the district
North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit declares COVID Outbreak at Parry Sound McDonalds.
PARRY SOUND, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the McDonald’s restaurant in the Town of Parry Sound after four of the restaurant employees tested positive for COVID-19. To date, two of the four individuals have a preliminary positive test result for a COVID-19 Variant of Concern.
All four individuals reside outside of the Health Unit district and are currently self-isolating. The Health Unit is investigating the outbreak, and case management and contact tracing is being conducted by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
The Health Unit is advising individuals who visited the McDonald’s drive-thru at 118 Bowes Street in the Town of Parry Sound between February 5 and February 19, 2021, to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and should symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and contact the local assessment centre for testing.
At this time there is no risk to the public and the restaurant is still permitted to operate drive-thru services. Under the provincial Shutdown restrictions and Stay-at-Home Order, restaurants are not open for in-person dining.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, first self-isolate, do not go to work or school, and use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek testing or further care. If you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, remain in self-isolation until you receive your result. If you need further assistance, call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms if you are able.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
For more information, please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update (340). REALLY GREAT NEWS again today! No New cases and 18 cases resolved.

NORTH BAY: We now have only 10 active cases!!!!!! 8 of the active cases are in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound. There are 2 Hospitalizations, 1 in each district. In the last 4 days, we have seen only 2 new cases.
VOC: Of the cases identified as Preliminary positive VOC, 14 of those have been identified a South African B.1.351.
VACCINES: To date 1,109 vaccines have been administered as of February 19th and I believe all were first doses.
FOCUS: Our focus moving forward is the vaccine rollout and what will be the status of the Stay at Home Order next Friday. The vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel. We will be ready. I sat in on a call with the Premier today. Our community will be ready and we will communicate the plan well in advance. The unfortunate part of this, is we have no idea of the availability on a large scale of vaccines for everyone. That we need to hear from the Federal government. We as a city have committed our facilities and pledge to assist our medical professionals. Stay tune.

COVID-19 Update (339) Good news again today, only 1 new case and 1 resolved case to report.

NORTH BAY: Well done North Bay! We have had only 2 cases in last 3 days. This is an excellent trend and is making a difference. We all want to get out of the Stay at Home Order and this is so helpful. We need this to keep up. The Stay at Home Order while unpopular is working. We all want to see family members and see our local businesses get back open. Let’s all focus on the next 10 days. It has been a difficult few weeks for everyone not to mention the last 339 days. Please be kind out there, everyone is feeling beat up and we really need to come together. We can get through this.
We have 28 active cases with 25 in the Nipissing District.

COVID-19 Update (338) Good news Today. No new cases. 1 more resolved.

NORTH BAY: Our total case count is now 261 ( 1 case reported in our district has been reassigned to another health district as their permanent resident of that area). There are 28 active cases (25 in Nipissing and 3 in Parry Sound). There is 1 Hospitalized in each district.
LANCELOT TOTALS: A 2nd case (VOC) has been identified as South African B.1.351. Total cases identified to this address is 42. Of the 42, There are 36 classified as resident cases, 6 non resident. 26 of the 42 have a preliminary positive VOC test and as mentioned above, 2 are B.1.351. There are 12 active cases listed, 28 resolved, 1 Hospitalized and unfortunately we have lost 2 community members.
VOC: The health unit announced that 63% of all positive tests conducted since Jan. 28 have tested preliminary positive for VOC. Dr. Chirico stated as a region, we were posting the region at significantly highe rate of preliminary positive results than the rest of the province. VOCs, Chirico said, spread 50 to 70 per cent easier than the original COVID-19 virus. “We have VOC community spread,” stated Dr Chirico “The current threat we face is the most serious since the pandemic began.” He further stated that VOCs spread more than 50% faster.
LOCAL BUSINESS: Please continue to support our local businesses. They greatly appreciate the support from our citizens.
PROTOCOLS: It is wonderful to see no new cases today. Please continue your dedication and leadership in us getting back to where we were. Everyone is fatigue but please hang in.
VACCINES: We need them, this is truly the answer to getting back to normal. They are being rolled out.
COVID-19 vaccines go through many tests for safety and effectiveness before they’re approved.
Source: World Health Organization
Learn More at who.int

COVID-19 Update (337-B) One new case to report today and 1 resolved case. Unfortunately we lost a community member today.

NORTH BAY: This brings our total case count to 262 (depending on outcome of false positives). We now have 29 active cases. Of the 29 active cases 26 are in Nipissing and 3 are in Parry Sound. There have been 97,903 tests to date taken.
ONTARIO: Reports 975 new cases today, bringing the provincial total to 295,119. Tuesday's case count is lower than Monday's which saw 1,058 new infections. On Sunday, 1,087 new cases and 1,228 on Saturday.
It is also the first time in the last six days that the daily case count dipped below 1,000.
VOC: The Province have listed 390 U.K. variant cases (B.1.1.7), nine South African variant cases (B.1.351), and one Brazilian variant case (P.1) detected so far in the province. No new variant cases were recorded since yesterday.

COVID-19 Update (337) We lost another member of our community

GOD SPEED

COVID-19 Update (336-B) No new cases to report this afternoon. 5 cases resolved. Good news.

NORTH BAY: There are no new cases to report at the 3pm announcement. There were 5 cases resolved leaving 30 active cases. Still waiting to hear about cases coming off the totals that were false positive . I believe it needs to be confirmed by CDC.
There are 26 active cases in Nipissing and 4 in Parry Sound. There are 2 Hospitalized in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound.
ONTARIO: Reporting 1,058 cases today and 11 more deaths.
The 7 day average is at 1,045 cases daily, or 50 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 23.7 daily.
The province says 31,163 tests were completed the previous day for a 3.3 per cent positivity rate.
HOSPITALIZATION: 646 hospitalized, including 280 patients in ICU and 189 people on ventilators.
VACCINES: 12,922 doses of the vaccine have been administered since its last daily update, with 569,455 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 240,669 people have completed their vaccinations (Both doses).

COVID-19 Update (336) There are 3 new cases to report from the weekend. No resolved cases to report.

FACEBOOK LIMITS: Everyone, I am at the maximum of 5000 friends that facebook has imposed and plus I have another 2,905 following. I can’t add anymore but you can follow all the updates. I encourage everyone that wants the updates to follow. This is day 336. Please know I am not ignoring the requests, I just can’t add anymore.
NORTH BAY: The 3 new cases are all in the Nipissing District. Our total case count now is 261 with 35 active cases. There are no resolved cases to report.
Total case count is 261. There were 170 cases in Nipissing with 30 active cases remaining. There were 91 cases in Parry Sound with 5 active currently. There is 1 Hospitalized in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound. Total tests to date is 94,529.
ONTARIO: Will be updated as soon as we get numbers. UPDATED: I have listed Provincial stats in (336-B)
VACCINES: Canada is expecting more than 640,000 shots from Pfizer and Moderna this week, which would represent the largest number of deliveries in a single week.
The two companies will ship more than 475,000 shots this week before scaling back slightly to 445,000 doses per week as they look to fulfil their commitment to deliver 4 million doses by the end of March.

COVID-19 Update (335) 30 days shy of a full year for us. It feels like an eternity to be honest.

NORTH BAY: There is good news in the outbreak declared at Cassellholme. More than half have been retested and they have come back negative. So it appears that the original tests sent to the lab gave a false positive test result. This has happened before. I don’t want to give a percentage of false positives from labs (I don’t have the stats myself) across the Province from over the past 300 plus days but it does happen. Someone may post on here if there is Provincial or national stats on this.
We know people are tired and have COVID fatigue, it is only natural. I too have COVID fatigue but we can’t let that get us down. Circle March 8th on your calendar and let’s count the days down together. Our case load is low but as I mentioned, it is the fast spreading VOC that is the concern.
You have been truly amazing example of a community that cares and our numbers showed that. This pandemic is something we hope everyone now will only see once in a lifetime. It is hard, disappointing and frustrating all at the same time. Please hang in, support our local businesses, appreciate our frontline workers and please be kind. We will get through this. The weather is getting warmer, please get out and get some fresh air and exercise. That is exactly what Wendy and I are going to do once this is posted.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,228 new cases today bringing the total number of cases to 293,086. There are 660 hospitalized (down by 39), with 277 in ICU (up by 14), 181 on a ventilator (no change).
VACCINES: We need vaccines to truly get back to normal and have all of our local businesses fully open for good. The cycle of open, closed, open then closed again is not helpful long term.
COVID-19 vaccines go through many tests for safety and effectiveness before they’re approved.
Source: World Health Organization
Learn More at who.int

COVID-19 Update (334) Day 334 of the pandemic.

NORTH BAY: We do understand the frustration and disappointment of the extension. It has been a long dark winter as they predicted. There is talk of a 3rd wave due to the variants. We have weathered the storm relatively well in the past 334 days having the 2nd lowest or lowest numbers in the Province. You truly have done your part. As I have mentioned it is the VOC that is the concern. We need to get this under control to keep our risk profile low. We need the vaccines.
OUTDOOR RINKS/SLIDING HILLS: We will be opening our outdoor rinks and sliding hills. We have been given permission from the medical officer of health. We ask that everyone follow the protocols to a “T” so we can keep them open. It is in our hands and everyone is watching. I have faith in our citizens to follow the protocols. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer. Get outside and strengthen your physical and mental health. There are 100s of kms of trails to enjoy.
LOCAL BUSINESS: We need to support them more than ever. The extension of the stay at home order does impact them again. Please consider making purchases now rather than waiting, order takeout or delivery to support our restaurants, if shopping online, purchase from a local business, order from a store that can not open to the public and make a purchase.and pick,up curb side. Call your fav local stores and let them know you will support them into the future so they can have confidence in hang in.
MARCH 8th: Let’s focus on this day. We want to get back closer to normal. We need to conquer the VOC. We need everyone to give their very best in the next 2 weeks. Watch the VOC count and know it spreads much easier. Our risk profile is higher with the VOC. Where in the past we stayed with a lower risk meaning if someone didn’t quite follow the protocols we stayed low and got lucky but the variant does not give us any runway if we mess up at all. We all share the dream of opening safely.
BE KIND: I have had my fair share of arrows, rocks, insults and sheer meanness thrown at me on blogs and social media. So have others. It is ok to disagree or not like decisions but to lash out at others in not a civil society. The goal from day 1 was your safety. From day 1 it was to reduce suffering and to get everyone through. Unfortunately lately there was more suffering and we lost a community member. Our dedication and direction has not changed even if it is more unpopular. Be mad at us but know that our priority is your safety. Be mad us but know we have not wavered on our priority of keeping your risk low.
Be mad at the pandemic not those trying to keep people safe. The pandemic is the enemy not other community members. We have gone through cycles of locked down, to limited opening and bigger bubbles to being locked down and confined to small family bubbles. Let’s stop this reoccurring cycle. We want to get back to life!!!! The answer is vaccines.
VACCINE: We need vaccines to get back to normal. Let’s channel our attention to getting everyone vaccinated. Having the vaccines allows our local businesses to fully open and get our day to day lives back. Once the vaccines arrive, we as a community will be ready. Until they arrive, we are on standby. We are stuck in a pandemic storm. We are ready. We want and need the vaccines.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,228 cases today, bringing the total number to 291,999. There are 386 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K., as well as nine of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa, and one case of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil. There are 699 hospitalized (up by 10), 263 in ICU (down by 6), 181 are on a ventilator (down by 9).

COVID-19 Update (333-C) Outbreak declared at Cassellholme

Unfortunately not good news. The health unit declared an outbreak today at Cassellholme. At this point no residents have tested positive but 13 have been identified to this outbreak with 1 testing positive for VOC. The health unit revised the numbers today to 19 from 18. The 13 are counted in this number.
VACCINES: We are so thankful most if not all residents have been vaccinated but most healthcare professionals have not. We need VACCINES!!!!

COVID-19 Update (333-B) Well this was a looooong day for everyone. Please be kind out there!

STAY AT HOME ORDER: Extended 2 weeks. The reason. . . VOC. . . VOC. . .VOC. Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, the health unit has stated that 68 per cent of all district COVID-19 cases have been variants, which is significantly higher than the rest of the province. I know people are disappointed and upset.
The name calling, shaming and the discourse on the blogs and social media is in overdrive. It is ok to be upset and disappointed. Please be kind when posting, it is ok to express your opinion but the visceral is over the top.
Unfortunately the VOC arrived in our community and that can not be ignored by medical professionals. We need the vaccines to get us back open and safe.
NORTH BAY: Today we record the highest daily count since the pandemic started (19). Of those 15 are in the Nipissing District. They did report 10 resolved cases today. We will open our outdoor rinks and sliding hills on February 22th after we were given permission to do so. Our staff are working on the logistics now to make sure the safety protocols are in place. We will need assistance from our citizens that all COVID protocols are adhered to.
NOW WHAT: This is day 333. It has been groundhog day now for a very long time. As a community, we were one of the lowest in the Province for almost 320 days straight. You honestly did your part and you should be proud. The very unfortunate part is the VOC arrived and changed everything. Today, we had the most cases ever in one day. It was great 10 cases were resolved today but an indication of the number of cases we are seeing. We need the vaccines to truly get back to normal.
VACCINE: If we truly want to get back to normal, we NEED vaccines. Why is this not the number 1 conversation? This will allow us to see businesses be fully open, grandparents will be able to see their grandchildren and the vulnerable and seniors at risk can feel safe again.
I wish I could tell you what you want to hear. I can’t. The variant is here full stop. If things get worse, it will be devastating. This is not fearmongering but reality. I truly hope we are wrong to be honest.

COVID-19 Update (333-A) We will find out today regarding the Stay at Home Order. We need the VACCINE

VACCINE: This needs to be the number 1 conversation now and moving forward. I am surprised to be honest that this is not the dominant conversation as it is the game changer for us to get back to normal.
NORTH BAY: We will know today what the decision is in regards to the order being extended or not. Please prepare yourself for either scenario. Toronto has asked the Provincial government to extend their stay at home order for another 2 weeks. It is complex to balance the needs of everyone. Regardless of the decision, there are going to be individuals upset on either side decision of the extension or lifting of the order.
LOCAL BUSINESS: They need our support. Please consider buying gift certificates from the businesses that can’t open. For those open, purchase items you need now instead of waiting to help them out. Putting off a purchase? Please re consider and buy now. Ordering on-line, buy from a local business instead of somewhere around the world. We have great stores, restaurants and service providers. We need them to survive.
I will update as soon as I know about the Stay at Home order.

COVID-19 Update (332) Good news today!!!!!! Only 1 new case (Parry Sound). 2 cases resolved, we know have 25 active cases.

NORTH BAY: The variant is the concern locally. In our district, there has been 22 preliminary positive cases of VOC. At this point only 1 of the VOCs has been identified as the South African Variant (B.1.351), the other 21 cases are waiting for confirmation as to the type of variant. I will be focusing on this area more moving forward.
The variants are faster spreading and modelling shows they may double every 8 to 10 days. We have been as the public focused on total cases which is sound but with the new variants we need to track their trends closely to get a better picture overall. Total case count now stands at 239 with 25 active cases ( 20 in Nipissing and 5 in Parry Sound)
We will know the status of the Stay at Home Order tomorrow.
VARIANTS (ONTARIO) : This is an area that we should be watching closely moving forward as well. Ontario Officials report confirmed variant cases of 348 U.K. variant (B.1.1.7), 10 South African variant (B.1.351), and one Brazilian variant case (P.1) detected so far in the province. Please keep on eye on this.

COVID-19 Update (331) 2 new cases today both in Nipissing District. There were 4 resolved cases today.

NORTH BAY: There are 2 new cases to report today. There were also 4 resolved cases and unfortunately we lost a member of our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. Total case count now stands at 238 with 26 active cases. Our active cases has been declining the past few days which is a positive trend.
The variant is the concern. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been the 2nd lowest or lowest in the Province until the variant hit our doorstep. I would like to recognize the community and all community partners working together for 331 days of dedication. The variant changed this for us but I strongly believe our community is up to the challenge.
Our priority from day 1 was your safety and still is. We must remain educated, informed and positive to continue to get us back to where we were. Shaming or calling people or organizations out is not helpful, it is the exact opposite. Please refrain, there is enough hate and negative discourse on social media and local blogs as it is. It is frustrating and it has been a long period of time for everyone, more some for others.
Please support our local businesses, call them, order something, use curb side pick up, they need our support more than ever.
Lets get back to leading the Province and keeping our citizens as safe as possible.

COVID-19 Update (331) GOD SPEED Mr. Arthur

It is with great sadness to hear we lost one of our community members. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

COVID-19 Update (330) Good news today. Only 2 new cases with 4 resolved. Both new cases in Nipissing District.

NORTH BAY: This brings our total case count up to 236 and we now have 29 active cases.
The last 5 days have been challenging for everyone from business groups, organizations, Churches and citizens alike. I have received my share of calls, emails and letters regarding the extended stay at home order. We all want to get back to life as we know it.
I would like to state, we have from day 1, made our citizens safety the #1 priority and we have not wavered. I have also stated from day 1, that we will listen, follow and support the recommendations from our medical professionals. I will also say, all the community partners are working closely together to keep everyone safe and we all want to get back to close to normal as possible as soon as possible.
Please know you have been heard. This has been a trying time for all of us, some harder than others. It is complex, complicated and frustrating all at the same time. I don’t believe there is anyone that doesn’t want us to open as soon as it is safe to do so. Today’s numbers are encouraging but past weekend numbers were concerning with variants. We need as a community to contain the variant.
If we can contain the variant and keep our numbers low, that will assist us to get in the colour coded matrix that the Province has set out. It really is in our hands.
IMPORTANT NOTE OF APPRECIATION: It is important to note our community was the lowest in the Province until the variant arrived on our door steps. You truly have done everything possible to keep our community safe with your actions and dedication. The variant is the challenge and I believe we are up for this challenge. Let’s conquer the variant so our community can again get back to leading the Province.

COVID-19 Update (329-B) ** BREAKING ** 8 new cases today. (4) listed as Outbreak-Associated and (2) under investigation.

NORTH BAY: Breakdown of the 8 new cases. . . 4 are listed as Outbreak-Associated, 2 are under investigation, 1 is close contact and 1 Community spread. Age groups. . .
The 2 under investigation are 19 or younger, the 4 listed as Outbreak-Associated are (1) 60-79, (2) 40-59 and (1) 20-39. Close contact listed as age group (1) 40-59. As for Community spread (1) 60-79 age group. All cases are self isolating.
Of the 8 cases today, 7 are in the Nipissing District and 1 in Parry Sound District. We now have a total case count of 234 with 31 active cases.

COVID-19 Update (329-A) VOC raises concern of 3rd wave. Key point to repeat VOC. . .VOC

NORTH BAY: You are going to start hearing more and more about a potential 3rd wave. There are some epidemiologists now doing modeling that shows with the new variants, that cases could double in one to two weeks, rather than the 30 to 40 days as we have seen. That is the concern here. Will it happen, maybe. . . maybe not. The potential though is that it could be the case. The next 2 weeks and maybe longer will tell the tale. If it does and becomes wide spread, it would be devastating.
We are not the only community that is going to struggle with the VOCs. There will be many and my guess, this will become the main challenge of most regions. PEI just became the last Province to report a VOC in Canada. In Mississauga, an VOC outbreak at an apartment building there, public health officials have stated they will test all residents in the building. In Quebec, the Premier was going to announce further reductions in restrictions on February 22 but now has stated that waiting until after their March break might be wiser. The reason. . .VOC mainly. Canadian health officials are concerned and they are expressing concerns frequently.
Locally, we have seen 2 Schools closed, students sent home. In the case of one of the Schools, students were told they are at high risk and must self isolated immediately. There was an outbreak declared at an apartment building, more than 18 cases reported. The fact students would be told to self isolate immediately without waiting to be tested or have results back is quite a warning sign. We are all thinking of the students and the educators. We are hoping that it is just a precaution to protect themselves, their families, their community and ours.
BUSINESS: This is extremely difficult on them. As a former business owner and entrepreneur, it is devastating and demoralizing. First the pandemic and then just when businesses thought some restrictions would be reduced, the door was shut because of the emergence of the VOC. Some can not open or provide services. Many have innovated and still are doing business either scaled down or limited, while others are deemed essential and are open. The Provincial government has put in place many grants and programs for them and we encourage all to apply. We do understand some will not qualify for different reasons however. The Federal government is assisting as well.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES: As citizens we can play a significant part to assist our local businesses. BUY LOCAL!!!!! Call them, order their products, encourage them, order dinner in, buy gift certificates, when going online to shop, click and choose local. Local business owners need to know you will support them, nothing gives them more confidence that customers calling and buying. There is delivery and curb side pick up. Looking to buy something and holding off, consider purchasing now to help them out. If we believe that someone else will do it, we are not supporting them. As a community, it takes all of us. My thoughts are the faster we get out of this the better it will be on business. Struggling for almost a year is not the answer, we need to conquer the pandemic quicker (I know easier said then done but it must be said).
VACCINES: We need them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are not coming fast enough. This is the answer to be honest. They say the virus will be with us for years to come, yes most diseases are, that is fact. We will need to adapt for sure. We need the vaccine to be able to cope with the virus long term like all other viruses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MENTAL HEALTH: Yes this is a factor for a vast majority of Canadians. This pandemic is hard on everyone. This is not an area of expertise for me so my opinion will centre around how is this addressed. I will leave it to the professionals to determine but I do know many recommendations have been put forward but it hasn’t garnered a lot of attention. If you are having difficulties with mental health or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your doctor, local mental health agencies, family or friends. Conversation is always the best and everyone wants to help.
Sorry for the long post but I wanted to address as many of your posts on my COVID updates as possible in this post 329. Does it answer all, no to be honest, but as one individual I am doing my very best. Stay safe, stay educated, support local business, stay home.

COVID-19 Update (328) We are all in this storm together

Make no mistake, this is challenging for everyone. I admit, I have taken my share of criticism. The shock of the VOC now is sinking in. The right approach is to support the directives of our medical professionals which I have confidence in. You should too. Is anyone or any organization perfect, absolutely not. It is fast moving and changing quickly. Everyone is doing their best.
Yes I do realize things don’t seem fair and depending on a individuals situation, maybe less fair than others or more fair than some. That is the storm that we are collectively experiencing. We used to say we are all in this together but some feel that is not the case. I get it. It is fair to state an opinion. We are however all in the storm. How we weather the storm is to be determined.
The concern is the VOC. We need to contain this variant and all variants that might follow. If we don’t, it will be more devastating than the past 300 days. The sign is flashing. . .BE CONCERNED.
It is Valentines’s Day, our first in the pandemic. With 328 days behind us, we are running out of firsts. It has been long. We have endured the pandemic far better than just about every jurisdiction (until last weekend) with the lowest numbers in the Province. Unfortunately we lost 1 person in the time period and our goal is to get everyone through.
The vaccine is the light. That light was dimmed for us when there was a shortage and delay of the vaccine recently. We need to hang in as tough as that sounds.
The next couple of weeks will be difficult with the VOC. We will have ups and downs for sure. Please do not get too high or too low. Easy to say, harder to do, I know. Stay tuned, stay informed, stay educated, stay safe and please stay home.
Wendy and I wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day during these trying times.
HANG IN!

COVID-19 Update (327-B) VOC identified as South African variant in our district. (Now 20 confirmed cases of VOC)

ADDITIONAL VOC: 2 more VOC cases identified today in the Parry Sound district.
NORTH BAY: The VOC is again the concern and reason for the continued Stay at Home Order. We must be careful out there, VOCs spread very quickly. As I mentioned this morning, we do not want to experience a surge of VOC in our community, it could be devastating to all of us.

COVIS-19 Update (327) VOC. . .VOC. . .VOC. Variant of Concern

NORTH BAY: There has been a lot of conversation in the past 24 hours regarding the extension of the Stay at Home Order. . . VOC is the concern. VOC strains have been known to spread far quicker than the regular strain of COVID. To wait or delay in responding would not have been responsible. There is a wide opinion on both sides of this debate on the Stay at Home Order extension.
LEADERSHIP: Here is the thing
If the Stay at Home Order works and contains the spread of the VOC, people will naturally say “it was over blown, not needed and not warrented, not science based, why, why, why would they take heavy handed approach”. “See it wasn’t needed, they don’t know what they are doing”
Conversely, if the VOC spreads quickly and many more are inflected the conversation will be “ why did you wait so long, should have happened sooner, what are they doing, this is awful, someone dropped the ball” It takes time to identify, mobilize, trace and contact individuals let alone get everyone to comply if they haven’t been tested or still waiting on results. If protocols were not followed, how is that the fault in the decision making process? The spread of a VOC is out of the hands of everyone until it is identified. In our case, travel was the weak link. I will not speculate on how it spread through a building so quickly as there are many opinions on that.
Either way leadership is wrong even though they were right. Either way, the decision is unpopular. Either way the criticism will be harsh.
PERSPECTIVE: 2 Schools are closed, the grade 9 cohort and those that took bus 133 have been deemed high risk and have been ordered to self isolate IMMEDIATELY. Can you imagine, students ordered to isolate immediately without even having a test. A single apartment building has been identified to have 18 cases of a VOC within a week. All of this adds up to a large flashing neon sign saying: BE CONCERNED!!!!!!!!!!!!
If this isn’t a wake up call, we are not paying attention. Please no cheating, we need everyone to stay informed, be patient, stay calm and be understanding, it is a serious situation.
In the end and in reality, I am hoping in the next 2 weeks that the criticism and conversation will be “ they were heavy handed, not warrented and over blown” because the alternative (we think it is bad now) is “something we never want to experience in a lifetime”

COVID-19 Update (326-C) Latest on Algonquin High School situation.

Anyone in the Grade 9 cohort or anyone on Bus 133 are at high risk and now required to self isolate immediately.

COVID-19 Update (326-B) ***UPDATES 755PM ( Now 19 variant cases) A total of 18 cases of a VOC (Variant of Concern) identified. There may be more. The fast spreading variant is a health concern that CAN NOT be taken lightly.

Tonight everyone learned of a medical professional at our Hospital and a student at a local High School have tested positive (no confirmation that this is a variant as of yet). COVID is now been identified individuals that attend primary School, a High School and works at our Hospital. Let’s face it, all these locations have high traffic volumes of people. Hundreds of individuals pass thru these doors everyday, come in contact with others even with separation, go home to their families and spouses go to other workplaces. With the new VOC, the spread can surge through our community faster than most want to believe. This can not be under estimated.
Everyone: Our priority from day 1 was the safety of our citizens and this has driven all decision making for the past 326 days. There have been many unpopular decisions made in the past 326 days but each one has been proven to be effective as part of the overall strategy. Today’s decision to remain in the Stay At Home Order is sound even if it is thought to be another unpopular decision.
Since day 1, closing indoor facilities, boat launches, fire permits, closing city facilities, not opening arenas were just as unpopular then but proved to be successful in keeping our numbers low. The later decision to close ODRs, hills and trails was met with the same backlash. Anyone can point to any one decision and say it wasn’t effective, that is easy, but it is the overall efforts that have kept our numbers down. Unfortunately international travel which we have no authority or jurisdiction over, may have been our weak link. That is not an excuse but a reality that we have no control over.
We ask for your understanding, patience and calm as we go through this as a community. The variant does complicate the situation and has changed our path moving forward. Our focus must remain on the safety of the collective community. We are committed to making the best decisions with the latest information available to protect our community.
Again I ask respectfully that calling out or shaming organizations or individuals is not helpful and conversely actually hurts us all in the long run. Not one leader ever wants to stand up and make unpopular decisions and have everyone angry at them. Strong leadership is necessary, needed and warranted at times of high risk. Be mad at all of us if we don’t make or support these unpopular decisions however.
The decision to remain in a Stay at Home Order needs to be respected and supported for the reasons above. This is a serious situation that requires everyone to get behind. I ask everyone (those that support or don’t support the order) to show solidarity as a community that we care for one another. Our frontline medical personnel are at the fore front of this and we need to show our respect to them. We need everyone to remain calm, up to date and stay at home.
I fully support Dr Chirico’s decision.

COVID-19 Update (326-A) *****BREAKING NEWS******* STAY AT HOME ORDER EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 22th IN NIPISSING

Here is the link for everyone.
NORTH BAY: There are 5 new cases today, 2 in Nipissing and 3 in Parry Sound. This brings out total case count to 226. We have 25 active cases. There were 3 more resolved cases.

COVID-19 Update (324) There are 2 new cases today (1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound)

NORTH BAY: We now have a total case count of 221 counting the new new cases today. We now have 23 active cases as 1 was resolved today. It is good to see 2 days in a row with low cases after the declared out break. Let’s keep it going. The protocols are are best friend, please continue to do your part.
LATEST FROM THE HEALTH UNIT: As of February 11, 2021, 24 individuals have tested positive in connection to the COVID-19 Community Outbreak associated with the Skyline – Lancelot Apartments. Nineteen of these individuals reside full-time in the apartment building. Eighteen of the 24 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have a preliminary positive result of a COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC).
Once a preliminary result of a VOC has been identified, the sample undergoes further testing to determine the exact strain. The Health Unit is still awaiting the final results for all samples and will inform the public of the strain once confirmed. All individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and high-risk contacts are required to self-isolate.
Do your part. Stay home, stay safe, stay kind and save lives.
PROVINCIAL HOSPITALIZATION: According to the Ministry of Health, 883 were in hospitals (down 65), 299 in ICU the first time that figure has fallen below 300 since Dec, 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update (323-B) Way better news today!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only 1 new case with 3 more resolved.

NORTH BAY: Today the new case was located in Nipissing District. We have 22 active cases and our total case count is 219. 18 of the case are in Nipissing and 4 in Parry Sound. We have 1 Hospitalization. To be honest, I braced myself for additional cases so this is welcome news. We are not out of the woods however. The past few days shoe very clearly what happens with international travel and others letting their guard down. We can’t afford to relax even for a second. Let’s renew all our efforts until the vaccine is widely distributed.

COVID-19 Update (323-A) Please refrain from shaming or calling out the health unit. Please read before commenting.

EVERYONE: We are on day 323 of this pandemic and it is hard on everyone. I do understand that people are frustrated with the pandemic and the challenges it causes us all. We started this pandemic as we are all in this together. WE STILL ARE.
We have worked closely with our community partners including Dr Chirico and his team at the health unit. We have done well as a region for the past 315 days but we are going through a tough spell with the VOC. We will get through this with our northern resolve and working together.
It is ok to disagree or agree with decisions but you must know, every decision made is in the best interest of all. Leadership is difficult in the best of times but at times the worst comes out in people.
Let’s reset. WE need everyone to be educated, informed and up to date. That is on us. We are trying. We will continue to do better.
I have FULL confidence in Dr Chirico and his team, our Hospital and medical professionals, our frontline emergency workers, Police, Fire, EMS, mental health experts and all the citizens that serve us everyday at our local businesses.
Before making a comment, please consider everything all these individuals are doing day in and day out to help keep you safe. We need them. To bash, shame or call them out, only hurts us.
I am proud to work side by side with them and they are truly our heroes.
A simple ask: Lets stay calm, informed and up to date on the ever changing information that will continue to evolve. Lets put aside the negativity and focus on what we all can do, to keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 Update (322-C) 4 new cases to report today.

North Bay: There were 4 new cases to report today, 2 in the Nipissing district and 2 in the Parry Sound District. The total number of cases now is 218. There are 24 active cases in the districts. The VOC has been identified here in our district.
Sunset School was closed today by the medical officer of health.
We ask everyone to follow the Stay at Home Orders and follow of the protocols To a ”T”.
Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (322-B). Latest information on VOC (Variant of Concern)

NORTH BAY, ON – Yesterday, the Ontario government announced the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) will remain in shutdown until February 16, 2021, and the Stay-at-Home Order will remain in effect.
In January, the Health Unit’s district saw its largest number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Recently, preliminary results of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) has been confirmed in three individuals. The Health Unit has announced a COVID-19 Community Outbreak in association with a VOC. Due to the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order and the increased risk of transmission of the COVID-19 VOC, outdoor public skating rinks, skating trails and tobogganing hills will remain closed. Due to the threat of the COVID-19 VOC and the unessential travel between Health Unit districts, OFSC trails and snowmobile trails on crown land will also remain closed. The Health Unit will continue to monitor the local situation and re-evaluate the closures on February 16, 2021.
“With the significant increase of cases and the outbreak declared yesterday, this is a critical time for us. It’s up to everyone to take action, we need to stop the spread of COVID-19 before it’s too late,” stresses Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “The community outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. We need to be vigilant as COVID-19 Variants of Concern are highly transmissible. By staying in shutdown, we are able to help stop the spread further into our district.”

COVID-19 Update (322-A). We know there is a lot of concern out there with the latest cases regarding the apartment building and School Including the variant

NORTH BAY: Your concern is justified and warranted. We are just as concerned. Please know that all community partners are working closely together in the best interest of everyone and safety of our citizens is the priority. We have all been working closely together since the start of the pandemic. Please have confidence in our medical professionals and community partners. Your assistance is important.
This more than likely will spread, please know that. We NEED your help. The protocols and Stay at Home Order is more important than ever. We NEED everyone to be extremely careful.
The protocols and Stay at Home Order are there to keep your risk profile low. Please do not panic but be aware the risk is much higher today than last week.

COVID-19 Update (321-E) ATTENTION! MORE BREAKING NEWS. SUNSET PUBLIC SCHOOL.

A Member of the Sunset Park Public School has Tested Positive for COVID-19
NORTH BAY, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed a member of the Sunset Park Public School community has tested positive for COVID-19. As the individual was at the school during their infectious period, the Early Learning, Kindergarten JK/SK Immersion Class and anyone who took the Stock Bus Lines - Bus 164 on February 4 and 5 have been dismissed. The Health Unit is working with the school and Near North District School Board to ensure that all close contacts are contacted directly. The individual is currently self-isolating.
If you are a parent or guardian of a student at Sunset Park Public School and have questions, please call the Health Unit’s School Call Centre 1-800-563-2808 option 6.
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. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
For more information, please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update (321-D). Latest on Outbreak at Lancelot Apartments in North Bay. 17 tested positive with more tests results to come back

On February 6, 2021, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) made the public aware of an outbreak of COVID-19 among individuals who reside in the Skyline – Lancelot Apartments. Due to the small number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in the Health Unit’s district, this has raised concern. This is especially worrying as two of the people who tested positive had a preliminary confirmation of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern.
Health Unit staff, wearing full personal protective equipment, went door-to-door on February 6, 2021, to inform the residents about the COVID-19 situation in their building.
Yesterday, February 7, 2021, the North Bay Regional Health Centre’s Assessment Centre tested roughly 110 people from the apartment building onsite.
As of today, February 8, 2021, 13 individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19, with some results still pending. One of these individuals has been hospitalized.
As of 3 p.m. today, 17 individuals who reside in the building have tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, the Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 Community Outbreak at the Skyline – Lancelot Apartments location.
It is unknown at this time whether these additional individuals have a COVID-19 Variant of Concern. Currently only two residents within the building who have tested positive for COVID-19 have a preliminary positive result for the COVID-19 Variant of Concern. All specimens of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have been sent for additional testing, which takes days to receive results.
Public Health staff are currently conducting case and contact management for all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents of the apartment building have been made aware of the outbreak.
The Health Unit has released the location of the outbreak due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases and to alert residents, staff and any visitors to the apartment building.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek testing or further care. If you need further assistance, call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
For more information, please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update (321-C) NOT A GOOD DAY FOR US: In addition to the 12 on the weekend, there are 4 additional cases.

NORTH BAY: The 4 new cases in addition to the 12 announced this morning for a total of 16. This is the most ever reported in on one day. We now have 22 active cases. To be honest, this is concerning.
STAY AT HOME ORDER: I will update as soon as I get more information on what it means for our local businesses, ODRs and sliding hills. Today the Province announced we will have our Stay at Home orders extended to FebFebruary 16th, in large part to the new variant and the 12 cases announced over the weekend.
With the variant locally, it is so so important to remain focused on all protocols. The 12 was a surprise and a shock to us but we knew if there was a letdown on the protocols and travel, we would not be immune.

COVID-19 Update (321-B) BREAKING. . .Stay at Home Order extended until February 16th in our region.

Latest out break including variant locally pointed out during media briefing by the Province.
This out break with a suspected case of a variant of concern is a valid reason to extend a week.

COVID-19 Update (321-A) 12 new cases. NOT a good way to start the week! Multiple Updates today on weekend numbers and the Stay at Home Order today.

LOCAL WEEKEND NUMBERS: NOT a good way to start a week. 12 new cases today. We now have 19 active cases with 17 in Nipissing.
STAY AT HOME ORDER: There is a lot of interest in the announcement today in regards to next steps on the Stay at Home Order. As soon as we get the latest information on the Stay at Home Order and what it means for us, I will post details. Indications are some areas of the Province will be gradually opened up, but what that means to us opening up, we have to wait and see.

COVID-19 Update (321). We should get more information tomorrow regarding the Stay at Home Order see to expire Wednesday and what it means for our district.

North Bay: We should get more information from the Province tomorrow following the Premiers announcement in regards to the Stay at Home Order. Many of the questions I am receiving is will our district be opened up low to moderately or be back to the green zone, while many parts of the Province gets extended. There is no guarantee that we will be changed either to be honest. We have to wait and see, stay tuned. We will have our COVID numbers tomorrow morning at 10am and 3pm.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,489 cases today. The trend is downwards which shows measures are making a difference.
DEATHS: Total death toll in Ontario stands at 6,506 (up 22)
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 517, Peel 261, York 121
RESOLVED: A total cases of 256,903 are resolved (up by 1,937) and is 92.3 per cent of all known cases.
VARIANTS: 174 confirmed cases of the U.K. B.1.1.7 variant and one confirmed case of the South African B.1.351
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 926 people are hospitalized (down by 95), 335 in ICU (up by 10), 233 on a ventilator (up by 5). .
DATA ON SUNDAYS: The province noted that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit their daily bed census for Sunday’s report — as is often the case on weekends.

COVID-19 Update (320). ATTENTION EVERYONE: A cluster of cases have been identified in an apartment building including a variant of concern.

The latest from the North Bay Health Unit:
NORTH BAY, ON – A cluster or group of COVID-19 cases have been identified that have no connection other than living in the same apartment building; the individuals are unknown to each other. Due to the small number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in the Health Unit’s district, this has raised concern. This is especially worrying as one of the people who tested positive had a preliminary confirmation of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern.
In an abundance of caution, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Health Unit in collaboration with the North Bay Regional Health Centre’s Assessment Centre are offering on-location COVID-19 testing to residents of the building for COVID-19. The Health Unit is also asking that residents of the building self-isolate until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 Update (319) There are 2 new cases to report. One in Nipissing and one in Parry Sound District.

NORTH BAY: The total case count is now 198, with 9 active cases. With today’s new cases, we have had 14 cases in last 17 days. We are still the lowest in Ontario for COVID CASES (148.7/100K).
ONTARIO: Reports 1,670 new cases today and 45 deaths. An extra 125 cases may have been added as Toronto health unit switches over to the Provincial data base. These cases may have been from previous days
The past few days, the Province has reported 1,563 new cases on Thursday, 1,172 on Wednesday and 745 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average is 1,576.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 667, Peel 317 and York 125.
POSITIVITY PERCENTAGE: Ontario completed 62,710 tests in the past 24 hours, marking a 2.5 per cent positivity rate – the lowest in the province since October.
VACCINES: There have been 7,694 doses administered in the past 24 hours, for a total of 262,749 administered by today. To date, 87,831 people have been fully vaccinated in Ontario.
ACTIVE CASES: There are 15,722 active cases in Ontario,
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 1,043 currently hospitalized of which 325 are In ICU and 225 those on ventilators.
NEW VARIANT: 3 new cases of the U.K. B117 variant have been reported in the past 24 hours
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North Bay is Proud to proclaim 2021 as the Year of Inclusion and Equity

On behalf of City Council, I am proud to issue an official Proclamation recognizing 2021 as a year of inclusion and equity in North Bay.
“I would like to commend the newly-created Equity and Inclusion North Bay – Working Group for its efforts to reduce barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion in our community,” said Mayor McDonald. “As a City, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and is afforded the same opportunities.”
North Bay City Council endorsed the Equity and Inclusion Working Group last fall and appointed Coun. Mac Bain as a City representative.
“Thank you to Mayor Al and the City Council for proclaiming 2021 a Year of Inclusion in North Bay. An excellent step in helping our group of engaged and passionate community leaders and volunteers promote a year of education and awareness around diversity and inclusion issues, starting with Black History Month in February,” said Gemma Victor, on behalf of Equity Inclusion North Bay.
“The theme for the year is ‘Our Shared History.’ Our plan includes engaging with the entire community throughout the year to educate with passive and active programming. Equity Inclusion North Bay would like to thank Maurice Switzer and Heidi Buck for being instrumental in getting this piece of work off the ground.”

COVID-19 Update (318) WE NOW HAVE THE LOWEST COVID NUMBERS IN ONTARIO (148/100K)

NORTH BAY: Very good news today, we are lowest in Ontario for COVID at 148/100K. Algoma is 2nd with 152.5/100K. In our last 16 days, we have recorded 12 new cases. We had 1 new case today. Our total count is now 196, with 6 active cases in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound.
CONCERNING NEWS: Our health unit has identified a positive case of the new variant from international travel. This re enforces the message of following the protocols closely. Hopefully the case was caught quickly and there was no further transmission. Be careful out there.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,563 cases today, 1,956 resolved cases, and 88 deaths. The 7 day average for new daily cases is down to less than 1,600. The downward trend is continuing which is a positive sign. There are now 16,330 active cases in Ontario.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,101 (down 35), in ICU 323 (down 13), those on ventilators 241 (down 13).
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 584, Peel 265, York 132.
The downward trends in the Province is a great sign, with Hospitalizations and ICU numbers down. It appears the Stay at Home Orders are making a significant difference.
In North Bay and district, we now are lowest in the Province. I would like to thank our citizens, front line workers, local businesses and our community partners for making this happen. We do appreciate the sacrifices made by all. The pandemic is hard on everyone, we we truly have a northern resolve to handle this. Please get outdoors and get some fresh air, exercise to strengthen your physical and mental health. The winter weather is gorgeous.
Well done North Bay!

COVID-19 Update(317) One new case today, in Parry Sound district.

NORTH BAY: Our trend of limited number of cases for past 2 weeks is a great sign. There are a total of 7 active cases in the district with Nipissing having 5 and Parry Sound with 2. There are no Hospitalizations at this time. Well done North Bay
ONTARIO: Ontario is reporting 1,172 new cases of COVID-19 today but officials note that updates to the provincial case-management system are causing data fluctuations. There were 67 deaths reported today.
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 444, Peel 199 and York 110 are the usual spots with the most cases.

COVID-19 Update (316) One new case (Nipissing district) and my personal reason not to support a Northern Ontario bubble.

NORTH BAY: There has been a call from a Mayor of a large urban centre in Northern Ontario asking the Province to create a northern Ontario bubble to help protect his city. I always have respect for ideas and suggestions. Here is why I am not in favour of closing down Northern Ontario. To block off all highways into Northern Ontario (both south and Quebec borders) would be unworkable, create a nightmare for the supply chain for essential goods and items we need day to day, hinder travel of essential workers, hurt our local businesses that need product, supplies and material, cause undue delay of traffic. This may prevent the virus coming further North from the south is not a bad idea per se but we need to remember our citizens are travelling as well, for medical appointments, be primary care givers, and other essential reasons (and of course there are a few that abuse it). Our citizens can easily bring it north too. It is double sided, closing the highways also means, blocking northern Ontario citizens from travelling as well. We can’t have it both ways to be honest. As you know, we have been very strict and have closed down facilities that other cities have not around the Province including northern Ontario to further discourage non essential travel. This was a difficult and unpopular decision but the right one nevertheless. The most important thing to keep in mind to stay safe and to help keep yourself at low risk, follow all the protocols to the letter. That is how we protect everyone.
ONTARIO: Reports 745 new cases today (does not include data from Toronto). So please do not take stock in this low number (but it would be nice if it was factual).
NEW VARIANTS : Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam “there are signs of community spread of COVID-19 variants in several provinces and 148 cases of the mutations that first emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa have been confirmed across the country, even as overall coronavirus case counts continue to decline”
VACCINE: — Supply delays mean Ontario won’t meet its goal of giving all nursing-home residents the first dose of a vaccine by Friday. High risk retirement and First Nations elder care home residents will now receive their first shot by Feb. 10.

COVID-19 Update (315B) *******CORRECTED******* There are 2 cases today, not zero. 1 in Nipissing and 1 in Parry Sound.

NORTH BAY: Our total case count is now at 193 We now have 6 unresolved cases. However our average in the past 10 days is way down although having 2 reported today is a 10 day high.
AREA CASES: Our district has 6 active cases as compared with Sudbury HU 86 active cases, Porcupine has 80, Algoma HU 18 and Timiskaming HU 1.
ONTARIO: Anorther day below 2000 in the Province. Good sign. Today they announced 1,969 new cases. Unfortunately there were an additional 36 deaths.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 886, Peel 330 and York 128.
STAY AT HOME ORDER: The Stay at Home order expires February 9th unless extended. We will not know until closer to that date, what the decision will be.

COVID-19 Update (315-A) One new case to report from the weekend.

NORTH BAY: We now have 191 total cases in which 5 are active. This weekends case was in the Nipissing District.
A full update after 3 today

COVID-19 Update (314) Ontario reports under 2000 daily cases today. We will have our weekend numbers tomorrow morning.

NORTH BAY: We seem to be on track last week, hopefully we continue the downward trend. Good to see the Provincial numbers trending down.
ONTARIO: Confirms 1,848 new daily cases today, a decrease from the 2,063 cases reported Saturday.. However, the Ministry of Health says an additional 300 cases from Toronto Public Health that was previously unreported has resulted in an overestimation of the daily count.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 726, Peel 306, York 168.

COVID-19 Update (313) Stay at home order enacted Jan 14th, we have been under the Stay at home order now for 17 days. 11 to go hopefully.

NORTH BAY: This past week we had 4 cases in 5 days. No numbers to report today. We have been under the Stay at Home orders for 17 days. We have 11 more to go Feb 9th). Please know depending on the trends, Hospitalizations, and daily cases, this date can be extended by the Province. Both the State of Emergency and Stay st Home orders are to expire Feb 9th unless extended. Overall, we had a good week. Of course our goal is zero cases but in comparison to others we have done extremely well. The vaccines arrived this week and they have been administered already, just over 500 (LTC).
SUDBURY: Reports 10 cases Friday-bringing their 5 day total this week to 57. They have reported 91 active cases and unfortunately the loss of a life today due to COVID
ONTARIO: Reports 2,063 cases today, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 266,363.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 713, Peel 379, York 178. However, the province said that due to "technical issues," Toronto Public Health is reporting 230 additional cases from a previous date.

COVID-19 (322) ***Updated*****Unfortunately need to report 2 new cases today. We have 4 active cases, 3 in Parry Sound and 1 in Nipissing. Update on local vaccine

Health Unit Vaccine Update: The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has completed the administration of the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Five hundred and five doses of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered to long-term care home residents, and 16 doses was administered to front-line staff in long-term care homes.
The vaccination of front-line staff at long-term care homes was done to eliminate vaccine waste. Once a vial has been opened it needs to be used within a specific timeframe and cannot be transported to a different location. The decision to prioritize front-line staff in long-term care homes over the Health Unit’s immunization staff was based on a risk assessment completed by the Health Unit’s Vaccine Preventable Disease Public Health Nurses.
NORTH BAY: Our total count is now 190. That is 4 cases in last 9 days) We remain the 2nd lowest in the Province at 143.4/100K. Algoma is the lowest at 135.4/100K. Sudbury currently is at 252.2/100K. To put in perspective Toronto is 2,643.4/100K.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,837 cases today. The trend is going in the right direction. The Stay at Home Order a

COVID-19 Update (321) ****UPDATED*****One new case today. That is 2 cases in last 8 days.

SUDBURY: **** UPDATED**** Sudbury Reports 17 new cases today. (47 new cases in past 4 days).
NORTH BAY: The new case reported today has already deemed resolved. Total case count is 188. We still have 4 cases unresolved. While the hope is we would not have new cases, the trend is still on our side. Our risk profile here is low, it doesn’t mean it is completely safe. We must all follow the protocols and the spirit of the stay at home order. Stay the course North Bay, the vaccines are on the horizon. Hang in.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,093 new newbcases and 56 more deaths. Stay at home order is still in place.

COVID-19 Update(320). No new cases today! Only 1 case in last 7 days. This is the trend we embrace, well done North Bay. Sudbury Reports 25 new cases Mon/Tues, declared outbreak in 4th School and may have seen 1st variant

NORTH BAY: Our total case count remains at 187. There are 4 active cases (3 in Parry Sound and 1 in Nipissing)
SUDBURY: Sudbury announces 12 new cases Monday, 13 cases Tuesday. Wednesday numbers will be reported later today. Also reports 4th School outbreak. Reports 86 active cases. Sudbury health unit revealed Monday a variant of the COVID virus might have infected a Sudbury person who had been travelling. That person is now in isolation. The public health restrictions in the Sudbury area could get tighter than the current lockdown and stay-at-home order if a variant of the COVID increases the number of infections. We need to follow this closely. It is not just the south we need to watch
ONTARIO: This is a good sign. Ontario reports 1,670 new cases today, the fewest on a single day since late November.

COVID-19 Update (319) Our Streak ends at 5 days. One new case today

NORTH BAY: There is one (1) new to report today (Parry Sound district). Our total case count is 187, of which four (4) are active. Parry Sound has 3 and Nipissing has 1.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,740 new cases today however the lowest number of tests processed in over two months. There were 63 deaths recorded.
While the number of tests are down, the trend is definitely going the right way.

COVID-19 Update (318-B) GREAT NEWS. NO cases reported today. That now makes 5 days in a row!!!! Officially back on track.

VACCINE: *** MORE GOOD NEWS*** The first vaccine allotment has arrived in North Bay. It is a small shipment and will be allotted to LTC as per Ontario’s vaccine protocols.
NORTH BAY: We have started to string together another streak. We still have 3 active cases. We did take a hit over the holidays and that shows what happens when we let our guard down. It is natural to want to gather, meet and be with people but also shows quite clearly the consequences. The vaccines are being rolled out, mind you, a little more slowly then everyone wanted. Please hang in, I know it has been a long 2 winter months so far. It is gorgeous out there today, get out for some exercise, fresh air. Fingers crossed we will see mass vaccinations by the end of April. We want to get everyone through. Stay strong, stay safe, save lives.
ONTARIO: Great to see their trending numbers. The number of new cases today are under 2000 (1,958) to be exact. It appears the stay at home order is having a significant impact on new cases. We need to see the trend continue. The medical,professionals will determine if orders will be extended depending on a number of factors which includes Hospitalization and daily cases. The largest concern of medical professionals is the several variant strains, including an extremely contagious variant first identified in the U.K., is now spreading in Ontario

COVID-19 Update(318-A) 4 days in a row without a case. . . Let's keep it going!

Thiese are the weekend results. I will have another update after 3pm to day but thought this post was important to recognize the great work by everyone, keeping our community safe.

COVID-19 Update (317) We are 317 days in, hang in, the light is getting brighter.

NORTH BAY: We will have numbers tomorrow morning. Our trend is encouraging. We took a hit from the holidays as did most of the country. We have settled into winter and as such, travel is reduced, which is helpful. With the closure of the ODRs and sliding hill, we see individuals finding incredible trails to explore and get exercise and posting on-line. Wendy and I found so many trails they were not aware as well. We are using the trails to keep up our physical and mental health thru this. Please get out and enjoy the outdoors and fresh air.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,417 new cases today and 102 deaths.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 785, Peel 404, York 215, Niagara 121.
VACCINES: 280,573 doses administered an increase 4,427. Since the pandemic began, there have been 255,002 confirmed cases. Of those, 225,046 have recovered and 5,803 deaths.

Covid-19 Update (316) North Bay has had back to back days without a new case. We have 3 active cases and no Hospitalizations.

NORTH BAY. (My personal opinion). I have received a lot of feedback on the closure of the hills, out door rinks and the snowmobile trails. I would honestly say far more are against the closure than supportive of closure. I believe the 3 clearest themes that I hear about the disagreement with the closures is #1 “ we are being punished for the south” and #2 “We have very low cases, 2nd lowest in Province per capita and the lowest “R” metric in the Province, why close them, again we are being punished even though we did our part” and #3 “mental health should be a strong consideration for keeping them open”. I do answer these questions over and over and I am sure I will again. Here is my opinion for what it is worth.
#1 “ We are being punished for the south”. . . In reality, we as citizens of Canada and the world are being punished by the pandemic but not just by the south. We are all doing without through this difficult times. There are a small few that disregard the protocols or simply believe it is not serious. That is reality, you will never get 100% agreement. The vast majority do however take it seriously. No question that the majority of districts are far worse than us. Our city has done our part and we must continue to do so until there is mass vaccination. We take pride in all our collective efforts. North Bay citizens “embraced” we are all in this together and it shows. Let’s celebrate our efforts in keeping our citizens safe. We are all suffering but those in the south and other parts of the world are suffering far more than us. One just has to look at Hospitalizations, case counts and unfortunately the death count in other areas. I will take our situation 10 times out of 10.
#2. “ Lowest cases, it is wrong to close, hills, ODRs and trails”. . . Yes we are one of the lowest jurisdictions for sure. Since day 1, we as a community have usually been the first in closing facilities, being progressive and putting in far more restrictions than just about everyone else and the slowest to open things up. Yes it is ok to be mad at us. And yes people have disagreed on the steps we have taken for many reasons. IT IS WORKING HERE! The stats show this out clearly. Lately, the most common messages are “Sudbury didn’t close any why us, we have lower numbers.” . . EXACTLY! Sudbury is a natural comparison as they are our neighbour and 80 minutes away. Let’s compare. . . Sudbury just announced yesterday 14 new cases, 52 active cases and 9 Hospitalizations. We have 0 Hospitalizations and 3 active cases and no new cases for 2 days in a row. They make decisions based on their situation that they feel comfortable with. We need to make decisions we feel comfortable with regardless if they are popular or not. It doesn’t mean their cases spiked because they didn’t close this trails, ODRs or hills, that may be true. However, we have taken many progressive steps overall since the start of the pandemic with the support of our citizens that make the biggest difference in our lower numbers. We have the responsibility to protect all citizens and have made very difficult decisions based on science, advice from our medical professionals and our message of safety is the priority. Even with all the local measures in place, does not mean it is safe however, it means your risk profile is much lower than other jurisdictions. We can still be vulnerable to a surge if anyone lets their guard down. In conclusion, disagree with the restrictions but recognize they are working for us in conjunction of the efforts of our citizens taking this very seriously. We are the 2nd lowest per capita with the lowest “R” metric in the Province. I personally would like us to be the lowest. We want to be the safest. Isn’t that the goal?
#3 “ Mental Health needs to be addressed” Absolutely I agree with this 100%. This is an area that needs to be addressed. I am not a professional in this area nor is our staff. We would like to see further steps taken to assist individuals in our community struggling with mental health challenges but that is not a reflection on the caring and dedicated mental health workers doing their utmost to help people here. They are making a difference. Our local mental health professionals are doing their best given these difficult times, no question. With a pandemic, the pressure on all resources is intense to say the least. We have pledge our support to assist.
In summary, the easiest route is to criticize any and all efforts, decisions or direction taken. We all do that from time to time. That is human nature. However during a worldwide health crisis, we need everyone to be as understanding as possible and to look at the situation locally and globally from a total overall perspective.
I would like to thank every citizen that has done their part to keep our community safe. We have not lost one person in our city to COVID yet and we want to be able to say that a year from now. Let’s get everyone through.
ONTARIO: Report 2,359 new cases today. The total number case count in the province is now 252,585. Total cases resolved 222,287 (up 3,025). Deaths increased by 52 for a total now of 5,573.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 708, Peel 422, York 220, Hamilton 107 and Ottawa 101.
TESTING: The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 4.5 per cent up from 3.3 per cent on Friday and down from last Saturday's when it was 4.9%
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,501 hospitalized (down by 11), 395 in ICU (up by 12), 299 on a ventilator (up by 8).
VACCINATIONS: As of 8 p.m. yesterday, 276,146 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID-19 Update (315-B) BOOM! Great way to end week. No new cases today!!!!!!!!!!!! (Back to Back days of 0 cases). KUDOs AGAIN NORTH BAY.

NORTH BAY: ( Be Proud) Lowest R metric in Ontario and 2nd lowest cases per capita in Ontario. Total case count is 186. There 2 unresolved cases in Parry Sound and 1 case in Nipissing for a total of 3. Less than 1 case per day in past 10 days (8 in 10 days with none in 2 back to back days). Hang in everyone, the light is getting brighter at the end of the tunnel everyday. While vaccines have a-temporary delay, they are coming. Let’s get everyone through.
ONTARIO: (Good news) 2,662 new cases today. Daily case numbers have slightly decreased in Ontario in the last week. The Provincial test positivity rate dropped to 3.3 per cent, the lowest since December. 7 day average of new daily cases was 2,703, down from a high of 3,555 on Jan. 11.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,512 people in hospital (down 21). COVID continued to pressure some local hospitals, so “Ottawa said it would send two federal mobile health units to the GTA. The units would add an additional 200 hospital beds and help free up space for people who need intensive care” media reports.
Some concerning news however. . .
LTC HOME: Health authorities say an unidentified variant caused a devastating outbreak that has torn through an Ontario long-term care home in a matter of days, killing 19 and infecting nearly every resident in Barrie.

COVID-19 Update (315-A) North Bay now has the lowest R metric for Covid in Ontario. This is a great metric for measuring spread. Well Done North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (314) NO NEW CASES TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

NORTH BAY: Our total case count remains at 186 with 5 cases being active. One case has been resolved.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,632 new cases, 46 deaths and 2,990 cases resolved today. Ontario’s test positivity rate is currently at 4.3 per cent. "The Province noted a “technical issue’ that affected Toronto Public Health’s case counts in the January 18 report has been resolved. As a result, 102 cases were added to today’s count."
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 897, Peel 412, York 245 and Ottawa 162.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,533 with 388 in ICU
VACCINES: As of 8 p.m. last night , vaccines administered 253,817 (up 15,899 in 24 hours). ,

COVID-19 Update (313) There is one (1) new case (Parry Sound District) to report. This individual is hospitalized. Our total case count is 186, of which six (6) are active ( 3 in each district)

NORTH BAY: Unfortunately the new case requires Hospitalization. This continues our average of 1 new case per day for past 8 days.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,655 new cases today and 89 more deaths linked. A total of 13,784 cases are reported resolved.
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 925, Peel 473, York 226, Windsor 179 and Niagara 12
VACCINES: 13,784 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since the last daily update. A total of 237,918 doses to date have been given.
TOTAL PROVINCIAL CASES: 244,932 cases to date and 5,568 deaths since the pandemic in 313 days

COVID-19 Update (312) WELL DONE NORTH BAY! One (1) case today (we are now averaging 1 new case per day in last 7 days). A much better trend then we saw in early January.

NORTH BAY: One new case in Nipissing. Our total case count is now 185. With 3 cases resolved today, we have 5 active cases.
NORTH BAY HEALTH UNIT: If people are looking to reach the Health Unit call centre staff with questions regarding COVID, call 705 474 1400 and make sure to select option 5 as soon as the recorded voice starts. Or push “6” to reach their schools call centre
Staff at this extension are available Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or a message can be left outside of these hours and messages will be returned the next business day. Both call centres are available 8:30-4:30 pm Monday to Friday and they are waiting for the calls!
ONTARIO: Reports 1,913 new cases, however, the government said due to a “technical issue” there was “likely” underreporting in cases from Toronto.
Toronto is reporting 550 new cases today. The last few days have been in the range of 815, 1,035 and 903. Today’s report marks the first time a single-day increase in cases has been below 2,000 since Dec. 28, when 1,939 were reported and is the lowest increase in cases since Dec. 13, when 1,677 were reported. Deaths have risen to 5,479 after 46 more deaths were reported today.

COVID Update (311-B) No new cases reported today (2 new cases reported this morning for the weekend).

NORTH BAY: Our total case count remains at 184, of which seven (7) are active. Active cases: Nipissing 5 and Parry Sound 2.
GOOD NEWS: Six (6) cases have resolved with only 7 resolved. This is a trend that we like to see.
ONTARIO: Reports a considerable drop in new cases (2,578) and (24) deaths on Monday, which could be partially explained by a corresponding fall in testing rates to the lowest point seen in two weeks..
The 7-day average now stands at 3,074, which is down 10 per cent from this time last week (3,394).
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 815, Peel 15, York 151 and Hamilton 121.

COVID-19 Update (311) Over the weekend two (2) new cases were reported (1 in Nipissing, 1 in Parry Sound).

One individual is hospitalized. Our total case count is 184, of which thirteen (13) are active

COVID-19 Update (310) Ontario’s rolling 7 day average is now down to 3,143 compared with last weeks 3,538.

NORTH BAY: We will have more numbers tomorrow morning. Traffic seems to be down according to what I am hearing on here, which is a sign that people are honouring the spirit of the stay at home order. Please keep up the great work North Bay! You are definitely showing the way across the Province. We are now on Day 310 of the pandemic and Day 4 of the Stay at Home Order. Stay as positive as possible, we want to get everyone thru. You can do it, vaccines are the bright light of the tunnel.
ONTARIO: Reorts 3,422 new cases today, up significantly from the last couple of days but overall 7 day average rolling average shows a good trend downward. Ontario reports 69 more deaths, including 36 residents in LTC homes. Total deaths now sit at 5,409. The number of active cases has also declined week-over week from 30,079 on January 10th to 28,893 today.
VACCINES: The Province continues to rollout the first phase of its vaccination program, inoculating health-care workers and residents of long-term care homes. As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 200,097 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine task force said it plans to vaccinate all residents of long-term care facilities by Feb. 14.

COVID-19 Update (309) Day 3 of the Stay At Home Orders and State of Emergency.

North Bay: We are still 2nd lowest in Ontario at 138.7/100K, slightly below Algoma at 120.6/100K. All the outdoor rinks and hills are closed in the district.
We are noticing slightly less traffic day to day since the stay at home order came into effect. Please let me know traffic wise if you are seeing a difference with the order. If traffic patterns are not considerable less, that may not be helpful to reduce the spread.
For our local businesses, there is now a grant program to assist them if the had to close or scale back. I will post the link in the comment section. If you know a small business owner, please pass along this link to them.
We are doing everything within our jurisdiction to keep our risk profile low. Our citizens should be congratulated on their efforts at being 2nd lowest in Ontario. We need everyone just to hang in for a while longer. We want to get everyone through this pandemic, we do not want to lose 1 person.
I realize that we are on day 309 of this pandemic but you have done extremely well. The vaccine will arrive and first go to LTC facilities to protect the most vulnerable. I am hopeful, the general population will start to see the vaccines by April (it will take some time honestly to get everyone vaccinated.
We have offered our medical professionals the use of city facilities including Memorial Gardens and other arenas as well.
ONTARIO: Reports 3,056 new cases today. This brings the total number of cases in the province to 234,364.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 903, Peel 639, York 283 and Ottawa 152.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 1,632 in Hospital (down 15), 397 in ICU(up by 10), 281 on ventilators (up 1)
VACCINES: As of 8 p.m. Friday, 189,090 vaccine doses have been administered, marking an increase of 14,460 from the previous day. So far, 19,333 people have received both required doses.

COVID-19 Update (308) There are two (2) new cases today. (Total of 50 cases since Jan 1st.)

NORTH BAY: 2 New cases today, both in the Nipissing district. Our total case count is 182. Five (5) cases have resolved (including one of the new cases) and we now have eleven (11) active cases.
Overall the last 3 days have gone relatively well for us. Our community is responding well considering the surge around the Province and the fact we are 308 days into this pandemic. It has been a tough 2 months for all of us. Please keep in mind, the vaccine is coming and the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter everyday.
Please hang in. We still need everyone to be part of the overall solution to get everyone thru this. We have not lost anyone yet here in our city from COVID, let's keep it that way.
You are doing great and yes we do understand it can be difficult but let's not get down. Stay positive, reaxh out amd speak with friends and family often via telephone, zoom or electronic means.
Our northern resolve is shining through.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,998 new cases today but also 100 more deaths.
HOT SPOTS: 800 new cases in Toronto, 618 in Peel, 250 in York, 161 in Waterloo and 153 in the Niagara.

COVID-19 Update (307) There is one new case today. (This is the 48th case since January 1st)

NORTH BAY: The new case is being reported in Parry Sound. Our total case count is 180. Five (5) cases have resolved, and we now have fourteen (14) active cases. !2 active cases in Nipissing and 2 in Parry Sound.
ONTARIO: Reports 3,326 new cases today. Today's count is higher than yesterday (2,961) and Tuesday (2,903). Deaths has risen to 5,189, after 62 more deaths were reported.
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 968, Peel 572, York 357 and Windsor 268.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,657 people hospitalized (down 17) with 388 in ICU (up 3) and 280 on a ventilator (up 4).
OUT DOOR RINKS/HILLS: It was a difficult decision to make and not made lightly. We have based all our decisions during the pandemic with the advice of medical professionals.
We have and continue to work closely with the Medical Officer of Health since the beginning of the Pandemic. We are fortunate that we have the 2nd lowest cases per capita in the Province. Since day 1, North Bay City Council and City staff have made the difficult decisions (many times unpopular but necessary decisions) during the pandemic in our efforts to keep our citizens safe. Our low numbers reflect our communities efforts to follow the local and Provincial protocols. In fact, North Bay City Council and City staff were first in the Province on many initiatives since the start of the pandemic to put restrictions in place to keep our community safe.
Following our regular EOCG (Emergency Operations Control Group) meeting, we have closed our outdoor rinks and tobogganing hills (on city property) in support of the recommendations from the medical officer of health to close them for the duration of the STAY AT HOME ORDER. If we want to keep our community safe, we must act.
We know this is will not popular, but it is the right decision for North Bay. The act of skating or sliding down a hill may be a lower risk activity BUT the act of sitting on benches with others putting skates on, travelling to the locations, meeting up with people, meeting up with friends, carpooling, gathering at the rinks and hills, the crowds at the hills, individuals inviting their friends to meet them at hill and rinks is the biggest concern for us in spreading the virus.
Further, we are asking our citizens to follow the SPIRIT of THE STAY AT HOME ORDER to prevent the spread of the virus instead of looking for loop holes to get around the order.

COVID-19 Update (306-C) GREAT NEWS! No new cases today

NORTH BAY: There are no new cases of in our Health Unit district to report today. Our total case count remains at 179. Seven (7) cases have resolved, and we now have eighteen (18) active cases. Of the 18 active cases, 14 are in Nipissing and 4 in Parry Sound.
WELL DONE NORTH BAY.
I will have another update later this evening regarding Stay at Home Orders

COVID-19 Update (306-B) Update (Lots more to come)

Here is the latest update from the Province. This will be very helpful to you. We know there are more questions, we are trying to get answers for you. As soon as I do, I will post: (new are Red lined)

COVID-19 Update (306-A) We will know more today on the Stay at Home order and what it means to you and our local businesses.

Myself and our CAO spoke with our Medical Officer of Health late yesterday afternoon on next steps that need to be taken as a city. We will continue to work closely with our community partners.
We have a meeting scheduled today of the EOCG (Emergency Operations Control Group) which consists of Health Unit, Hospital, Fire, Police and City.
With the surging cases/modelling showing COVID is not slowing down & Hospitals that may be overwhelmed, we will continue to keep you informed & educated as best we can moving forward.
I fully support "The Stay at Home Order". It is important if we want to keep everyone safe until the vaccine is readily available to everyone. I support the advice from our medical professionals.
Please have confidence that we are all working closely together to keep our citizens safe. City Council and City Staff have your safety as our number 1 priority.
What we do know is, changes are coming "legal parameters" to how each and everyone of us will be impacted day to day.
Many of your questions we just can't answer (and there have been lots!) at this point. Please be patient, we will

COVID Update (305) STATE OF EMERGENCY/STAY AT HOME ORDER: I know there are lots of questions on what this means. (Please bear with me, it is impossible to answer all the questions individually, there are far too many at this point. I promise as I get the information, I will post immediately).

I have called a EOCG ( Emergency Operations Control Group ) for tomorrow.
We are trying to get those details for you. We do not have all the information to pass along right now. We are doing everything we can so we can keep you informed.
There will be a lot of misinformation out there, please make sure to get the answers from a credible source.
We are reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 today (1 in Nipissing, 1 in Parry Sound). Our total case count is now 179, of which twenty-five (25) are active. Three (3) cases have been resolved.

COVID Update (304-B) No new cases to report this afternoon so our total case count remains at 177 and twenty-six (26) are active. Six (6) cases have been resolved.

VACCINE: According to the latest Angus Reid poll , the percentage of Canadians who have changed their stance from being cautious about the new vaccine to “enthusiastic compliance” has jumped 12 percentage points, with 60 per cent of respondents now saying they’re ready for their jab ( as reported by the Vancouver Sun)
ONTARIO: Reports 3,338 new cases and 29 deaths today. There are now 409 in ICU an increase of almost 100% from 30 days ago, with 275 on ventilators. There were 35 new ICU admissions Sunday, a level that, if sustained, could soon swamp the province’s 1,756 intensive care beds.

COVID-19 Update (304) There were 13 new cases over the weekend. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT A GOOD WAY TO START THE WEEK

NORTH BAY: (11 in Nipissing, 2 in Parry Sound). Two (2) of these cases have already been deemed resolved. Our total case count is 177, of which thirty-two (32) are active. The announcement of 13 cases is the most reported at one time. Nipissing total count is 104 and Parry Sound is 73. Of the active cases, Nipissing has 23 and Parry Sound has 9.
WE NEED TO GET SERIOUS: We need everyone to stop any activity outside the protocols that are recommended. The modelling below will show where we are going. I believe we will see even further restrictions being announced given what we are hearing provincially and nationally.
CONSIDERATION: We had heard right from the beginning the 2nd wave would be far worse than the first wave.
We know people are exhausted and feeling fatigued by COVID
In the first wave, there was a real sense of we are all in this together. While I continue to see here in our community that is still strong, it angers people when they see people traveling to snowmobile or fish during a shutdown when they are not visiting their own families. I know you are angered and worried. (Sorry we do NOT have jurisdiction to stop people from going south or people traveling north).
The longer the pandemic lasts, the harder it is for people to resist COVID fatigue or visiting family and friends especially when they see other not.
Here is some facts:
Survey data indicating that a large proportion of Ontarians are not following basic public health guidelines.
Mobility data showing a spike in movement by Ontarians in the days just before Christmas when the government imposed the Province Wide Shutdown.
MODELLING: Shows if we continue at the rate the daily case count will be over 6000 and our ICU's Province wide will be overwhelmed by the end of February.

COVID-19 Update (303) Ontario reports 3,945 new cases today

NORTH BAY: All eyes will be on the modelling forecast on Monday for the Province. Indications it is not good. We are Day 15 of the Province Wide Shutdown. Please continue to do your part to keep our risk profile low. We are doing well which really demonstrates our resolve and commitment to keeping our citizens, frontline workers and local businesses safe. Well done everyone!!!
ONTARIO: On Friday, 4,249 cases were reported, though around 450 of those were part of a data backlog. Today marks one of the highest days yet.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 1,160, Peel 641, York 357, Windsor 223 and Waterloo 220. The province also reports the positivity rate was 6.2% which is up from Saturday's report ( 5.3%).
HOSPITALIZATION: 1,483 people hospitalized (up 26), with 388 in ICU (up 6) and 266 on a ventilator (up 22).
NATIONALLY (as of Saturday) Canada surpasses 650,000 cases Saturday. Health officials detected 8,124 cases. Canada's total caseload is 651,972, with an additional 126 deaths. Total death toll is now 16,833. A total of 545,971 have been resolved.
VACCINES: According to COVID19Tracker.ca, a there have been a total of 296,241 vaccinations given

COVID-19 Update (302). Province announces 3,443 new cases and 40 deaths today. North Bay still 2nd lowest in Ontario.

NORTH BAY: We are still the 2nd lowest in Ontario. We ask everyone to be extremely careful with the surge of cases we are seeing Provincially, nationally and internationally. We are not immune to seeing our cases surge if we are not careful. Please don’t let COVID fatigue put you and your family at risk. Please support our local businesses and also please show your unwavering support to our frontline workers. We do appreciate everyone’s efforts to date. We are not naive to believe every single person is following the protocols that is why it is so important that you do. Don’t let those that don’t, put your family at risk. By following the protocols you keep your risk profile low.
ONTARIO 7 DAY AVERAGE: is now 3,406. Ontario’s 7 day average for deaths is 42.4.
HOSPITALIZATION: Sits at 1,457 which includes 382 in CU with 244 on ventilators.
VACCINES: Ontario has administered 15,700 doses. The total cumulative as of 8pm Friday is reported as 103,260 vaccinations. (Those that have received 2 doses sit at 5,880.)
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 1,070, Peel 548, York 303, Windsor 282 and Ottawa 179.
MODELING: The Province will release these numbers on Monday. All indications is it will not be good.
Enjoy the sunshine and mild temps. Get out, go for a walk, skate or toboggan ride. Most important just get out and get some fresh air to strengthen your mental and physical health. Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (301) A Better Day for us! One new Case today (Nipissing), 7 resolved.

NORTH BAY: Total case count 164. The are 23 active cases (14 in Nipissing and 9 in Parry Sound) 1 Hospitalized. We know people are travelling between hotspots, including people here traveling to the south and east and southerners travelling north. There in law against travel and quite frankly it is impossible to enforce. Please know this. By following the protocols, you will keep your risk profile low. We need people to stop travelling unless absolutely essential. We must all continue to do our part. I know it has been 301 days but we need to keep going. There may be further restrictions if case load continues to raise including moving patients from over crowded Hospitals in the south to North Bay.
ONTARIO. Record numbers today, 4,249 new cases. The Premier is promising further restrictions coming for Ontario. “ Most serious situation we’ve ever been in”

COVID-19 Update (300-B) JUST ANNOUNCED!

Our shutdown period as been extended to January 23rd.
SCHOOLS: Elementary students and secondary students in the seven Northern Ontario public health unit regions will proceed with returning to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

COVID Update (300-A). Yes we are on Day 300 of the pandemic. Only 2 new cases today!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (after 12 and 8 daily cases, this is a welcome sign). We do want to get back to zero daily cases. (Both cases reported in Parry Sound district)

NORTH BAY: We are still 2nd lowest in Ontario for cases per 100K even with the last few days added in. These stats are per 100K: Algoma is lowest at 90.9, North Bay is 2nd lowest at 123.3 and Sudbury sits at 153.8. To put it is perspective with the Hot spots, Peel is highest in Ontario at 2,685.6, Windsor 2,105.3, Toronto at 2,052.6 and Ottawa at 1,029.3. You can see the stark difference from us and southern Ontario.
We are expecting an announcement tomorrow regarding our 14 day shutdown. We are on day 13 of our 14 day shutdown.
There are now 29 active cases. Nipissing has 14 and the Parry sound district has 15. Our total case count stands at 163.
ONTARIO: Reports record high daily increase of 3,519 new cases. The provincial total now stands at 204,145. Today’s case count surpasses the previous record set on Jan. 2 of 3,363 new cases. Also concerning is the largest increase of deaths. Today 89 more deaths were reported. The last largest increase in deaths was from the first wave on April 30 with 86 deaths.
HOT SPOTS: The usual areas again to be Toronto 891, Peel 568, York 457, Windsor 208, Waterloo 175 and Ottawa 164
HOSPITALIZATONS: At record levels today. There were 1,472 people hospitalized (up by 9), with 363 in ICU (up by 2) and 242 on a ventilators (down by 4).

COVID Update (299) There are 9 (NINE) new cases today. The Holiday Season looks like it is biting us back!

NORTH BAY: We are reporting nine (9) new cases today (7 in Nipissing, 2 in Parry Sound). One of the new cases was already deemed resolved based on episode date and completion of isolation period. Our total case count is now 161, of which thirty (30) are active.
We are 13 days removed from Christmas Eve. As I have mentioned several times, this is what we were fearing.
There are 30 active cases now with 16 in Nipissing and 14 in the Parry Sound district
ONTARIO: Reports 3,266 new cases today, with 37 more deaths. The 7 day average is at a record high of 3,114 daily cases, Hospitalizations are setting record numbers 1,463 with 361 in ICU with a record of 246 on ventilators.
VACCINES: Another 9,795 doses of vaccines have been administered since yesterday. A total of 60,380 vaccines have been given to date. (8pm Tuesday night)
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 805, Peel 523, York 349 and Windsor 208.

COVID-19 Update (298-C) Not a good trend. 8 new cases today. Yesterday 12 were reported (weekend numbers included). UPDATED WITH VACCINE AND NORTHERN SHUTDOWN INFO below

NORTH BAY: Of the 8 cases , 2 are from Nipissing and 6 from the Parry Sound district. Our total case count is now 152 with 25 active. 1 was resolved from yesterday. Everyone, the trend has not been good, we really need to get back to where we were. Please double down and let's get back to what we do best, care for one another
VACCINE: Here is the latest on vaccines. The North Bay health unit link will be updated as more information becomes known. https://www.myhealthunit.ca/.../heal.../covid-19-vaccine.asp
NORTHERN SHUTDOWN: We should know more this week if it is extended but the trend with numbers is not a good sign. If we do open, don't be surprised if we are in the yellow or orange zones with latest numbers
ONTARIO: Reports 3,128 new cases today, which now makes 4 days out of the past 7 over 3,100 along with 51 new deaths. Hospitalizations hit a record high and test positivity remains at elevated levels. 1347 Hospitalized up from 1,322 yesterday.
HOTSPOTS: Toronto 778, Peel 614, York 213, and Hamilton 151. There are now 25,840 active cases in Ontario, up from 19,612 a week ago and 15,212 one month ago. The hospital occupancy on Tuesday is the highest ever recorded since the pandemic began in Ontario

COVID-19 Update (298-A) 3rd day out of 5, Ontario records over 3K daily cases on Monday. Quebec considering full lockdown with curfews

ONTARO: Reports 3,270 new cases, the third time in the last five days yesterday that the newly-reported infections have exceeded 3,000 in a 24 hours.
HOT SPOTS continue to be Toronto 917, Peel 581, York 389 and Windsor 246 and Ottawa 131.
HOSPITALIZATION: Continues to raise. There are 1,190 hospitalized including 333 in ICU with 194 on ventilators and 29 new deaths.
QUEBEC: As health experts warn that the pandemic is out of control in Quebec and hospitalizations continue to mount, Premier François Legault on Wednesday will announce a province-wide lockdown that will include curfews, La Presse is reporting.

COVID-19 Update (297-B) After reporting 10 new cases this morning at 9am, comes another report at 3pm of an additional 2 cases for a total of 12 today

Our total case count is 144 of which eighteen (18) are active
Both cases are 3pm are in the Parry Sound district.

COVID -19 Update (297-A) BREAKING: Over the long weekend ten (10) new cases of COVID-19 were reported (7 in Nipissing, 3 in Parry Sound). Our total case count is 142, of which nineteen (19) are active.

DETAILS:
5 cases in the 20-39 age group. (2 are classified as Close Contact, 1 as Community spread and 2 Under investigation).
3 cases in the 40-59 age group (2 classified as Close contact and 1 as Community spread)
2 cases in the 60-79 age group ( both classified as Close contact)
NORTH BAY: Not what we wanted to see of course and also the trend is not favourable. As I have mentioned is the past few weeks, this holiday period was concerning. We will see more cases (I am hoping I am completely wrong however) for the next 7 days that will reflect this holiday period.
As you can see, we need everyone focused to keep citizens safe

COVID-19 Update (296) Ontario averaging 2,792 new daily cases over the past 7 days. 2,964 cases reported today.

NORTH BAY: We will have our numbers tomorrow morning. You are doing great North Bay, get out side and enjoy the mild winter day, strengthen your mental and physical health and simply enjoy everything that our region has to offer in nature.
ONTARO: 2,964 new cases today with 25 more deaths. HOT SPOTS: Toronto leads the way today with 786, Peel 346, York with 308 and Durham 197.
There are 998 hospitalizations, including 329 In ICU and 228 on ventilators.
Provincial data suggests roughly 1/3 of Ontario’s 626 LTC homes are dealing with outbreaks, with 19 more facilities reporting that they’ve been hit by the virus today.
UNITED STATES: The latest seven-day average for new cases is 205,903.That figure is up 8% week-over-week. The US is also averaging more than 2,600 deaths per day.

COVID-19 Update (294) Well it in now 2021 and we are on Day 294. We are also on Day 7 of the Province Wide Shutdown. The good news is multiple vaccines have been approved. It is just a matter of time to get people vaccinated.

NORTH BAY: No numbers to report but the trend Provincial continues to be troublesome. We have had 132 cases in the district since the start. We are still 2nd lowest in the Province. We have seen our numbers increase in the last 2 weeks. Today’s message is of having faith that we will get through this. The tunnel is still long but the light is getting brighter. Hang in for the next 6-9 months, the vaccines will be widely distributed ( not to where we want it but wide enough to give us more comfort). Until then, stay positive, keep your mental health strong and get outdooors and enjoy what our region has to offer. So many trails and out door venues.
GOOD BYE 2020, bring on 2021. Happy and Safr New Years everyone

COVID-19 Update (293-B) Not a good day. 6 new cases (3 in Nipissing and 3 in Parry Sound). PLEASE DO NOT GATHER TONIGHT.

Our total case count is now 132 with 9 active. There are 4 active cases in Nipissing and 5 in the Parry Sound district.
We are just part way through the holidays and already have 6 today. Given the lag of 5 to 7 days before we see the consequences of infection rates and the holiday period, we need to brace ourselves for much worse numbers.
Tonight is New Years, I am already hearing rumors of get togethers. PLEASE DON'T The fines are steep but the consequences of speading the virus is irresponsible.
Please choose to be safe tonight, stay home and enjoy with your family.

COVID-19 Update (293-A) A staggering 3,328 new cases today in Ontario.

ONTARIO: Reports a staggering 3,328 new daily cases today with 56 new deaths related. This milestone marks the first time Ontario more than 3,000 cases in a single day, and the third consecutive day in Ontario with back to back to back record-breaking case count.
HOT SPOTS: Toronto 888, Peel 431, York 418, Windsor 257 and Ottawa with 194.
A record number (1,235) of individuals hospitalized and admitted to ICU (45) a record today. A total of 337 in ICU currently. The cumulative case count now sits at 182,159. The seven-day average has also reached a new record-high (2,436).
We are still in the early stages of the holiday season and we are already over 3000 on a daily count. Our numbers will be out this afternoon.

COVID-19 Update (292) Ontario numbers off the chart. This is not a good sign. We report 1 new case in the Parry Sound district.

NORTH BAY: The new case today was already deemed resolved based on date and isolation period. The good news is a total of 9 cases are resolved bringing down the active cases to 10. There are 5 in the district of Nipissing and 5 in Parry Sound. Our case count for the district is now 126. North Bay and area still a bright spot in the Province. Well done everyone. We do recognize this is not over yet, stay focused, the vaccines are being deployed. That is our light at the end of the tunnel. Stay the course, we are going to get through this if everyone respects the protocols. Be proud North Bay!
ONTARIO: Reports 2,923 new cases today, a record breaking number following a previous record set just 24 hours the day before. The provincial total now stands at 178,831.

COVID-19 Update (291-B). NEW. . . 3 Cases today. Nipissing district now has 6 active cases and Parry Sound district Reports 12 with 1 Hospitalized. Total cases todate 125.

UPDATE: Of the 3 new cases, 2 are classified as Close contact and 1 as Community spread. Three different age groups represented increase 3, 19 and younger, 20-39 and 40-59. Of the 3 new cases today, 2 were in Nipissing and 1 in the Parry Sound district.
GOOD NEWS: The Health unit has declared the outbreak at Nipissing University as over!
VACCINE UPDATE: Residents in long-term care will start receiving vaccines within days, and more than half of Ontarians -- including some in the general population. The province expects to receive roughly 50,000 doses of the Moderna shot on Wednesday and distribute them to long-term care and retirement homes. Immunizations should begin at those sites within 48 to 72 hours after the vaccine is received according to the latest report. An additional 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive next month, largely earmarked for remote northern and Indigenous communities.
The province states that they hope to have inoculated more than a million health-care workers and people in other vulnerable groups by the end of the first phase of its vaccine rollout, which will last through the winter. An additional 15 million vaccines are set to arrive in the spring, and about 8.5 million Ontarians should be able to get the shot by mid-summer stated Fprmer general Hillier. "I think we can get to a lot of mainstream Ontario by late July," he said “Certainly in Phase 2, we will get at a lot of the people in Ontario who don't have underlying conditions, who are not the most vulnerable, who are not most at risk."

COVID-19 Update (291-A) Ontario reports another record daily high of 2,553 today. With the 1,939 announced for Monday, the total 2 day count exceeds 4,500.

VACCINES: Today all locations for vaccines(Hospitals) will be open. They are expecting to get through 90,000 doses in the next several days. The Pfizer vaccine is used primarily in Hospital setting due to the low temperatures that must be maintained and the Moderna vaccine will be used primarily in Long term homes, congregate setting and more rural areas.
North Bay: We will know our numbers later this afternoon. The vaccine will take months to roll out amd we need everyone to follow the protocols, guidelines amd the spirit of the shutdown to keep our risk profile low.
The holidays pose a concern for cases and we will know more how we did in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Our fate is in our hands, please choose wisely.
I will update again later this afternoon.

COVID-19 Update (290) ***UPDATED***. We are currently 2nd lowest per capita in Ontario for positive cases. UPDATED: 4 new cases after last report on Dec 24th. All 4 cases, (Nipissing has 3 Parry Sound had 1) are classified as Community spread. Two cases classified as aged 20 to 39 and two others aged 60 to 79. All are isolating.

There have been 122 cases in the district, 105 declared resolved and one death. One person from Parry Sound remains in hospital.
NORTH BAY: Recap. As of Dec 28th, they have reported 112 cases with 105 resolved. They were 12 active cases in the Parry Sound district and 4 in Nipissing. A total of 68,899 tests have been administered. We are 2nd lowest in positive cases per 100K in Ontario. Our ratio is 95.6 per 100K. Algoma is lowest with 56.8 per 100K. To put our numbers in perspective, Peel is 2,332.6 per 100 K (highest in Ontario, Toronto is 1,778 per 100K and Ottawa is 919.6 per 100K. As you can see, there is significant difference. Keep up the great work North Bay.
ONTARO: Reports 2,005 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, marking the 13th straight day the province has seen upwards of 2,000 daily cases, also announced another 18 deaths. 823 people were hospitalized, 285 in ICU and 194 on ventilators

COVID-19 Update (289) Ontario reports more than 2,000 cases 12 days in a row, 2,159 on Christmas Day and 2,142 on Saturday with 81 additional deaths during those days. The Variant found in the UK, now in Canada.

ONTARIO: A variant of COVID-19 that has ravaged the U.K. is now in Canada, health officials said Saturday as they announced an Ontario couple had been diagnosed with the contagious new strain. The Public Health Agency of Canada noted that research into the new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing. Scientists say the variant is about 40 to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original strain. “While early data suggests that these new variants may be more transmissible, to date there is no evidence that they cause more severe disease or have any impact on antibody response or vaccine effectiveness,” the health agency said. The variant was first identified in the United Kingdom but has since been detected in several other countries, including Sweden, Japan, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands. The province’s associate chief medical officer of health that the strain of COVID was identified in a couple from Durham Region, just east of Toronto, who have no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts.
NORTH BAY: We are on day 2 of the 14 day Province Wide Shutdown. Please support our local businesses as they need us more than ever. Most have on-line presents and additional delivery and curb side pick up.

COVID-19 Update (288) Seems to be some confusion out there on when the shut down starts.

NORTH BAY: The Province Wide Shutdown started at 12:01am December 26th. In other words the Shutdown is currently in effect.
Please honour the spirit of the shutdown so we can get back to normal quicker. The vaccines are on their way, we need to get the upward trend reversed. Our fate is in our hands, choose wisely.
Here is the link to what this means for Ontario and for us.

COVID-19 Udate (287) A message of thanks and appreciation to our frontline workers.

NORTH BAY: We are 287 days into the pandemic and our community continues to respond well. We have so much to be thankful for, including one of the lowest cases levels per capita in Ontario. Our citizens and local businesses did everything they could to make our city one of the safest.
On behalf of the citizens of North Bay, a shout out to our frontline workers for being there from day 1 for us. We can only imagine how you felt at the beginning knowing you amd your families were in the path of danger. You never wavered and were standing ready for us. You are the Super Heroes and deserve our upmost respect. Thank you for your dedication and professionalism.
There are no numbers to report today as it is Christmas Day. Please know however, COVID is not taking a break. Please follow the protocols and remember our fate is in our own hands.
Merry Christmas everyone, stay safe and enjoy your family.

COVID-19 Update (286) Another high count today. 4 new cases today. Of the four, 3 are in the Parry Sound district and 1 in Nipissing. Total case count is 118, with 16 active cases. Of the 16 active cases, 15 are in the Parry Sound district and 1 in Nipissing.

ONTARIO: Reports a record daily high of 2,447 new cases today with 49 deaths. The previous daily high was 2,432 infections reported on Dec. 17.
Hot spots are the usual spots, Toronto 646, Peel 502, York 263 and Windsor 173 with nearly 64,600 tests completed since the last daily update.
The province will not release new COVID-19 data tomorrow or Monday
NORTH BAY: Of the 16 active cases, 15 are in the Parry Sound district with 1 Hospitalized. There is 1 active case in Nipissing and they are isolating. Of the 4 new cases today, 3 are under investigation amd 1 is Close contact with a confirmed case. Three of the cases are in the age group 40-59 and the other is classified as 19 or younger.
The holidays are now upon us, please remember that the protocols are our best friend ❤. Let's protect our frontline workers and get our local businesses open in 14 days by all of us doing our part.

COVID-19 Update (285) 1 new case today (#114) in the Parry Sound district. Case classified as Close contact of a confirmed case. 17 new cases in last 7 days in our district.

ONTARIO: Records 2,408 new cases today with 41 deaths.
The province says 41 more people have died from the virus and there are 1,002 people hospitalized.
Hot spots Toronto 629, Peel 448, Windsor 234 and York 190.
Canada has approved the 2nd COVID vaccine (Moderna).
Ontario expects to receive approximately 53,000 doses of the newly approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the end this month.
UNITED STATES: Has vaccinated just over 1 million people as of yesterday. Their goal was to vaccinate 20 million by the end of December.
NORTH BAY: We have recorded 17 new cases (the vast majority are in the Parry Sound district) in last 7 days. Please know there is light at the end of the tunnel and that light is getting closer. The 2 vaccines and the strategy to distribute will take months but it is underway. We need approximately 70% of Canadians to be vaccinated to achieve what they call herd immunity.
Hang in just a little longer, we are getting there. The holidays are worrisome for our medical professionals. Already we see people traveling even with the new guidelines announced. Your best protection for the upcoming surge is to stick to your household. I get it is difficult and hard through the holidays but beats being Hospitalized and putting people at risk. Stay safe everyone,

COVID-19 Update (284). One new case today, in the Parry Sound district.

NORTH BAY: As of December 26th, there will be only 1 colour for the Province and that is grey. Although we are still a green area, because of the Province Wide Shutdown, we will be classified as grey like everyone else. Please do not be alarmed if you see this. While our cases load is still low, active cases continue to be at a higher level than at anytime since the pandemic started. We are concerned with the Christmas holiday however. We ask everyone to follow the guidelines in the spirit of keeping everyone safe.
SPECIAL NOTE: We are included in the Province Wide Shutdown for 14 days minimum and everyone believes once the 14 days are up, we are no longer lockdown. That is not factually correct. If our cases surge or spike, we can be extended. That is why we are asking everyone for the sake of our local businesses and frontline workers that everyone do their part to prevent this. Our fate is in our hands.
Our stats are as follows; Total cases to date 113. Of the 113, there were 63 in Nipissing and 50 in Parry Sound. In Nipissing we have 3 active cases and 60 resolved, Parry Sound 13 active cases with 36 resolved and 1 death.
A total of 66,768 tests (Shout out to Dr Cowan and his phenomenal team for their outstanding dedication to our community.)
LATEST INFORMATION ON PROVINCE WIDE SHUTDOWN https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/index.asp

COVID-19 Update (283-C) No new cases announced today at 3pm. (2 were announced this morning)

Latest information shows 17 active cases. Nipissing has 4 and Parry Sound has 13.

COVID-19 Update (283-B) Our lockdown will be 14 days starting December 26th.

Here is the latest information regarding the lockdown and what you need to know.
https://assets.documentcloud.org/.../provincewide... (I am hearing this document will be updated shortly, stay tuned)

COVID-19 Update (283-A) 2 new cases reported this morning. Our total number now stands at 112. We now have 21 active cases in the district (14 in Parry Sound and 7 in Nipissing)

Having 21 active cases is not good. This is the most active cases reported since the start of the pandemic here in our district.
I am hearing long line ups at our grocery stores this morning
We will get our next report at 3pm today.

COVID Update (283-A) Potential Lockdown.

I have called an emergency meeting of the EOCG (Emergency Operations Control Group) to discuss next recommended steps here in our city. This group is comprised of Health Unit, Hospital, Fire, Police, Mayor and CAO.
Hello everyone. I am getting far more calls and messages that I can possible answer regarding this. We will know more later today and early tomorrow regarding exactly what is allowed and what is not. At this point, it would not be prudent to give out responses to questions that may be accurate or not depending on what the Province in conjunction with medical professionals release later today. Please be patient until we have confirmed information.
I have posted the link from the Province in regards to zones (including grey) in the comment section below. Please know that what will be announced today may be different than what is currently posted. So please just use as a guide until the exact information comes out.

COVID-19 Update (282-B) ONTARIO WIDE GREY LOCKDOWN DECEMBER 24TH.

As I mentioned in (279) December 17th, we may be heading to a grey lockdown on Christmas Eve. The Information will be confirmed tomorrow. It is believed that all regions in Ontario will be lockdown. Length of lockdown in various regions may be Shorter or Longer depending on factors TBD

COVID-19 Update (282-A)Ontario reports 2,316 new cases today.

OUR DISTRICT: After yesterday’s shocking announcement of 8 new cases in the district, we will have an update tomorrow at 930am.
Hotspots: Toronto 486, Peel 468, York 326, Windsor 151 and Niagara 128.
ONTARIO: We will know more this week about any potential lockdowns for the Province.
Enjoy your Sunday and stay safe out there.

COVID-19 Update (281-B) In a rare Saturday announcement, the health unit reports a record high 8 daily new cases.

The announcement is rare on a weekend. 7 of the 8 cases are in West Parry Sound and 1 in Nipissing. The is the highest daily total we have seen. 5 are classified as Close contact of a confirmed case, 1 is travel related and another was classified as Community spread.
The surge is happening across the country. Please do not take our low risk profile as it is safe out there. It is not.

COVID-19 Update (281-A). Canada Reports more than 7,000 new daily cases for the first time on Thursday

ONTARIO: Reports 2,357 new cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 153,614. This marks the second-largest single-day increase to date, behind Thursday's total of 2,432. Twenty-seven new deaths were reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,125.
Hotspots are Toronto 665, Peel 448, York 174 and Windsor 170.
The breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender: 75,369 male, 77,289 people female, 19,623 are 19 and under, 56,207 are 20 to 39, 44,016 are 40 to 59, 22,024 are 60 to 79, 11,716 are 80 and over. The City of North Bay, the North Bay Health Unit and the North Bay Hospital are working closely together and have put our a Holiday recommendation list. Please have a look to stay up to date. I shared this 2 days ago on my timeline
NORTH BAY: We are still currently in the green zone. As of yesterday, we have 11 active cases ( 4 in Nipissing and 7 in Parry Sound district). All active cases are isolating. We have no Hospitalized at this time. Of the 102 cases, 90 are resolved and 1 death.

COVID-19 Update (280-B) 4 new cases today. . . Not what we wanted to hear. (All 4 new cases are in the Parry Sound District)

NORTH BAY: 4 New cases today, 3 are classified as "close contact of a confirmed case, 1 as "Community Spread". 2 are in the age group of 19 and younger, 1 aged 20-39 and the other 40-59. All 4 are isolating. Currently there are 11 active cases of which 4 are in Nipissing and 7 are in Parry Sound.
ONTARIO: The Province is considering a lockdown across southern Ontario from Boxing Day until Jan. 11th. Ontario is reporting 2,290 more cases today with 68,246 tests completed. It is the fourth day with more than 2,000 new cases. An additional 40 deaths are reported. Hospitals at risk of being overwhelmed: the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) called for the province to impose a widespread, 28-day lockdown that would encompass large swathes of southern Ontario. This morning, the province reported that there were 877 in hospitals. 261 are in ICU and 168 ventilators. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring, hospitalizations topped out at 1,043 while ICU admissions peaked at 264, according to the Ministry of Health.
Hot spots are Toronto 691, Peel 361, York 296, Windsor 207, Hamilton 126, Durham Region: 89, Waterloo 84, Simcoe Muskoka 61, Halton Region 57 and
Ottawa 52

COVID-19 Update (280-A) Breaking news. New COVID case at local private School in the Nipissing district. Contact tracing has already begun.

I will update further at 3pm when numbers are released.
We have teamed up with the North Bay Hospital and North Bay Health Unit for recommendations for the holiday season. (link in comments below)

COVID-19 Update (279-B). One new case today (98) in Nipissing district. 8 Active cases

NORTH BAY: We have 5 active cases in Nipissing and 3 in Parry Sound. Today’s case is classified as Close Contact of a confirmed case and in the age group 20-39. All active cases are isolating, none Hospitalized. This holiday, give the best gift possible, a gift of caring and sticking to your immediate family. Our frontline workers are in harms way if we don’t. Let’s give them a gift of safety. Thank you to our frontline workers that have not wavered in these difficult times, they are there for us.
ONTARIO: Reports record daily high today: 2432 new cases.

COVID-19 Update (279) There may be post holiday lockdown, even in North Bay.

ONTARIO; Cases keep rising, and there are now calls to tighten holiday lockdown. COVID is now spreading more rapidly in Ontario's biggest cities than at any point in the pandemic. More than 2,000 new daily cases for two days in a row have been reported, more than 900 people hospitalized and deaths from COVID that now exceeds 4,000.
The media is reporting “Ontario Health is telling hospitals to be ready to clear beds within 48 hours for a surge in patients. The education ministry is urging teachers and students to take home anything they may require for remote learning when schools close Friday for the winter break and public health officials are pleading with Ontarians not to get together with anyone outside their own household over the holidays for fear the spread of COVID-19 will accelerate.” Quebec ordered all non essential stores to close for 2 weeks following Christmas, all school classes to go online and nearly all office employees to work from home until Jan. 11. This may be the future in Ontario if cases continue on the current course.
NORTH BAY: We may not be immune from these orders even though we are in green. Medical professionals will decide the direction. I ask everyone to stay to their immediate families and not to gather over the holidays. We all appreciate the hardship this poses over Christmas but for the safety of everyone, it is a must. The vaccine is being distributed across the country, which is impressive but it will take 6-9 months for a majority to be vaccined. Please do your part to protect our fellow citizens.

COVID-19 update (278) No new cases today!!!!!!!!

NORTH BAY: This is a good sign given the surge across the country. Well done North Bay. We are still listed as green and we have 8 active cases (4 in Nipissing and 4 in Parry Sound).
Ontario reported 2,139 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Please just hang in for another 6-8 months. This winter will be dark for our country with the surge but the vaccine gives us great hope.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,139 new cases and this is the second consecutive day new cases are above 2,000 after 2,275 were recorded on Tuesday This marks the second highest single-day increase to date, bringing the provincial total to 146,535
Hotspots: Toronto 780, Peel 528, York 148, Durham 143 and Windsor 111
CANADA: Canada's vaccine rollout reached four more provinces on Wednesday, with health-care workers being inoculated against COVID as officials warned hospitals in some areas are nearing a breaking point.

COVID-19 Update (277) One case today (#97) in Parry Sound district.

NORTH BAY: The case in Parry Sound district was in the age group 19 & younger and classified as Close contact of a confirmed case. We now have 8 active cases (4 in Nipissing and 4 in Parry Sound) 1 case was resolved.
VACCINES: A 2nd Vaccine is scheduled to be approved by Friday. (Moderna is closed to being approved). Canada has signed a contract to receive up to 168,000 doses of Moderna vaccine before the end of December. The clear difference between the two are: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine must be stored at ultralow temperatures — between -60 C and -80 C until shortly before injection — it was initially limited to 14 delivery sites in the 10 provinces. Moderna vaccine can be delivered to 70 sites as
Moderna's vaccine is stored in regular freezers at about -20 C, which makes it easier to ship and store.
Territories and remote communities, which asked not to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine because of the cold-chain complexities, will be prioritized for the Moderna vaccine.
In all there should be 417,000 vaccine doses in Canada before Dec. 31, which will be distributed to provinces and territories based on population share, but the territories will get all of their doses from Moderna.
ONTARIO: Reports 2,275 new cases today, marking a new single-day record, to bring the provincial total to 144,396. However, it is being reported that the Province pulled the data at a different time than it usually does, resulting in a one-day increase in the daily case count for some public health units.

COVID-19 Update (276-B) Vaccines, Vaccines, Vaccines. This is good news. The start of a massive campaign in Canada and around the world.

NORTH BAY: No further cases reported today. There are 4 active cases in Nipissing and 4 active cases in Parry Sound. In the coming days, I will continue to update on progress of vaccines and pass along FAQ to you to help you stay informed. Please get your information from trusted sites. My information will come directly from medical professionals.
VACCINES: Ontario received 6,000 of the initial doses. Three thousand were to go to Ottawa and 3,000 to Toronto. The shots from Pfizer were administered in Quebec City and Toronto within half an hour of each other today.
The promising messenger RNA vaccine from Pfizer — now in use in four countries — was developed, tested and approved less than a year after the first cases were identified in Ontario. A second mRNA vaccine from Moderna is expected to receive Health Canada regulatory approval soon and others are in the pipeline.

COVID-19 Update (276-A) Weekend results. 3 new cases, all in the Nipissing District. Total case count now 96. All cases are age group 19 and younger, 1 was community spread and 2 were Close contact of a confirmed case.

Full Update at 3pm today.

COVID-19 Update (275) Ontario reports 1,677 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with 813 Hospitalized(down 42)

Hot spots Toronto 456, Peel 356, York 143. Of the cases today, there are 586 cases in people between the ages of 20 and 39. A total of 471 cases are in people between the ages of 40 and 49. Of the 813 in hospital, 253 are in ICU. 142 ICU patients need ventilators to help them breathe. 16 deaths.
NORTH BAY: Full numbers tomorrow morning. We are still listed as green. Enjoy the day everyone, stay safe out there and support our local businesses

COVID-19 Update (274). Ontario reported 1,873 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 138,504.

NORTH BAY: We are still listed as green. No numbers released today. Here is the breakdown of our cases: Total tests 62,407. Total positive cases 93 with 85 resolved, 7 active, 1 Hospitalized and 1 death. Of the 7 active, 2 are in Nipissing and 5 are in the Parry Sound district. Of the 93 cases todate, they have been classified as Close Contact of a Confirmed Case (40), Community Spread (27), travel related (17) and Outbreak-Associated (9). As you can see, the top 2 categories are Close contact and Community spread. This highlights the absolute need to follow all the protocols to keep our community, frontline workers and local businesses safe.
ONTARIO: Death toll now 3,933 (up 17). Hot spots Toronto 522, Peel 436, York 185 and new to the list Hamilton at 109. 85.4 percent of all cases reported resolved (up 1,918).

COVID-19 Update (273) 2 new cases in the Parry Sound district. 7 active cases, 2 in Nipissing and 5 in Parry Sound district.

NORTH BAY: 2 New cases reported in the Parry Sound district. The 92nd case is in the age group (60-79), listed as "Community spread" and is isolated in Hospital. The 93rd case is same age group, listed as "Close contact" and is isolating. We continue to be listed in the green zone. With Christmas just around the corner, you will hear new messages and encouragement around protocols to keep family members safe. Christmas is the most special time of the year and this will be our first Christmas of the pandemic. Stay tuned, stay informed and stay safe.
ONTARIO: Moves Windsor and York region into lockdown (grey). They have also moved London, Simcoe Muskoka and Guelph into red zone.

COVID-19 Update (272) No new cases today! 6 active cases with 1 Hospitalized.

NORTH BAY: Now is 2nd lowest per capita in cases, down 1 spot from number 1. Algoma is rated at 53.3 per 100K, North Bay is 68.6 per 100K. To put this into perspective on how low our numbers are, Toronto is 1447.6 per 100K, Peel 1872.7 per 100K and Ottawa 847 per 100K.
VACCINES: The first doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, will arrive on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and will be administered at the University Health Network in Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital.
The first shots will go to health-care workers in long-term care homes and other high-risk settings.
Health-care workers in Ottawa and Toronto will be the first in Ontario to receive doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine,
ONTARIO: Reporting record number of both new cases (1,983) and (62,000)tests today. This brings the provincewide test positivity rate to at least 3.6 per cent, down from 4.4 per cent at this point last week.
The rolling seven-day average of new infections now stands at 1,862, up from 1,768 last week.
HOT SPOTS: Peel 511, Toronto 496, York 208
There are now 16,233 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 14,795 one week ago.
MODELLING: Ontario health officials released COVID-19 modelling data on Thursday afternoon, showing that cases could reach almost 5,000 per day in early January at the province’s current growth rate of 3%.
The worse case scenario would be a 5% growth, which would see almost 10,000 COVID-19 cases per day. If this does happen, it will surpass the Netherlands and almost reach Michigan’s levels.
If growth is 3%, the cases will surpass the UK and France. And if it’s at 1%, cases will reach 2,500.

COVID-19 Update (271-B) 1 new case today.

CANADA: Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, paving the way for vaccinations to begin countrywide next week. Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser at Health Canada who oversaw the review process, said it is "a critical milestone in our fight against COVID-19, this is a momentous occasion. No one would have thought as we looked back at the first discovery of the virus that less than a year later we'd be authorizing and then distributing the vaccine."
ONTARIO: Reports 1,890 new cases. bringing the provincial total to 132,800. Today’s case count is an increase from Tuesday's which saw 1,676 new infections. On Monday, 1,925 cases were recorded and marked a record in the province. On Sunday, 1,924 were reported, the second highest. Hot spots still are Toronto 517, Peel 471, York 187, Halton 96 and Windsor
ALBERTA: Alberta to close bars, restaurants, casinos, ban outdoor gatherings in bid to curb spread of virus. Casinos, gyms and dine-in service at restaurants will be shut down, all outdoor social gatherings will be banned and masks will be mandatory across Alberta in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Retail services, shopping malls and places of worship must also reduce capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.
NORTH BAY: We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we just need everyone to keep going. It has been a long draining process and timeline, but there is hope. Stay committed, let’s not lose anyone now. Please support our frontline workers and local businesses by doing our part.

COVID-19 Update (271-A) Breaking news. Health Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

I will have a full COVID update at 3:15pm today

COVID-19 Update (270) No new cases reported today. Well done North Bay. Vaccines may start next week. Ontario reports Hospitalizations nearing 800.

VACCINE: Pending Health Canada approval, Canadians will be getting vaccinated starting next week according to government officials.
Canada's chief public health officer also added that the first doses of Pfizer's vaccine are likely to be given only to people who can physically be at one of the 14 delivery sites.
Canadian hospitals will be among the first facilities to give out the coronavirus vaccine, potentially as early as next week, according to Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, a former NATO commander leading the vaccine distribution process.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has already recommended early doses be given to: residents and staff of long-term care homes; adults 70 years or older (starting with those 80 and over); front-line health-care workers; and adults in Indigenous communities.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,676 new cases today with hospitalizations nearing 800. Total cases stand at 130,910. The death toll has risen to 3,808 (10 more). As for Vaccines, officials are saying those who don’t get COVID-19 vaccine could face restrictions. I am not sure what those restrictions mat be however.
Ontario has 794 people hospitalized (up by 69), 219 in ICU (up by six) and 132 on a ventilators (up by 11).
NORTH BAY: Good to see zero cases reported today. Keep up the good work North Bay. 2 cases resolved leaves 9 active

COVID-19 Update (269-B) No more further cases since the weekend update at 9am this morning. Good news.

NORTH BAY: Our total cases todate is 90. Active cases sit at 11, 1 Hospitalized, 1 death and 78 resolved. Total tests todate is 61,233. Of the 11 active cases, 2 are in Nipissing amd 9 are in the Parry Sound district. Interesting stat, in the last 31 cases to date, 25 were classified as "close contact of a confirmed case", 2 were classified as "travel", 2 were classified as " Community" and 2 as "Outbreak-Associated"
ONTARIO: Reports 1,925 new cases today, marking another single-day record, bringing the provincial total to 129,234. Hot spots are the usually areas in the Province, 601 cases were recorded in Toronto, 512 in Peel, 167 in York, 133 in Durham.
The death toll has risen to 3,798 as 26 more deaths were reported.
Ontario has 725 people hospitalized (up by 24 from the previous day), with 213 ICU (up by nine) and 121 on ventilators (up by 12).

COVID-19 Update (269-A) 3 new cases reported over the weekend. This trend is becoming worrisome.

NORTH BAY: The 3 new cases breakdown to 2 in the District of Parry Sound, and one from the District of Nipissing (associated with community outbreak). This brings our total case count to 90.
I will have a fuller update today at 3pm

COVID-19 Update (268) Record numbers again in Ontario. More vaccine news

ONTARIO: Records new record daily high, 1,924 new cases today. This brings the total number of cases in the province to 127,309. It marks the largest single-day increase in cases to date, beating the previous record set this past Saturday at 1,859. There were 1,574 cases resolved.
Hotspots continue to be Toronto 568, Peel 477, York 249.
NORTH BAY: We are still listed as a green zone. We will have our next report of cases tomorrow morning. It is a beautiful day out there. Get out, get some exercise, fresh air, sunshine and strengthen your mental health. I will continue to update daily until we get through this pandemic. Please know we are doing everything we can to keep you safe and informed. Having said that, the best advantage we have. . . It is our own fate that rests in our hands.
Let’s all continue to band together to keep our community, citizens, frontline workers safe and our local businesses safe.
VACCINE:As I mentioned, you are going to hear a lot about vaccines in the coming days. The UK has already approved one manufacturer and they have started. Canada may be close behind as well as the US. The 2 leading candidates are Pfizer/BioNTech and Modena. Both these vaccines have a contract with Canada should they be approved. Pfizer/BioNTech needs to be stored at -70 F while Moderna is close to -7C. The primary thought is about 60-70% ofCanadians need to have received the vaccine to create herd immunity. Canada has secured Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine candidate BNT162 of a minimum of 20 million doses and 56 million doses of Moderna vaccine candidate mRNA-1273.

COVID-19 Update (267) Vaccines and record cases.

Canada’s Chief medical officer Dr Theresa Tam states “still a long road ahead” in the battle to contain the virus, but says an initial vaccine supply is expected in early 2021. Dr Tam’s comments come as some provinces are reporting new single-day highs of new cases and related deaths.
QUEBEC: Reports its daily report in total new cases climb above 2,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Records 2,031 cases and 48 deaths.
ONTARIO: Breaks its daily record with 1,859 new cases, coming above the 1,855 case-high reached last month and 20 new deaths.
UNITED STATES: Reporting more than 2,000 people a day are dying in the U.S. as infections and hospitalizations hit records.
They also reported more than 227,800 Covid-19 cases on Friday, a record-breaking spike as more people are hospitalized.
NORTH BAY: We will get our next set of numbers Monday morning. We have experienced multiple consecutive days of multiple cases in last few days. We are still in the green zone but if we are not careful, we will be moved up to yellow. Our fate rests in our own hands.

COVID-19 Update (266-B) 2 new cases today. 3rd consecutive day of multiple cases. We have 2 active cases in Nipissing and 8 in the Parry Sound District

NORTH BAY: Both cases were is the Parry Sound District. As I mentioned in this mornings update, we do not want to be elevated to yellow from green
Our local businesses need to stay open, our frontline workers need to be protected a d our community members need as more than ever. With the vaccine around the corner in the next 4 to 6 months, let's not let our guard down now. We have come too far for that.

COVID-19 Update (266-A) More Vaccine news for Canada. North Bay in danger of moving to the Yellow zone if our trend continues.

CANADA: Reports 6,491 new cases and 83 deaths yesterday. There is also reports a clearer picture of a vaccine emerged yesterday. Media is reporting: "The final step before the Pfizer vaccine can be approved is expected to be completed on Friday, according to officials, who expect a "favourable" decision." As I stated on Wednesday, Britain approved the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday.
For Canada, "the initial supplies of vaccines will be enough for three million people, but officials assured there will eventually be enough for "every Canadian." according to the latest report.
ONTARIO: Ontario reported 1,780 new cases today. Hospitalizations now stand at 674 with 207 in ICU (up 23) and of those 116 are on a ventilator (up 9)
Hotspot locations continue to be Toronto 633, Peel 433, York 152 and Durham 94. Ontario has 674 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by eight from the previous day), with 207 patients in an intensive care unit (up by 23) — which has surpassed a critical threshold for ICUs — and 116 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by nine).
NORTH BAY: We have had multiple cases in past days which is not good. We are in danger of going to the Yellow zone if this can not be turned around. We really need everyone to double down. Our community, our local businesses and frontline workers are depending on us.

COVID-19 Update (265-B) This is becoming a pattern. 3 new cases today

NORTH BAY: This is not good for us. If we see this trend continuing they may move us to the yellow zone. 2 cases are confirmed in Parry Sound district and 1 in Nipissing. Just a note, Parry Sound district starts in Callander so please don't think it is far away. If we are not careful, moving up to yellow brings more restrictions for us and our local businesses. We need everyone to now take extra caution and do their part even more. Our community is depending on all of us.

COVID-19 Update (265-A) Ontario reports 1,824 new cases today.

NORTH BAY: I will update after 3pm today on our numbers. I will continue to do twice-daily updates till Friday.
ONTARIO: Hotspot totals are Peel 592, Toronto 396, York 187 and London 127. In Ontario there are 203 in ICU. The number in ICU is concerning because public health officials have said that 150 is the threshold.

COVID-19 Update (264-B) Not good news today. 3 new cases Wednesday.

NORTH BAY: 3 new cases reported today (#80, 81, 82). Two on o the new cases are ages 20-39 and one case aged 19 and younger. One case is classified as Outbreak-Associated and two cases "Close contact of a confirmed case" All 3 cases are in the Parry Sound District
This is not good news for us.

COVID-19 Update (264-A) Vaccines! You are going to hear and learn so much about vaccines in the next 3 months. Stay tuned!

VACCINES: Britain authorized a vaccine ( Pfizer- BioNTechfor) for use Wednesday, greenlighting the first shot. The first vaccinations are expected within days. This is a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.
The 2 leading candidates are Pfizer and Moderna. Both companies have applied to the US and Canadian health agencies for emergency use. Both are rated at 94-95% effective. Interesting fact, the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at below -70% C and the Moderna at a more reasonable -20 C. The Pfizer vaccine temperature setting(-70C) will pose transportation logistical concerns and infrastructure, while Moderna at -20C is closer to a modern refrigerator temperature
ONTARIO: Reports 1,723 new cases of today, bringing the provincial total to 119,922. Hotspots again are Peel 500, Toronto 410, York 196, Durham 124, and 103 in Waterloo. 35 more deaths were reported.
BC: 8,796 active cases and an incredible 10,123 people exposed to known cases are under active public health monitoring. British Columbia recorded 656 new cases yesterday as medical professionals urged residents not to bend public health rules.

COVID-19 Update (263-B) NICE! No new cases today. Well done North Bay, back on track

NORTH BAY: We continue to be classified as a green zone. This is great reflection of our community, our local businesses and our frontline workers. We should all be proud of the efforts of everyone in keeping our community safe.
Let's see if we can lengthen this streak. Be Proud North Bay

COVID-19 Update (263-A) 1707 new cases reported today in Ontario. North Bay update will be posted at 3:05pm

My commitment to you is twice daily posts Mon-Fri to keep you informed during the surge. The first post of the day will be more of a Provincial/national scope. This will keep you update on what is happening outside of our city. The afternoon COVID post will be directed more at our community so you are completely informed
ONTARIO: Reports 1,707 new cases today, 7 deaths, Toronto 727, Peel 373 and York 168 lead the Province in new cases today.
Ontario also reporting 299 new cases related to schools, including 253 students.
Please choose wisely, choose the protocols to stay safe.

COVID-19 Update (262-B) No new cases reported at 3pm today (this is good news) but we did have 3 cases reported at 9:30am this morning. Provincially, Ontario hits record 7 day high average of 1,570.

NORTH BAY: We are doing well, not as good as at the beginning of the pandemic but the numbers have surged in the Province in the 2nd wave which would put us on an upward trend. It is clear, unless you follow the protocols, your risk profile will be much higher than those that do. Choose wisely, choose being safe.
ONTARIO: 1,746 new cases today. Tougher restrictions go into effect in five regions of the province however as Hospitalizations climb. Hotspots in Ontario continue to be Toronto 622, Peel 390, York 217 and Durham 108.
The new cases include 622 in Toronto, 390 in Peel Region, 217 in York Region and 108 in Durham Region. Other notable zones are Waterloo 74, Hamilton 54, Windsor 38, Halton 35, Ottawa 29, Thunder Bay 21.
The numbers are climbing in Ontario hospitals. Today 618, the highest number to date with 2nd wave with 40 Hospitals not included in count. Of those 168 are in ICU and 108 on ventilators. Health professionals have stated that 150 is the threshold for when Hospitals must start postponing or cancelling scheduled procedures.

COVID-19 Update (262-A) Not good news to be honest, we have 2 new cases in the Parry Sound District and 1 in Nipissing.

NORTH BAY: We are now at 79 as total case count with 11 active cases. Please continue to your your part to keep our city in the green zone. Of the new cases, (2) are in the 20-39 age group and (1) in the 19 and younger group. All 3 are listed as "close contact of a confirmed case" and all 3 are isolating.
I will continue to update twice daily (Monday to Friday) and daily Saturday and Sunday.
ONTARIO: Windsor has moved into the red zone (strictest level short of a lockdown). Norfolk is move to the orange level, and three other regions are going into the yellow level. These regions will stay there for 28 days,

COVID-19 Update (261) Local businesses need our support.

NORTH BAY: We remain in the green zone which is something we should be proud of. Parts of the Province are in grey and red zones, which places severe restrictions on their businesses to the extent they can not open. We encourage following all protocols to keep our community risk low, protect our frontline workers. The benefit of the green zone also is, our local businesses can stay open, keep people working and make life a lot more normal than other parts of Ontario. When we follow the protocols we protect our community, our medical professionals and our local businesses. Our fate is in our hands, let’s choose wisely.
ONTARIO: 3rd highest daily numbers today, 1,708 new cases today, behind Friday’s total of 1855 and Saturday 1822. This brings the total number of cases in the province to 114,746. Hotspots in Ontario remain Peel 503, Toronto 463 and York at 184.
CANADA: Canada added 5,757 new cases Saturday, and 82 more deaths. The total confirmed cases now stands at 364,501, though 290,693 of those patients have since recovered. A total of 11,976 have died in Canada, while over 14,407,000 tests have been administered.
In North Bay, we will have our next update Monday morning at 9:30am with weekend numbers. In the meantime, get out and get some exercise, fresh air and strengthen your mental health. Stay safe

COVID-19 Update: (260) Ontario Reports 1822 new cases today.

NORTH BAY: Today is day 260 of daily updates since the pandemic started. We do not receive numbers on Saturday and Sunday. The next update on numbers will be Monday morning at 9:30am for the weekend. I will do twice daily updates Monday to Friday and daily updates Saturday and Sunday but if something important arises, I will absolutely update as indicated by letter attached to number. Please keep focused, we had a rough week last week with cases and outbreaks declared.
ONTARO: It's the second day in a row Ontario is over 1800 new cases. On Friday, 1,855 were reported which was the largest single-day increase in cases for Ontario since the pandemic began. Totals in hotspots: 566 new cases in Toronto, 516 in Peel, 145 in York, 105 in Waterloo and 102 in Hamilton.
We are so fortunate that our citizens and local businesses are taking this seriously and it reflects in our low numbers. Stay strong and committed, we will get thru this together

COVID-19 Update (259-B) Unfortunately we have 2 new cases today. Both are isolating.

NORTH BAY: 1 step forward, 1 step back. Today the case load represents (1) age 40 to 59 classified as Community spread and (1) ages 20 to 39 classified as Close Contact of a Confirmed case.
Total cases todate is 76. Total active cases in Nipissing District is 11 and total in Parry Sound District is 2.
We are in the green zone and other parts of the Province are slowing moving up in the yellow, orange and red zones. To keep our local businesses open, we must stay as low as possible. Let's support our local businesses by doing our part of keeping our numbers low. They need to be able to stay open. In major centres in the Province, they have been closed down.
ONTARIO: Record number reported today, 1855 cases. Four hotspots saw significant case increases today. Peel 517, Toronto 494 York 189 and Halton with 130. The most recent projections indicate Ontario was on track to see 9,000 new daily cases by mid to late December without the more stringent measures.

COVID-19 Update (259-A) Join us this morning on

Moose FM CFXN 106.3 - North Bay

at 820am for latest update, Facebook live or 106.3 on the dial.

NORTH BAY: Please join us at 8:20 am by listening in at 8:20am or Facebook live at Moose FM for the latest on COVID here in our city. You can post any of your COVID questions on their site and we will be happy to answer live on radio.
Some hot topics: People up from down south brought up for Wal-Mart, coming from grey zones for drivers test, how numbers are counted in district, what local businesses are seeing, thanking our frontline workers and other activities.
Mike Monaghan
and his team have been huge supporters of keeping you informed and have been gracious to have me on every week since the pandemic started. This is truly the strength of local radio, keeping our citizens safe and informed. They deserve thanks for what they have done to keep our numbers down.
Join us.

COVID-19 Update (258-C)

Driver applicants who reside the Grey Level regions may not book a road test at a DriveTest centre in a different region in a lower COVID-19 level.
If you live in the Grey (lockdown) Level and try to attend a DriveTest location for a road test outside of your COVID-19 level, you will be turned away. Thank you Minister Vic Fedeli

COVID-19 Update (258-B) Very Good News, ZERO new cases today and 2 more resolved.

NORTH BAY: As I mentioned this morning, we do know individuals are travelling. We do know there is a high number working here from down south at a local business. We know our local citizens are concerned. There is no law to prevent this but there is a law that they must follow the protocols. I have spoken with the medical officer of health and all protocols will be enforced. I state this so you know we are aware and keeping up to date. We are communicating asking people to follow all the protocols because we know that the virus is out there and not just people come here to visit. Our citizens travel too. By following the protocols, you are making a difference and not putting yourself at a higher risk.
I do get calls about a few that are not wearing masks too. It is impossible to get 100% compliance but I will say we must be close to 99.5% from what I see and hear. Well done North Bay.
We are working closely with all our community partners and the partnerships and collaboration with all agencies as never been stronger. Please have confidence that they are doing everything they can to keep you safe. As with anything, we all need to take responsibility individually, to be part of the solution.
Today is a good sign. We do not know what tomorrow will bring.
Today North Bay is a good day on the fight to keep COVID at Bay (pun intended)

COVID-19 Update (258-A) It is recommended that you continue to exercise, stay active, enjoy life and follow the protocols during the pandemic. We are doing everything we can to provide the facilities necessary.

NORTH BAY: I get a lot of calls about people traveling from hot spots to North Bay and that we should somehow stop that. Sometimes demanding that we stop it. Quite a few to be honest. Please know there is no Federal or Provincial law that prevents travel within the Province of Ontario. The recommendation is DON'T but it is only a recommendation. The city has no jurisdiction.
We know this is happening, that is why we highly recommend and encourage that everyone follow the protocols. If you follow the protocols, your risk profile stays low, our community remains safe and our local businesses can stay open.
OUT OF COUNTRY LICENCE PLATES: We have United States military members living in North Bay and they have been living here for years. Please be respectful to them, they have families here and are doing their part and following the protocols. Most stay 4 years. PLEASE PLEASE make them feel welcome and safe, they are here working with at NORAD. They are our neighbours and friends here in North Bay
At 3pm, we will have the latest numbers, until then stay safe and remember the protocols are your best friend.

COVID Update (257-B) More bad news. . . 6 new cases today.

NORTH BAY: The new cases today were (3) 19 or younger and (3) 20-39. We have 14 cases isolating and active. OK everyone, this is getting serious. We need everyone to come together and encourage everyone to do their part. This is real and it is up to all of us to be part of the solution.
All cases classified as " Close contact of a Case"

COVID Update (257-A) For the next week, I will post once in the morning and once in the afternoon as things are changing fast to keep you up to date.

NORTH BAY: (Recap) 9 cases yesterday as we all know. We will know if there are more cases this afternoon (fingers crossed but the trend is not good). Having said that, we are still low, our local businesses are allowed to stay open and we are keeping our city facilities open to the public. The arena ice time demand is very strong and user groups would like us to open West Ferris as ice time is booked. We are working closely with our community partners and everyone is working well together.
GRENN ZONE: We are in the green zone which is excellent. Most of the Province as moved to higher risk of yellow, orange and red. I do get messages and calls of what you can do or not do. I will attach the Provincial guidelines. If after reading the guidelines and still not sure if you can do something, please reach out to our health unit, they want to assist.
Here is the link for what you can do in a green zone:

COVID Update (253-B) 3 more cases reported today over and above the 6 reported this morning.

NORTH BAY: Be Careful out there!

COVID 19 Update (253) ATTENTION OUT BREAK DECLARED

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a community COVID-19 outbreak after six (6) members of the Nipissing University athletic community have tested positive for COVID-19. While the individuals who tested positive do not live on Nipissing University’s campus they have had interactions at the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre gym and at social gatherings in the community. Other University buildings and properties are not impacted.
NORTH BAY: We need everyone to focus on protocols. As you can see, it is in the community. The protocols are your Best Friend. Stay strong North Bay, we will get thru this if we all stick together.
Lets not shame anyone or point a finger, that is not helpful. Lets stick together and redouble our efforts to keep our community safe.

COVID Update (252-B) We did have 1 new case this morning (65) and no new cases this afternoon. (See COVID Update (252-A).

NORTH BAY: Ok this is a good sign if we stay at zero, you are doing your part and it is appreciated by all. Please stay the course and remember our risk may be low but there is still risk. The protocols are your BFF. Our frontline workers and local businesses are depending on all of us to do our part. Toronto and Peel have closed a lot of their businesses, we do NOT want that to happen here. Currently we have 8 active (down 3) and 56 Resolved.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,589 cases today, a single-day record.
The new cases include 336 in Toronto, 535 in Peel and 205 in York. The seven-day average is now at 1,423 after six consecutive days of increases.
Other Ontario public health units that saw double-digit increases in today: Waterloo( 83), Hamilton (61) Windsor (56) Halton (53)
Durham (41) Ottawa (40)

COVID Update (252-A) One new case reported in Parry Sound District. Between ages 20-39 "close contact of a case" and isolating. I will have fulsome update after 3pm as per usual.

 

COVID-19 Update (251) Modelling shows Canada on track for 60,000 daily cases by end of 2020 (to put in perspective about 5.5 times of that today)

NORTH BAY: We will get an update on cases tomorrow. We recommend eliminating all unnecessary travel, staying within your immediate family bubble, eliminating any unnecessary gathering and following the protocols closely. If you are sick, stay home. This is day 251 and I will continue to update daily on any news. Please continue to stay focused and do not let COVID fatigue get to you. We will continue to keep our facilities open to make life as normal as possible. Please get out and get excercise, keep your mental health strong, reach and call a friend and remember to be kind to all. We are constantly looking at opportunities to assist you during the pandemic. Stay safe everyone
CANADA: Four provinces ( Ontario 1,588, Alberta 1,336, Saskatchewan 439 and New Brunswick 23) reported new daily highs yesterday as the virus continued its siege on some of the country's most vulnerable areas.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,534 new cases today, 14 new deaths 1,429 cases resolved and approx 46,400 tests.
The GTA leads the way, Peel 490, Toronto 460 and York 130. Tomorrow, Toronto and Peel region are set to move into lockdown for at least 28 days.

COVID-19 Update (250) Day 250 of the pandemic. Ontario sets Record.

NORTH BAY; We are classified as a green zone in Ontario. Most of the Province is in yellow, orange or red with 2 zones in LOCK DOWNS. North Bay continues to be a leader but we did see 9 cases in 4 days prior to the weekend. The health unit does not report cases on Saturday or Sunday. The surge across the Province, country and the world is growing. We must not let COVID fatigue rise our risk. We ask that you keep going, practice protocols and eliminate unessential travel and reduce contact with individuals outside your family circle.
ONTARIO:Reports 1,588 new cases today, 21 new deaths, 1,363 cases resolved and nearly 46,700 tests have been completed.
The GTA is being impacted heavily, 522 cases in Peel, 450 in Toronto and 153 in York. Saturday's daily case count for the province is the highest seen in the pandemic so far, ahead of the 1,581 cases on November 14th. There are 518 people in hospital, 142 in ICU with 92 individuals on a ventilator.
Durham and Waterloo regions are moving into the red-control zones, while Huron-Perth, Simcoe-Muskoka, southwestern Ontario and Windsor are moving to the orange-restrict zone on Monday.
LOCKDOWNS: This is what is involved in the lockdown areas. (Toronto and Peel)
No indoor gatherings with anyone outside a person's household.
Individuals who live alone can have close contact with one other household.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
Restaurants are limited to takeout, drive-thru and delivery only.
Religious services, funerals and weddings are limited to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors.
Gyms are closed.
Non-essential retail and malls are limited to curbside pickup or delivery only.
Personal-care services, casinos and bingo halls are closed.
Post-secondary institutions move to virtual instruction, with some exceptions, such as clinical training.
Pharmacies, doctor and dentist offices, grocery stores, essential services remain open.
Schools will also remain open.

COVID-19 Update (249) 1 new case in our district (Parry Sound).

NORTH BAY: Don't let COVID fatigue put you at risk. This is the 9th case in 4 days in our district although this new case is south of us in the Parry Sound district. We are still in the green zone, which helps our local businesses stay open. Please stay focused, until the vaccine is distributed, we are at risk (low here) but if there is travel, our risk rises. Please keep your bubble tight and avoid expanding. Our fate rests in our hands, choose wisely. We need to keep it out of our communities. We have worked so hard to do to date!
ONTARIO: Toronto and Peel locked down. Most of Province in is in red, orange, and yellow.

COVID Update (247) WAKE UP CALL 3:10pm An additional 3 cases today. . .(that makes 8 in last 3 days). 10 unresolved cases with 9 in Nipissing District.

NORTH BAY: I would like to highlight that our case count is rising and we need to limit non essential interactions. We know COVID fatigue is happening but we need to work hard to keep it from growing in our community. This is another wake up call to warn us, our risk profile is rising and that is not good. We have been doing so well but as you can see, COVID has arrived here in larger numbers than in the past.
Two were "Close Contact and one was travel related.
ONTARIO: There are now 150 in ICU today, a jump of 20 from yesterday. Today Ontario reported 1,210 new cases. This is the 14th consecutive day that daily cases have been above 1,000. The 7 day average is 1,370 which is up from last Thursday’s 1,299.
Totals: Peel 361, Toronto 346, York 143 and 57 in Durham.
CANADA: added 4,640 new infections yesterday, bringing the total case count in the country to 310,816.

COVID-19 Update (246) We have 3 more cases today. . . (5 in last 2 days).

NORTH BAY: Currently we have 7 active cases and 53 resolved. This is not a good trend but it is what we are seeing across the country. Please know that everyday that our cases rise, our risk profile gets higher. Our fate is in our hands, the protocols are our BFF and our local businesses and front line workers are depending on us. Please do your part to keep yourselves, family, friends and our community safe.
2 cases in Nipissing and 1 case in parry Sound. 1 was community spread and 2 were Close contact.
ONTARIO: Ontario reported 1,417 new cases today, bringing the provincial total to 98,162.
This is the 13th consecutive day that daily case counts have been above 1,000. The 7 day average is now at 1,422 which is up from last Wednesday’s at 1,217, showing a sharp growth in cases. Locations today with highest numbers: Peel 463, Toronto 410, York 178 and Waterloo 54

COVID-19 Update (245) Not a good day! 2 new cases in the district, both classified as "Close contact of a case"

NORTH BAY: We now have 5 self isolating and 1 Hospitalized.
While we are hearing about vaccines that appear to be promising, it will take time for them to be approved and distributed to Canadians. In the meantime, we need to be extremely careful. We are still in the green zone, which is something everyone can be proud of!!!! Stay the course North Bay however today is not a good day for us.
Definition of Close Contact:
Close Contact: A person who provided care for the confirmed case, including healthcare workers, family member or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact, or, a person who lived with or otherwise had close, prolonged contact with a confirmed case while the case was ill. The Health Unit works closely with confirmed cases to identify their close contacts and then follows up with all close contacts.
ONTARIO: Reports 1,249 new cases today, bringing the total to 96,745.
Tuesday’s case count is a decrease from Monday (1,487) Sunday, (1,248). Saturday was a record high (1,581)
This is the 12th straight day that daily case counts have been above 1,000. The seven-day average is now at 1,423 which is up from last Tuesday’s at 1,154, showing a sharp growth in cases. 80,430 have recovered (83 per cent of known cases) Resolved cases increased by 1,135 from the previous day.

COVID-19 Update (244) No new cases over the weekend or today in North Bay. We have 2 Hospitalized and 2 others self isolating.

NORTH BAY: We are doing everything we can to keep our risk profile low from a city perspective with all protocols in place. Our citizens and businesses are doing their part. Please know that we are in this together. Currently we are in the green zone. Sudbury has moved into the yellow zone.
ONTARIO: reports 1,487 new cases of today, and 10 new deaths due to the virus. Top locations today are, Toronto 508, Peel 392, York 170, Waterloo 67 and Ottawa 51. The province also reported 106 new cases related to schools, including 63 among students. These bring the number of schools with a reported case to 683 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools. In long-term care homes, 716 residents currently have COVID-19 and four new deaths have been reported today. 107 of its 626 long-term care homes are experiencing an outbreak.
Meanwhile, 79,295 have recovered from COVID-19, which is 83 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 992 from the previous day. Active cases now stand at 12,830.
Ontario has 500 people hospitalized (up by 21), with 125 patients in ICU (up by seven) and 70 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by three). Hospitalizations have overall steadily increased over the past several weeks.
CANADA: Surpasses 300,000 cases today, an increase of 100,000 in the last month alone. Canada hit 200,000 cases October 19th. Today is November 16th.

COVID-19 Update (243) Ontario reported 1,248 COVID-19 cases and 29 new deaths on Sunday.

ONTARO: Toronto Reports 364, Peel 308 and 125 in York. More than 42,200 tests were completed. Ontario is reporting that 1,062 more cases are marked as resolved. Currently, there are 502 people in hospital, 107 are in ICU and 66 of those are on ventilators.
GLOBAL: Germany warned Sunday that its anti-coronavirus measures were likely to last four or five more months. Greece announced a new ban on gatherings and Mexico surpassed one million infections. The number of Covid-19 patients in ICU has soared from just over 360 in early October to more than 3,300, as Germany battles a second wave along with the rest of Europe. Meanwhile Mexico surpassed one million COVID-19 cases as its death toll, the world's fourth-highest, edged closer to 100,000.
NORTH BAY: We are still doing well and we are currently in the Green sector. We want to stay there for many reasons: protects citizens and keeps our risk profile low, allows our local businesses to stay open and employ our individuals and keeps our recreational facilities open to the public and also allows us maximum allowance to stay as close to “normal” as possible in the middle of a pandemic.
Our fate is in everyone’s hands, please choose wisely, choose to follow all the protocols

COVID-19 Update (242) Ontario reports a record high 1,581 new cases and 20 new deaths today

ONTARIO: 497 of those cases were found in Peel Region, surpassing Toronto. Daily totals today, Toronto 456, 130 in York and 77 in Ottawa. More than 44,800 tests were completed. The province has made the thresholds of its plan more stringent. The red zone, which is the most stringent zone before a total lockdown, now includes a positivity rate of 2.5 per cent and a weekly incidence rate of above 40 per 100,000 people.
In the red zone, gatherings are confined to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious services, weddings and funerals are confined to 30 per cent capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. The maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated at a bar or restaurant indoors is 10. Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery are all permitted.
New modelling released Thursday showed the province could face more than 6,000 cases per day by mid-December if it didn't add more public health restrictions. Currently, there are 452 people in hospital, with 106 of those in intensive care units. Of those in intensive care, 67 are on ventilators.
More regions placed in the red zone, yesterday Ontario placed more regions in the red-control zone, a change that means increased restrictions for those areas.
CANADA: Multiple provinces report record single-day increase in daily cases. Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta report record increase in cases. Manitoba announces 15 new deaths, most for a single day.
Nova Scotia sees 6 new cases, most in a day since May.
Nunavut adds 4 cases, all in the Hudson Bay community of Arviat.
Canada's top doctor says the country's hospitals are facing growing pressure as multiple provinces set new single-day records for new cases in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Theresa Tam describes the situation in Western Canada, Quebec and Ontario as "worrisome" and says it's straining health care resources
UNITED STATES: continues to push new records for cases. The U.S. reported record one-day spike of more than 177,200 new cases on Friday, pushing the seven-day average over 139,900 cases per day, up more than 35% compared with a week ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases has hit a fresh record everyday for at least the past ten days. More than 68,500 are hospitalized across the country, more than at any other point during the pandemic.
NORTH BAY: We didn’t have any positive cases yesterday, we will get the next numbers Monday morning at 930am. The trend is not good everyone. Please continue to do all you can to stay safe and follow the protocols. As you can see from the above, the 2nd wave is far worse. We are in for a difficult winter but we can do it! Our northern resolve is strong and resilient. Keep up the great work North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (241) Canada records worst day since the start of the pandemic

CANADA: For the third time in seven days, Canada has broken its daily record for reported cases as provinces unveil new lockdown measures and officials urge Canadians to take the pandemic seriously. Canada reported 4,981 new cases yesterday, making it the worst day for new infections since the dawn of the crisis. Nearly a third of those infections were from Ontario.
ONTARIO: records 1,396 cases today. Hamilton, Halton, Peel, Toronto, York will be in RED ZONE
Anyone living in a red (or "control") region should only leave their home for essential purposes.
The following regions will move to the orange (or "restrict") zone:
Brant, Durham, Eastern Ontario, Niagara, Ottawa, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
The following regions are moving into the yellow (or "protect") zone:
Haldimand-Norfolk, Huron-Perth, Middlesex-London, Sudbury, -Muskoka, Southwestern,Windsor-Essex
The changes come into effect on Monday Nov. 16 at 12:01 am, with the exception of Toronto, which moves to the red zone on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
The province has made the thresholds of its plan more stringent. The red zone, which is the most stringent zone before a total lockdown, now includes a positivity rate of 2.5 per cent and a weekly incidence rate of above 40 per 100,000 people.
In the red zone, gatherings are confined to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious services, weddings and funerals are confined to 30 per cent capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. The maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated at a bar or restaurant indoors is 10. Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery are all permitted.
New modelling released Thursday showed the province could face more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases per day by mid-December if it didn't add more public health restrictions.
SUDBURY: Enters into YELLOW zone
NORTH BAY: Good news today, no positive cases. As we are all seeing, our fate rests in our hands. Please choose wisely, choose to follow the protocols

COVID-19 (240-B) More bad news, 2 new cases today. This make 5 in last 2 days.

NORTH BAY: 2 new cases today, one is classified as Community and the 2nd is under investigation. This is not what we want to see, it is a troubling trend but not surprising as to what we are seeing in Ontario.
We need everyone to really stay focused or we are in for a difficult winter otherwise

COVID-19 Update (241-a) SPECIAL UPDATE: Ontario announces a record 1,575 new infections today.

Over the past week, Ontario has reported a daily average of more than 1,200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and on four of the past five days, the province broke its previous single-day record.
Based on the growth rate of new cases in early November, Ontario is on track for 2,000 cases a day around Dec. 1, according to recent projections by the COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative.
Given this is November 12th, the signs are not good.

COVID-19 Update (240) Not good! 3 positive cases today. Although 2 of these are in the Parry Sound area, they count against us.

NORTH BAY: While 2 of these new cases are in the Parry Sound district, they count against our numbers. With surging cases in Ontario, in particular Toronto and Peel, cases in Sudbury, national and global, we NEED to stay focused.
You are doing great but we know some are not following the protocols. We are in for a difficult winter with elevated risk levels. As you can see around the world, countries are shutting down. In Toronto and other areas of the Province, have entered into the red zone and closing down businesses.
We are asking everyone to focus and be ready for an increase. It truly is in our hands what our fate will be. Please choose wisely. Our local businesses, frontline workers and citizens are dependent on us.
ONTARIO: Another day, another daily record. Ontario is reporting 1,426 new cases Wednesday, surpassing the daily record high set just the previous day of 1,388 cases.
Peel confirmed significantly more cases than even Toronto, remaining the area of Ontario with the most infections per 100,000 population.
The Premier announced that his government will accept the additional restrictions recommended by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa.
Those restrictions mean Toronto will remain in what had been deemed modified Stage 2 — no indoor dining and drinking in restaurants and bars, no inside fitness classes — with the added recommendation that Torontonians hang out only with their immediate household, if possible.
Totals: 468 new cases in Peel, 384 in Toronto, 180 in York, 63 in Durham and 62 in Hamilton.
UNITED STATES: Have registered a million new cases for November and it is only the 11th today. The U.S. reached record numbers of hospitalizations on Tuesday.New infection rates now far exceed 100,00 per day, for a total of more than 10 million.

COVID-19 Update (239) We have a positive case today. Toronto hits a 2nd consecutive daily high for cases

ONTARIO: Reports 1,388 new cases today, a new single-day record, and 15 more deaths linked to the illness.
It's the third time in four days that record daily case counts have been confirmed.
The newly confirmed infections push the seven-day average (a measure that helps provide a clearer picture of longer-term trends), up to 1,154, the highest seen the outbreak began in Ontario in late January.
TORONTO: hits a 2nd consecutive daily high for cases. 520 today.
OTHER REGIONS: 395 in Peel, 100 in York, 72 in Halton and 50 in Niagara. Other areas that saw double-digit increases include:
• Waterloo Region: 42
• Durham Region: 36
• Hamilton: 35
• Ottawa: 23
• Huron Perth: 22
• Middlesex-London: 20
• Simcoe Muskoka: 20
• Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 13
NORTH BAY: The case today is classified as "Close contact of a case" We have 3 unresolved cases, all 3 self isolating.
We need everyone to stay focused on the protocols as cases surge in Sudbury just the west of us and right around the Province.

COVID-19 Update (238) We have a new case today. It is listed as Community by Health Unit.

Definition:
Community: No travel history, not outbreak-associated, and no known close contact with a confirmed case.
NORTH BAY: We are still lowest in Ontario
ONTARIO: Reports 1,242 new cases on Monday, the second-highest single-day increase, bringing the provincial total to 85,395
VACCINE: We are getting reports of possible vaccine as reported by major media outlets around the world. The financial markets screamed aheade today, with the Dow up over 1,200 points before closing up 834.
This is still early but a good sign nevertheless. While we view this as very positive, we are still a ways out.
Until then, the protocols are your BFF

COVID -19 Update (237) Ontario sets a new high record for daily cases at 1,328.

ONTARIO: Reports 1,328 new cases to date , bringing the total number of cases in the province to 84,153.
It's the second day in a row that Ontario reported a record number of new cases. On Saturday, 1,132 cases were announced.
QUEBEC: Reports 1,397 new cases and 9 more deaths on Sunday.
CANADA : Adds a record 4,060 new coronavirus cases, 32 deaths Sunday. Sunday marked the first time the daily total of new COVID-19 cases in Canada exceeded 4,000.
UNITED STATES: Reporting a new record one-day spike in cases everyday over the past four days. The United States reported more than 126,000 new cases two days in a row, as medical experts warn that the outbreak is worsening across the country and could lead to a devastating winter. The US recorded 126,480 cases on Friday and 126,742 cases on Saturday. Over the past seven days, the US has reported an average of more than 103,800 new cases as of Saturday, up over 30% compared with a week ago.
It’s not just cases that are rising; 19 states reported a record-high number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, based on a seven-day average.
SUDBURY: Reports another 5 cases, continuing to be the hot spot in Northern Ontario.
NORTH BAY: As we can see in the upward trends, we are still in the thick of the pandemic. Our open spaces and a community that embraces keeping everyone safe is truly making a difference. Please continue to support our local businesses and frontline workers. You are doing great North Bay.

COVID Update (236) Ontario hits new daily record for cases today.

ONTARIO: Reports a new daily record of COVID-19 cases with 1,132 infections with 11 new deaths, while in Quebec the Premier is urging residents to stay united and maintain their efforts to keep COVID-19 at bay this winter
Saturday’s case count surpasses the previous provincial daily high of 1,050 cases reported on Tuesday. The new cases include 336 in Toronto, 258 in Peel, 114 in York, 78 in Ottawa, 64 in Halton and 55 in Hamilton.
UNITED STATES: Reorts a record one-day spike of 126,400 new cases as medical experts warn that the outbreak is worsening across the country and could lead to a devastating winter. The U.S. has now reported a new record one-day spike in cases everyday over the past three days. Over the past seven days, the US has reported an average of more than 98,500 new cases as of Friday, up over 25% compared with a week ago.
NORTH BAY: Hearing from a few citizens about group gatherings. Please do your part and don’t be part of this. If you have concerns and hear of large gatherings, please contact the health unit or local Police. Our local businesses and frontline workers are depending on us. Parts of the Province are being shut down. Sudbury recorded 20 cases. I know it has been long, but we still have a ways to go. Stay strong

COVID-19 Update (235) No new cases in North Bay today

SUDBURY : -- Public Health Sudbury & Districts reported 20 new COVID-19 cases in residents in Greater Sudbury, bringing to 162 cases in the health unit's coverage area since the pandemic began.
There have now been 37 new cases reported in the city since Halloween. With nine new cases Thursday and 15 since Tuesday, it appears Sudbury has become Northern Ontario’s hot spot for COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases in the Sudbury’s health unit’s service area to 18.
Two of the new cases have no known epidemiological link, which could indicate community spread. The remaining seven were close contacts of a confirmed case.
ONTARIO : Reports 1,003 new cases on Friday, including 300 new cases in Toronto, 280 in Peel and 125 in York.
UNITED STATES: New recorded cases jumped significantly in the U.S. on Thursday to 121,888. That’s nearly 20,000 cases higher than the previous single-day record set on Wednesday.
NORTH BAY: You are truly doing your part North Bay. Stay the course.

COVID-19 Update (234) Another positive case today. This is our 49th since the start of the pandemic.

Today's positive case is an individual aged between 40-59 years, classified as community. We now have 2 unresolved cases. Both are self isolating.
Community: No travel history, not outbreak-associated, and no known close contact with a confirmed case.
Please please be careful out there! The virus is surging all around us. The only way to protect yourself and our community is to follow all the protocols. Please also remember, following the protocols only keeps your risk profile low and does not protect you100 percent.
We are doing well North Bay but as you can see, letting your guard down does have consequences.

COVID-19 {233) NEW CASE TODAY. (Our streak ends at 15 days). One unresolved case now in the district.

Our 48th case is individual between the ages of 40-59 and is attributed to Outbreak-Associated ( definition below). The individual is self isolating. We now have one unresolved case in the district.
Outbreak-Associated: Cases with a known exposure linked to an ongoing workplace, long-term care home, retirement home, hospital, or other institution outbreak. Cases residing within the Health Unit's district may be associated with an outbreak declared outside the Health Unit region.
We must stay focused everyday on the protocols and advice of our medical professionals. You are doing well North Bay. Today was a setback however. Let’s get everyone thru, please continue to do your part. Our local businesses and frontline workers are depending on us and they are there everyday for us.
ONTARO: Reports 987 new cases today and 16 additional deaths
319 new cases were in Toronto, 299 in Peel, 85 in York and 62 in Durham
Ottawa had 48 new cases
367 people are hospitalized (up 10 in the last day), including 75 in ICU and 44 on ventilators

COVID-19 Update (232) Ontario reported an unprecedented 1,050 new cases of COVID-19 today ( North Bay sees 15th straight day without a new case)

ONTARIO: Introduced a colour-coded system today:
The new framework, outlined by public health officials, is based on five categories that all correspond to a colour:
• Prevent (Green): Restrictions in this category "reflect broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3 absent a widely available vaccine or treatment," the province said in a document provided to reporters.
• Protect (Yellow): "Enhanced targeted enforcement, fines, and enhanced education to limit further transmission," the document reads.
• Restrict (Orange): "Implement enhanced measures, restrictions, and enforcement avoiding any closures [emphases added].
• Control (Red): "Restrictions are the most severe available before wide-scale business or organizational closure," the document said. In essence, this category represents a return to a modified Stage 2.
• Lockdown (Grey): This would likely coincide with a declaration of emergency in the province, and would include a return to Stage 1.
NORTH BAY: Doing great North Bay, stay the course!

COVID-19 Update (231) Shout Out to North Bay citizens and local businesses, 14 days without a positive case! No unresolved cases either.

Another Shout to North Bay: We are still lowest in Ontario for cases (34.7 per 100K). To put that in perspective: Toronto has ( 882.8 per 100K), Peel has (893.2 per 100K) Ottawa has (681.6 per 100K) and Windsor has (671.8 per 100K).
ONTARIO: Reporting 948 new cases today, and 7 new deaths due to the virus. 315 cases are in Toronto, 269 in Peel, 81 in York and 64 in Ottawa. The province has conducted 27,908 tests since the last daily report.
In total, 328 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 75 in intensive care.
The 948 new infections are down from the 977 cases reported on Sunday and the 1,015 cases reported on Saturday.
However Ontario's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has hit another record high (919), despite new infections being down slightly on Monday.
NORTH BAY: Doing great North Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lowest still in the Province of Ontario. Please support our local businesses and our frontline workers.
They need our support.

COVID-19 Update (230) Ottawa passes 7,000 COVID cases since pandemic started.

Ontario and Quebec are still reporting the highest daily counts in Canada for new cases, in Manitoba, officials have again reported hundreds of new cases as its capital city gets set for tighter restrictions.
Ontario reported 977 new cases on Sunday. In the province's hot spots, 279 more cases in Toronto, 238 in Peel, 130 in Ottawa and 113 in York. The overall number was down from 1,015 new cases reported yesterday.
The COVID Alert app notifies users when someone who they've been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19.
There have been about 4.9 million downloads of the federal COVID-19 exposure notification app so far, with 2,939 Canadians using it to log a positive coronavirus test.
Stay the course North Bay, you are doing awesome

COVID-19 Update (229). Canada added a record-breaking number of new cases on Friday, more than 3,400 infections.

ONTARIO: Reports 1,015 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the second-highest number recorded since the outbreak began in late January. The new numbers also mark the second time the daily case count has topped 1,000 in less than a week. The Ontario health ministry said the majority of new cases were found in the province's four hot spots: Toronto: 325. Peel 282, Ottawa 94. York 88, Hamilton 41 { up 27 from Friday)
UNITED STATES: Reports all time high daily new cases at 100,233
EIUROPE : Hitting new daily records Poland 21,897 and Italy added a record 31,758 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and doubled the deaths to nearly 300 on Saturday.
NORTH BAY: Stay the course, you are doing well and keeping our risk profile low. With record cases in Canada and around the world, we are entering difficult times but North Bay is leading the way with record low numbers. Well done

COVID-19 Update (228) We have now gone 11 straight days without a positive case in North Bay.

ONTARIO: Reports 896 new cases today bringing the provincial total to 74,715. According to the report, 314 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 173 in Peel Region, 115 in York Region, 92 in Ottawa, 37 in Halton Region and 32 in Durham Region.
UNITED STATES: reported more than 88,500 new cases on Thursday, a record daily high since the beginning of the pandemic.
NORTH BAY: Well done North Bay you are a shining example of a community that cares! By keeping our risk profile low, our local businesses and recreational facilities can remain open. We want to keep it this way as you are seeing businesses that have e to close in the hotspots.
Please support our local businesses and front line workers

COVID Update (227) 10 days straight days without a positive case in North Bay and no unresolved cases in district

ONTARIO: reported 934 new infections on Thursday.
A large wedding in Vaughan hotel two weeks ago has led to 46 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Any guests who attended the wedding festivities are at “high risk” of contracting the virus, and all of the 100-plus attendees are being asked to monitor for symptoms and self-isolate for two weeks.
NORTH BAY: Doing great! As we can see what happened in Vaughan is an example of we let our guard down. You are doing great North Bay, stay the course.

COVID-19 Update (226) 9 days straight without a new case. . .Be Proud North Bay

ONTARIO: Reported 834 new cases of COVID-19 today. The hot spots again are Toronto 355 new cases, Peel 169 cases and York 89 cases.
GLOBAL: An uptick has led some countries to reinstate certain social distancing measures. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for a limited lockdown. French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new nationwide lockdown as COVID cases surged in his country. The lockdown will go into effect on Friday.
UNITED STATES: In the U.S., the state of Illinois has ordered Chicago to shut down indoor dining.
Daily U.S. cases have risen by a record average of 71,832 over the past week, meanwhile, COVID hospitalizations are up 5% or more in 36 states, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
NORTH BAY: Please do not relax yet, this is still a critical time for us. I know it has been 226 days but we are not out of the woods by a long shot. Keep up the great work.
Please support our local businesses and our frontline workers

COVID-19 (225) 8 straight days without a positive case in North Bay. Well done again North Bay.

ONTARIO: Reports 827 new cases of COVID-19 today. The province's labs processed fewer than 24,000 tests — about half of their daily capacity.
Of the new cases, Toronto saw 355 new cases, Peel Region 169 and York with 89.
The seven-day average of new daily cases, a measure that limits noise in the data and provides a clearer picture of longer-term trends, increased slightly up to about 879, another record high. Compared to the previous five days, the rate of increase slowed considerably. Ontario is also reporting 691 more resolved cases, and an additional four deaths, bringing the total death toll to 3,103.
UNITED STATES: Over the past seven days, the U.S. reported an average of 69,967 new cases every day, the highest seven-day average recorded yet.
Our city is doing great, be proud. Please support our local businesses and our frontlines workers. They have been there for us since day 1. Stay the Course and please do not let your guard down.

COVID-19 Update (224) 7 days straight without a positive case in North Bay (well done!)

ONTARIO: Reports 851 new COVID-19 cases today, on top of record-level infections of 1,042 Sunday and 978 Saturday, up 704 or 32 per cent from the same days last weekend.
CANADA: added 2,145 confirmed NEW cases to its nationwide tally on Sunday, along with 24 more deaths.
215,884 people in Canada have tested positive, while the country's death toll stands at 9,946. Since the pandemic began, 181,429 people have recovered after falling ill and more than 11.1 million tests have been administered.
NORTH BAY: Back on track, well done. As you can see, cases are surging globally which means we are not out of the woods. The winter months will be challenging for all of us, but we are up to the task. If you need assistance, please reach out to a friend or a healthcare professional.
Please support our local businesses and frontline workers.

COVID-19 Update (223). Record 1,042 Cases today in Ontario

ONTARIO: Reports a record 1,042 new COVID-19 cases today, marking the first time cases have surpassed 1,000 a day since the outbreak began in late January. The majority of the new cases remain concentrated in the long-standing hot spots of Toronto, York, Peel and Ottawa.
CANADA: added another 2,224 new cases on Saturday raising the country's total COVID-19 infections to over 213,000.
UNITED STATES: Recorded more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Saturday amid a surge as the weather turns colder.
NORTH BAY: You continue to show the way, well done. We will have an update from the weekend at 930 am tomorrow.
Enjoy today, stay focused and please support our local businesses and frontline workers.

COVID-19 Update (222) Sudbury announces 4 new cases Friday. Ontario sets daily record high.

CANADA: Reports 2,582 cases and a total of 211,515 cases since the start of the pandemic. Dr Theresa Tam stated the number of people experiencing severe cases of the virus are on the rise.
ONTARIO: Reports record high 978 new cases today, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 69,331.
It's the highest single-day increase in cases to date, surpassing the Oct. 9 report of 939. (We need as a community to follow the protocols to protect our local businesses and frontline workers).
UNITED STATES: Announced Friday, a record 82,600 daily cases (An all time high). The current surge is considerably more wide spread then the waves last spring amd summer. The Previous record was 76,533 set July 17th.
NORTH BAY: Yesterday we recorded our 4th straight day of no new cases. Locally, we will not know of any new cases until Monday at 9:30am.
Our local businesses and frontline workers need your support. Stay the course North Bay, you are doing OK.

COVID-19 Update (221) Canada hits daily record of new cases (2,788)

Ontario: Reports 826 cases
Quebec: Reports 905 cases
UNITED STATES: Reports 71,600 new cases, approaching a record number of daily infections set in late July.
NORTH BAY: Reports no new cases for the 4th day straight. We have 3 unresolved cases in the district. A total of 47,122 tests have been taken.
While it is good news that we are on our 4th day straight without a postive cases, the stats show the cases are growing across the country. Please do not let your guard down or let covid fatigue set in. Over the next few months, we are in a battle to keep our risk profile low.
Stay the Course North Bay, we are doing OK.
Please support our local businesses and frontline workers by following all the protocols

COVID-19 Update (220) No new cases again today.

Ontario: reported another 841 cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of new daily cases is starting to climb again after a brief lull. The weekly average now sits at 761. 9 more deaths, a second day in a row with 9 new deaths. 40 have died in the last week.
Today's new cases are again in the hot spots: Toronto 335 Peel 162, York 106 and Ottawa 72
Keep focused and stay the course North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (219) New case today.

The new case (#47) was a close contact of a case in the age bracket (60-79)
The protocols are our best friends. Our frontline workers and local businesses are depending on us to to our part. We have seen 7 cases in the last week. The case load across the Province today was 790 new cases.
North Bay, we need everyone to be clearly focused and to remain vigilant. Our community is resilient and more than ever, we can't let COVID-19 fatigue set in now.
Stay the Course

COVID-19 Update (218) No new cases in North Bay today. Total tests 45,830, 46 positive with 5 unresolved.

ONTARIO: reported 821 new cases today. The 2nd most on a single day since a resurgence COVID began in the province in mid-August. Toronto once again saw the most with 327, Peel 136 and 79 in Ottawa.
Today, Hospitalizations, as well as the number of patients in intensive care and using ventilators, all went up. Hospitalizations rose from 252 yesterday to 274 today, ICU patients went from 69 yesterday to 72 today, and people in the ICU using ventilators went from 40 to 45.
ALBERTA: At least 49 active cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a wedding held earlier this month in Calgary.
UNITED STATES: New daily cases of the coronavirus, as a seven-day average, totaled 58,397 in the U.S. on Monday — almost 18% higher than last week’s levels,
As you can see, by the numbers, we are not out of the woods. Please do not take any chances and follow all the protocols. Our frontline workers, our local businesses and our citizens appreciate your dedication to keeping everyone safe.

COVID-19 Update (217-A) We are going Backwards. . . 6 new cases in 3 days. We need you to be informed and ask that you take no chances.

Please.....Please be COVID friendly and not verbally attack or put down individuals that have tested positive. Further, the students that attend Chippewa HS should not be bullied or ignored just because they attend this School. They need your support more than ever. We ask that you be kind, supportive and understanding. If you follow all the protocols and maintain 6 feet, your risk profile is low.
We are going to see more cases (maybe) at other Schools or workplaces. Thanksgiving weekend was a real test and we will know more this week on how we did.
Of the 6 cases, 2 were reported at a local High School. There were an additional 4 cases in the district. Total cases stand at 46 with 5 unresolved.
I will update after 3 pm if there are any additional cases in our district.
We have been communicating how important than ever it is for us to follow all the protocols. As you can see, letting your guard down even for 1 minute, has consequences.

COVID-19 Update (216-B) Today, Sunday, 2 new cases in North Bay.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has confirmed an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at a school within the Nipissing District. (Chippewa High School) The Health Unit is working with the school board to ensure that all close contacts are contacted directly. The individual is currently self-isolating.
It is known that the individual is a close contact of another positive COVID-19 case in our district and there is no evidence to suggest that this case was exposed at school. At this time there is no outbreak at the school.

COVID-19 Update (216-A) Canada is averaging approximately 2,310 new daily cases in the past week.

ONTARIO: REPORTED 658 new cases today. Of the 247 people in Ontario Hospitals on Sunday morning, 71 were in ICU and 43 are on ventilators.
The hot spots are Toronto with 197, Peel with 155, York with 94 and Ottawa with 66.
Next week will be a key indicator of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Your best defense is following the protocols faithfully. You are doing great North Bay, we still have a ways to go but your actions have made a tremendous difference.
Please support our local businesses

COVID-19 Update(215) Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York report highest increase in Ontario.

ONTARIO; 805 new case today. Public health units in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region and York Region reported higher increases in cases. Of the 805 new cases in Ontario, 374 were in Toronto, 70 were in Ottawa, 107 were in Peel, and 93 were in York. Of the 278 people in Ontario hospitals Saturday morning, 72 were listed as being in intensive care units and 42 people were reported to be on ventilators.
UNITED STATES; (3rd Wave) The US has reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily count the nation has reported since late July.
The surge in new cases comes as infectious disease experts warn the U.S. could face a “substantial third wave” of infections that will be further complicated this winter by the spread of seasonal influenza.
NORTH BAY; We had a confirmed case yesterday as posted. With the surge in the country and Province, we are at higher risk more now than ever before. We know traveled happened to and from our city, specially on Thanksgiving long weekend. We will know more starting next week, when the tests start getting released.
We have been great up until now, please don’t allow the feeling we are safe or COVID fatigue let your guard down. Your continued actions will determine our fate. Keep the faith North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (214) We have a confirmed case today. Total now is 43 with 2 unresolved. I urged all of us, to follow the protocols to a "T".

We may now starting to see our actions from Thanksgiving weekend. Monday to Wednesday of next week will be the telling tale for us. There was no question people traveled here and our citizens travelled elsewhere for Thanksgiving. It is a family celebrated holiday. we have all heard the stories of packed driveways and people visiting others.
I know how difficult it is and we realize COVID fatigue has set in and because of our low low numbers, the sense of being safe is there.
Having said that, we are now entering a very dangerous time. We need everyone to practice the protocols faithfully.
Please support our local businesses and front line workers. We now see York has entered into modified stage 2 for businesses. We do not want to put our local businesses, our frontline staff or our citizens at risk.
ONTARIO: 712 new cases.
Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa were the first regions to enter modified Stage 2. Now York district is in stage 2 modified.
We do not want that to happen to us. Our local businesses need our support. By following all the protocols, helps our businesses.

COVID-19 Update (213) North Bay is doing well. . .

North Bay: 0 new cases and 1 unresolved case
Canada: 2,499 confirmed cases Wednesday, as the fall surge continues to surpass the first wave of the pandemic.
Ontario: 783 new cases today. Today's case count is a slight increase from Wednesday which saw 731 new infections and Tuesday's with 746.
Toronto 239 new cases, Peel 136 , York 127, Ottawa 89 continue to lead in cases.
THANKSGIVING: We should see any increases starting Monday if there was spread and if travel and individuals were not following protocols. We do know people traveled to North Bay as well as some traveling from North Bay to south and east. I am hopeful, that this doesn't come back and bite us.
In the meantime, we are seeing the vast majority complying with protocols which is greatly appreciated by everyone.
Stay the course North Bay, you are doing great,

COVID-19 Update (212) Not good news: Ottawa has been moved into the red, the most severe classification on a four-colour scale used by public health officials to determine the severity of COVID-19 in the community, including the risk of overburdening the local health-care system.

ONTARIO: Ontario reports 721 new cases today. 270 in Toronto, 170 in Peel Region, 79 in York, 41 in Hamilton and 39 in Ottawa.
NORTH BAY: No new cases reported in our city. 1 unresolved case.
Seeing Ottawa moved into the most severe classification is concerning. Please keep this in mind when you are out there. Ottawa is only 3 and half hours away. We must not let COVID-19 fatigue get us down.
We can't underestimate the importance of following the protocols. Stay the course North Bay, we are now in the 2nd wave and the trends don't look favourable.

COVID-19 Update (211) One new case in our district. The North Bay Health Unit issued a community notice about a potential public exposure to COVID-19.

Any patrons that attended Highball Billiards & Bar, Thursday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct 11 from 1-7 p.m. each day should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, until October 25. They should also contact the local assessment centre for testing, should symptoms develop. This event is considered low risk to patrons but we take every case seriously.
ONTARIO: Ontario reported 746 additional cases of COVID-19 today as well as 807 more cases for Monday.
New daily case counts for both days were reported simultaneously this morning, as the province does not provide updates on stat holidays.
The average daily number of new cases continued a steep climb and is now at 761.4. The figure has increased on each of the last eight days, and has been trending steadily upward since a low in mid-August.
New cases in today's report are once again concentrated in:
• Toronto: 311
• Peel Region: 135
• Ottawa: 116
The trend is up and we will not have the results from Thanksgiving weekend till next week. The second wave is hitting Canada hard and may continue to increase.
We need you to fight the COVID protocol fatigue. Your actions are more important now than ever.

COVID-19 Update (210) Canada records 1,685 cases today

Quebec: 942 cases (Sunday)
Ontario 649 cases (Sunday)
Global: Total surpassed 37.3 million cases to date, with total deaths of 1,074,000
Thanksgiving: We will have an idea of this weekend in 7 to 10 days from now.
North Bay: You are doing your part, be proud and stay the course.

COVID-19 Update (209) Thanksgiving Sunday. We do have so much to be thankful in North Bay with one of the lowest positive case per capita in Ontario.

Ontario reports 649 New cases with Peel leading the way with 157, followed by Toronto with 140 and Ottawa with 54.
In Hamilton, 50 cases are linked to Spin studio.
North Bay continues to lead the Province with the fewest cases per capita.
Please support our frontline workers, local businesses and our fellow citizens by following all the protocols.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, stay safe out there.

COVID-19 Update (207) Canada sets daily record high of 2,554 positive cases.

Ontario reports 809 New cases today with the usual hotspots reporting high daily cases again, Toronto 358 , Peel 123, Ottawa 94, and York with 76. To put in perspective, these 4 areas account for 651 case today.
North Bay continues to be one of the lowest COVID-19 positive cases per capita in Ontario.
US reports 57,420 cases (highest since mid-August)
THANKSGIVING: This is a concern as I have mentioned for past 7 days. Please stick to your bubble or even better just those under your roof.
We do know that some with travel from the hotspots north to visit family/friends and vice versa. Some have commented on my previous posts about this should not be allowed. There is no law in the country about this so we need to accept that it happens. All we can do is ask our citizens to stay home and ask their family members down south to do the same.
While we understand many reasons why this happens, the best way to protect yourself and your family members, is to follow the protocols to a "T".
Our frontline workers and our local businesses depend on us doing our part. Our frontline workers are most at risk no only for themselves but their family members as well.
Our local businesses want and need to stay open. Doing your part allows them to do so. One just has to look at southern Ontario districts where the Province has closed them down. We don't want that to heppen here.
Stay the course, you are making a difference

COVID-19 Update (206-B) Toronto, Peel and Ottawa hotspots. Sweeping new restrictions to start Saturday at 12:01am.

New advisory: Travel from regions with high cases to areas with few cases is advised against. ( I believe it is the same in reverse although they didn't state that. Only makes sense that it includes both ways)
Thanksgiving: Please stick to your family members under your roof. You can still have up to 10 (your bubble) but it is not recommended.
We are hopeful our citizens will ask their friends or family members not to travel for Thanksgiving and now given the new advisory, we must adhere to this. We ask that if you were planning on traveling to the hotspots, that you adhere to the advisory and not make the journey.
We are thankful to our citizens and local businesses that have done their part here to keep our risk profile low.

COVID-19 Update (206-A) This is concerning, 939 new cases today in Ontario.

Yesterday, the announced new case was in the Parry Sound District not Nipissing District. It however counts towards our numbers.
THANKSGIVING: Please stick to those living under your roof. You can have up to 10 in your Bubble, but health professionals are not recommending this. As we can see, the predicted epidemiology trend of daily 1000 cases looks like reality.
We are asking everyone to step up and be counted. Our risk profile is still low here because of your actions but it is rising because of the trend. Please do not take anything for granted.
The best way forward is to think that everyone could be positive and that way you focus on the recommended protocols more clearly.
This weekend may be the super spreader that will have major consequences on our daily routines moving forward. Remember that we won't know the effect this Thanksgiving week will have until 7 to 10 days out. By then, it is too late.
Stay the course everyone, you have been rocking it now for 205 straight days, we are in crunch time now

COVID-19 Update (205-A) Record Cases today in Ontario

I usually wait till after 3pm to post to include our numbers but it is important to get this message out.
Ontario is reporting 797 new cases, a new provincial record within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began.
Toronto reported 265 new cases, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel Region, 78 in York Region and 33 in Halton Region.
The total cumulative number of cases now stands at 56,742.
THANKSGIVING: As I mentioned this weekend is a concern. Let's not kid ourselves, we know people will be travelling here to visit and we will have our citizens travelling to other centres to visit on a popular family tradition long weekend. We ask everyone to respect the protocol to stay within 10 but please know all medical professionals are urging everyone just to stick with those under the same roof.
With todays record number of cases, Thanksgiving may be the super spreader that sets us back. Our local businesses and frontline workers are depending on all of us to follow all the protocols.
Please keep them in mind when you are celebrating Thanksgiving.

COVID-19 Update (204) The number of daily COVID-19 cases reported in Canada increased 40 per cent in the last week.

CANADA: Average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the last seven days, nearly 10 times the low it reached last July
ONTARIO: New cases rose from 548 yesterday to 583 Wednesday, but a large number of recoveries meant that active cases dropped by more than 100.
NORTH BAY 0 again. We are still the lowest per capita in Ontario Be Proud!
Thanksgiving is a concern. Please stick with family members under your own roof this year. We want to get everyone thru. Keep doing your best everyone, I know how hard it is sometimes but having the lowest per capita is something to be very proud of.
Stay the Course

COVID-19 Update (203) North Bay currently is the LOWEST per capita for COVID-19 cases in Ontario

Quebec: Hits single day record today with 1364.
Ontario: Reports 548 new cases today The number of people in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID continued its steady rise and is now 192, 16 more than in yesterday. 40 patients are being treated in ICU, while 26 are on ventilators. Meanwhile, Ontario's official COVID-19 death toll grew by seven and now sits at 2,987.
Of the positive cases in Ontario today, 201 were in Toronto, 90 in Peel, 62 in Ottawa.
NORTH BAY: 0 new cases again. Be Proud North Bay,
Thanksgiving is a concern for future surges. Please Please be careful and follow the current protocols. We want to get everyone thru and not have huge setbacks. Our local businesses and frontline workers are depending on us.

COVID-19 Update (202) Thinking of our Frontline workers

As we see the upward trend in cases, I can't imagine the stress our frontline workers and their families are feeling at this time. Please know our actions will determine their fate. Canada yesterday reported 1679 new cases with 80% of those in Ontario and Quebec alone.
ONTARIO: Reports 615 new cases. Toronto had 289 cases, Peel 88 and Ottawa 81. Of those, 58% were ages 40 and under.
North Bay 0 again
I would like to recognize and thank our citizens and local businesses doing their part to protect our frontline workers, their employees and customers and our community. Your actions are speaking volumes.
The 2nd wave is here and models show 1000 daily infections by mid October. So far, we are bucking the National and Provincial trends. Continue to be Proud North Bay, you are doing your part.

COVID-19 Update (201). Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Doctor Theresa Tam says continued spike in infections are worrying.

CANADA: Not all provinces report their daily tallies on Saturday, so the national increase of 1,812 additional cases does not include new Saturday case data from Prince Edward Island, Alberta, B.C. or the territories. "Our chance to prevent a large resurgence narrows with each passing day of accelerated epidemic growth," Tam said in a statement on Saturday.
ONTARIO: Reported 566 new cases today, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 54,199. There are 196 new cases in Toronto, 123 in Peel and 81 in Ottawa. 62%of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 534 more resolved cases.
NORTH BAY: We are still one of the lowest COVID ratios in Ontario per capita. This is a good statement to have to repeat each day, shows our citizens and local businesses doing their part. Our frontline workers have been there for us for the past 201 days, in these scary times. Our local businesses want to stay open and that is why it is so important to do our part to support them.
Thanksgiving is exactly one week away. This will be a difficult day to keep to your contained family bubble but more important than ever before. Please give this a lot of thought in the coming days. There will be more Thanksgiving dinners, let’s get everyone through this one. Stay safe everyone.

COVID-19 Update (200) Yes we are on Day 200 of the pandemic. Hard to fathom writing 200 straight days of updates.

CANADA: Records a record 2,122 new cases. COVID-19 has now claimed 9,409 Canadians (162,490 cases vs 137,614 resolved)
ONTARIO: Reports 653 cases today, with 284 in Toronto, 104 in Peel and 97 in Ottawa.
NORTH BAY: No unresolved cases. We have seen 39,704 tests done. North Bay is testing higher than the Provincial average. A special thank you to Dr Cowan and team for their amazing dedication and hard work. They are doing everything they can to assist you.
We are still one of the lowest reported cases per capita in Ontario. Our citizens and local businesses are doing thier part to keep our risk profile low.
Be Proud North Bay, the Province is noticing

COVID-19 Update (199) Record cases today in Ontario. . . 732

Provincial hot spots. . . Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.
North Bay 0 new cases and no unresolved cases
I will be concentrating on Thanksgiving in future posts and can be a "super spreader". This truly is a family tradition but I believe that our resolve we will be tested.
Keep your bubble tight. We are in a surge, make not mistake about it.
We are concerned. Support our local businesses and please follow all the protocols. This post is brief to emphasize the importance of this message.

COVID-19 Update (198) Quebec alone reports 933 new infections today

CANADA: Canada reported a total of 1,796 new cases Wednesday
ONTARIO: 538 new cases of COVID. Of the new cases reported, 66 in Ottawa, 229 in Toronto, and 101 in Peel. There are now 162 Ontarians hospitalized with the disease, including 36 in ICU and 17 on ventilators.
NORTH BAY: 0 and no unresolved cases.
The North Bay Health Unit announced yesterday, they would put on their website, the number of students who test positive that live here for School but are from other cities. Their website today states no unresolved cases.
IMPORTANT: It doesn't matter if there are no unresolved cases here in reality, you need to follow the protocols regardless. People do travel and the virus is out there. There is no guarantee that someone travelling through our city is not positive. The Protocols are your best friend.
Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (197) Modelling shows and predicts 1000 new cases daily in October. (Not Good)

Cases are now doubling almost every 10 to 12 days in Ontario.
Medical professionals see upwards of 1,000 coronavirus cases a day in October, as the second wave is in full swing.
The second wave was initially impacting people between the ages of 20 to 39, they are now seeing it impact ages across the board.
Latest:
Ontario 625 new cases
North Bay 0 new cases (All cases resolved)
We really need everyone to stay focused on the protocols.
Stay safe out there everyone.

COVID-19 Update (196) Ontario reporting 554 cases

North Bay 0
Everyone, this note will be brief. We NEED everyone to double down and follow the protocols. If we don't, we will see a surge. It really is that simple.
Our local businesses and front line staff need us to continue to do our part.
Sorry to be stark, but the reality is, the 2nd wave is upon us.

COVID-19 Update (195) Ontario reports highest daily infections ever recorded (700 today).

Of the 700, 344 were in Toronto alone, 104 in Peel, 89 in Ottawa and 56 in York.
Quebec records 750 new cases.
North Bay: 0
The Provincial, National and Global trend is worrisome and going in the wrong direction.
Ok North Bay, we need everyone to double down on following the protocols. The risk level is increasing everywhere and we will not be immune. I know there have been a few saying why as our risk profile is low but cases are spiking.
We control our fate as a community. Your actions are so important. The virus is out there just waiting to spread. We need everyone to do their part.
Today is absolutely a wake up for all of us. I have full confidence in our medical professionals and frontline workers. They can only do so much, this will be a community team effort to keep everyone safe.
We are again in uncharted waters.

COVID-19 Update (194) Not a good sign.

Ontario reports 491 new cases today, the highest daily total since May 2nd (511)
France: Reports 15,797 new cases (compares with 7,558 during the first wave in March).
Toronto: Almost 600 people possibly exposed at a local facility.
North Bay: You continue to do your part. Please keep an eye on the Provincial and National daily numbers as this will be a tell-tale of a pattern or trend. Currently that trend is up.
Please remember the protocols are your BFF.
Stay safe out there

COVID-19 Update (193) North Bay is a leader.

This post is to recognize and thank all those doing their part in our city to keep our risk profile low. We are not immune to surges as everyone knows. We are still one of the lowest per capita in Ontario for positive cases. We have no unresolved cases in our city.
Ontario and Canada are doing their best to keep the numbers down but as we all can see the trend is upwards which unfortunately puts us at higher risk.
We can control our fate by following all the protocols. There will always be some that will not, that is why it is critical that you do.
Our frontline workers, our local businesses, family and friends depend on us to do our part.
Stay proud North Bay, you are one of the leaders in Ontario

COVID-19 Update (192) Canada sees more than 1000 cases for 6th straight day.

Ontario reports 409 new cases
NORTH BAY: No new cases and all cases are resolved here in the city. We continue to be one of the lowest per capita in the Province.
Kudos to all citizens and local businesses doing their part to keep our risk profile low. As a community we take pride in how all of us are treating this seriously. Our local businesses and citizens know what needs to be done and are doing exactly that. Our actions have allowed our local businesses to remain open and employ our citizens. Be proud North Bay, the Province is noticing.
Stay the course and be proud!

COVID-19 Update (191)Canada records 5th straight day over 1000 daily cases. Today a total of 1085 cases reported

Ontario reports 407 new cases today but the overall trend is up.
Toronto (82) Ottawa (46) Peel (34) Waterloo (26)
63% of cases today were the age group 40 and under
North Bay - No new cases listed.
Again, well done North Bay. As you can see however the trend is upwards in the Province, Country and globally. This is a strong indication that we must follow the protocols. For cases to surge, it means that protocols are not being followed for the most part
Stay the Course and be proud of your actions

COVID-19 Update (190) Ontario reports a big drop in new cases. Today 335 cases vs 470 plus cases yesterday.

69% of the new cases were ages 40 and under.

Worldwide: US leads with more than 6.7 million, India 4.5 million plus, Brazil 4.2 million plus and Russia 1 million plus. These numbers are a few days old however. As you can imagine, they are higher today.
OTTAWA: A story out of Ottawa I believe sums up why we need to be careful and follow all the protocols. I know I have repeatedly stressed protocols but here is a great example why:
In a Ottawa Park, 40 family and friends got together to have a BBQ. No social distancing and most didn't wear face coverings. 2 people developed symptoms and tested positive. This led to two different outbreaks, one at a workplace and one at a day care. Transmission happened among staff and 2 children at the day care. The 2 children who became symptomatic then went to 2 separate Schools on 2 different busses.
Because of this, 105 people are considered high risk contact. They need to self isolate for 14 days and get tested.
I repeat this story to show how easy a surge can happen.
North Bay, you are doing great because you care. Please stay the course and be safe out there. Your actions determine our fate.

COVID-19 Update (189) The Public Health Agency of Canada released its latest modelling Tuesday, predicting up to 155,795 new cases and up to 9,300 deaths by early October if the current trajectory of the epidemic continues.

The reproduction rate of the virus is currently at 1.4, which means every 10 infected people are spreading it to 14, a rate which left unchecked would lead to a large surge in cases.
Ontario: Reports 478 new cases of COVID-19 today, nearly half of which were reported by the Toronto Public Health.
The breakdown of today’s cases, Toronto (175 new cases) Peel (84 new cases) and Ottawa reported 60 new cases. Together, those three centres reported 319 cases, which is 75 per cent of the new cases confirmed today. 285 of theses new cases are individuals under 40 years old.
North Bay: No new reported cases today. As you can see from above, medical professionals are concerned about the increasing number of daily cases. We continue to weather the storm but need everyone to stay committed to following the protocols. Keep it up North Bay, you are doing your part.
The protocols are your BFF. Stay the Course

COVID-19 Update (188-B) A new case has been reported in the Parry Sound area. (which counts in our district)

ONTARIO: Ontario is reporting 425 new cases today, bringing the provincial total to 47,274. Today's case count is a significant jump from Sunday which saw 365 new cases and is the highest one-day increase since early June.
According to Monday's provincial report, 175 new cases were recorded in Toronto (175) , 84 in Peel (84), Ottawa (60) and York Region (20) . More than 31,700 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. 67 per cent of Monday's cases are people under the age of 40.
North Bay, stay the course

COVID-19 Update: (188-A) ***Important News Update***: Following Ontario's Unexpected Saturday announcement increasing restrictions and reducing limits, we are hearing and seeing warnings from global health professionals regarding the global surge.

EUROPE: Local restrictions have been imposed in various parts of Europe to quell outbreaks of infection, with parts of northern England in lockdown and as is areas of Spain’s capital, Madrid.
COVID-19 cases are rising so rapidly in Europe that the World Health Organization is warning that there is a “very serious situation” unfolding in the region, calling the resurgence in infections a “wake up call.”
France reported 10,569 new cases Sunday. Italy saw close to 1,000 new infections and Germany reported 1,345 new cases Sunday, and a further 922 cases Monday.
UK: U.K.’s top scientific advisor warned today that without action, the U.K. could see 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October. The British government is believed to be considering a short, national lockdown to slow the spread of the virus. The U.K., reported almost 4,000 new cases.
ONTARIO: Hospital officials in the GTA and Ottawa areas — the hot spots in the province's current surge — say they are seeing early signs of increasing admissions of people infected with COVID-19.
Still, the shift in the age of who's getting infected is one reason to hope that the impact of Ontario's current surge in COVID-19 cases could be less severe than the first wave.
More than half of Ontario's active cases — (infectious) are among people under the age of 40. According to health data, generally, younger age groups are less vulnerable to the most severe consequences of COVID-19, but not always. So far, just 12 Ontarians younger than 40 have died with a confirmed case of the virus.
North Bay: This mornings post is just to convey what we are seeing globally and to reinforce what is happening around us. We are still doing a great job following the protocols and helping keep our risk profile low. I know that some are letting their guards down because we are "deemed a safe haven". While it is true we are one of the lowest centres per capita for infections, we are not immune from surges. Take pride in our actions but do not let your guard down.
This post is not to alarm or frighten individuals but to inform them for their safety. I have posted many times about our low risk profile in the past. Having both the good and bad news is important. If you continue to follow all the protocols, your risk profile will remain low. If you choose not to, your risk profile raises significantly.
Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (187). Today marks exactly 6 months straight of COVID-19. Yes we have been living the new normal now for 187 days.

NEW NORMAL: Well that is quite a statement. As everyone knows, the new normal means everything is changing daily. New protocols, New information sometimes confusing, different perspectives ranging from hoax to the end of the world. While there is constant debate out there, our focus here is the advice we receive from our medical professionals. We trust our medical professionals. We work with them day in and day out.
NEW RESTRICTIONS: (My opinion after 187 days straight of reading everything I can on the subject). I agree with the new announced restrictions by the Province. Cases are surging globally and increasing here nationally. It is a prudent step that we should embrace. The Premier and the Provincial medical officer of health made the right call. *Contrary: Even if they didn't and it was an early call, it shows they are on top of it, with everyone's health safety at the forefront. If they didn't make this call, then the fall out would be thousands of new cases. In any event, I recommend that we follow the new protocols. It is the right call.
CANADA: Adds 863 new cases today. Please remember our population is around 33 million. The US is tens times that amount. We are doing better than most countries but we are at risk.
ONTARIO: 365 new cases today. The hot spot centres are still Toronto (113 new cases today), Peel (108) and York (38). I don't have a number for Ottawa.
NORTH BAY: Still leading the way. I have a number of posters say.....we don't have any cases, we are safe, we don't need to follow the protocols like everyone else, we are good...on and on. While technically we do only have 1 unresolved case, we are still at risk if we don't stay the course we have been on since the beginning.
We are asking our community to double down and follow the protocols to protect our community, our frontline workers and allow our local businesses to stay open to continue to serve our citizens amd employ our neighbours.
It is in our hands, how we do over the next 6 months. Your actions will determine our fate and our numbers. Let's keep it up North Bay, you should be proud

COVID-19 Update (186) New Provincial restrictions effective immediately. New cases today (407) mark the 2nd day straight of 400 plus.

The number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across Ontario, will now be set to 10 people for indoor gatherings and 25 people for outdoor gatherings for the next 28 days. Previously, a maximum of 50 people were permitted for indoor events and 100 for outdoors.
The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.
The majority of new cases are in the 3 areas that have been a challenge for quite a while. Toronto (129) Peel (94) and Ottawa (55). 71% of new cases today are people 40 and younger.
North Bay: These rules apply to our city. We respectfully ask that you abide by the new limits. While our citizens and businesses are doing their part to keep our risk profile low, we can not ignore what is happening across southern and eastern Ontario. As a community, we have stood proud to protect our frontline workers, our local businesses and our community. We need to show Ontario that we will continue to lead the Province in following the protocols, keeping our citizens safe. North Bay, be proud of your actions, they continue to determine our fate.
Stay the Course, this is not the time to let down our guard.

COVID-19 Update (185). New COVID-19 cases surge past 400 in Ontario for first time in 15 weeks

Health professionals reported 401 new cases today, which is the highest number of new cases since June 2 when 446 infections were added. Yesterday in Ontario, there were 293.
Canada reported an additional 1,120 new cases and seven deaths yesterday. It's the second time this week that the country has reported more than 1,000 new cases in 24 hours.
Yesterday, I mentioned we needed to up our game, today the cases surging in Ontario and Canada reflects that the virus is all around us and spreading. We need everyone to focus on keeping our risk profile low. One social gathering is all it takes. Please be careful out there. Parts of the Province have gone backwards.
North Bay continues to shine and there were no reported new cases here today. We are at 39, with 37 resolved, 1 unresolved, no Hospitalizations and 1 unfortunately has passed away.

COVID-19 Update (184) We need to step up our game!

Canada: Could lose its ability to manage the coronavirus pandemic due to a worrying recent spike in new COVID-19 cases. The warning from Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Theresa Tam. This is the clearest indication yet of how worried authorities are about the potential for the outbreak to spiral out of control.
An average of 779 new cases had been reported daily during the most recent week, more than double the level in July, Tam said. Officials in major provinces blame social gatherings for the spike.
"The ongoing increase in new cases being reported daily continues to give cause for concern. With continued circulation of the virus, the situation could change quickly and we could lose the ability to keep COVID-19 cases at manageable levels." Stated Dr Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Ontario: Outdoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 25 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people in Peel, Toronto and Ottawa on Friday. . These rules do not apply inside businesses that have been given the go-ahead to open, such as movie theatres.
The rest of Ontario, Stage 3 rules, including the allowance of 50 people at an indoor event or gathering and 100 people at an outdoor event or gathering do not change. We need to do our part here.
Premier Ford has warned all organizers of illegal social gatherings can face a new minimum fine of $10,000, in addition to the $700 fine for those who attend.
North Bay: No new cases reported today. A total of 33,243 tests have been taken. We have a total of 39 cases, 37 resolved and unfortunately 1 death. We have 1 unresolved case.
As you can clearly see, the number of cases is increasing in Canada. We are not immune to the pandemic. We need everyone to double down and follow the protocols to the letter. We do not want a surge or go backwards like Toronto, Peel or Ottawa.
Please continue todo your part as you have been doing. There are always a few that don't, that is why it is so important for you to follow the protocols to keep your risk profile low.

COVID-19 Update (183) 315 new cases today in Ontario, including 77 in Toronto, 61 in Ottawa, 54 in Peel, 37 in York and 24 in Durham.

In Ontario, 64% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40.
Ontario is moving to lower the limits on social gatherings in a bid to stem a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in some areas of Ontario. The new health guidelines will be announced shortly.
Provincial health officials have attributed the spike in cases largely to people not following public health guidelines at social gatherings.
The Premier has promised to take action in the regions where most of the cases have emerged — Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa.
He has also not ruled out further lock downs in those areas if virus case numbers aren't brought under control.
In Quebec, new cases continue to climb after health professionals report 303 new infections today.
Cases are increasing all around us and also globally. Please be careful out there. We can see a surge if even a few let their guard down.

Covid-19 Update (182) Canada will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for another 30 days until Oct. 21.

Canada saw 792 new infections on Tuesday, pushing the country's total case count to 138,695.
Globally there are 29,155,581 total cases, 926,544 deaths and 216 countries, areas and territories with cases.
We need everyone to follow the protocols..................everyone health depends on all of us. Thank you to everyone for doing their part, the next couple of months will tell the story.
Stay the course North Bay

COVID-19 Update (181) Here is the most important information you need to know today.

To the Point : Ontario has seen the average number of new COVID-19 infections doubled in just three weeks.
Onyario reported 313 new cases today! 80 per cent of Ontario’s cases are from three regions — 112 cases of today’s recorded cases are in Toronto, 71 in Peel and 60 in Ottawa. Almost 70 per cent of recorded cases have been observed in people under the age of 40.
We saw our 1st case in 70 days. Our streak has ended.
Please, Please be careful out there! Our actions will determine our fate.

COVID-19 Update (180) Sudbury announces 2 new cases issues warning about contact with individual.

Canada reports 515 New cases Saturday, the vast majority in Ontario and Quebec. Dr Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health states " we are seei g about 630 new cases on average were added daily over the past week. That is 20% more than last week and 65% greater than a month ago.
North Bay is doing their part and keeping our risk profile low. Please support our frontline workers and local businesses. They need us more than ever to follow the protocols so their families can remain safe and our local businesses can continue to stay open amd employ our citizens. Well done everyone.

COVID-19 (179) Ontario reports 2nd day in a row of new cases surpassing 200. Today number is 232.

Like Friday, 2/3rd are under the age of 40
The trouble spots still are Toronto (77), Peel 62 amd Ottawa (27).
Global: India sets a global record for daily cases for the 3rd consecutive day. The country reported 97,570 new csaes yesterday. India has the 2nd highest number of cases worldwide at over 4.6 million. While they are a world away from us, the global leader in COVID-19 cases is the US at 6.4 million. We share a border with them as you know.
Over 28 million have been inflected global and the death rate is creeping close to 1 million deaths ( 916,237).
The race for a vaccine continues.
North Bay: You continue to shine, continue to support the protocols and you are demonstrating a willingness to keep our risk profile low. Stay the Course North Bay, our frontline workers and local businesses appreciate your efforts.

COVID-19 Update (178) Ontario reports 213 cases of COVID-19 today, first time numbers have crossed the 200 mark since July 21st.

Hot Spots: There are 71 cases in Toronto, Peel 38, Ottawa 37 lead the way.
Interesting Stat #1: 67 per cent of today's cases were found in people under the age of 40.
US: Over the past seven days, the country has reported an average of about 35,200 new cases per day, down more than 12% from last week. New weekly cases have declined by 44% since July.
North Bay had no new cases and today marks *67* days without a positive case (* the 38th case occurred outside of Canada and not in North Bay, in fact they were not infectious in our city). Our citizens are doing their part.
Interesting Stat #2: North Bay is testing at a level of 23,957.2 per 100K. We are well above the Ontario average of 21,918.8 per 100K. Sudbury is testing at 16,608.8 per 100K. We are 2000 more tests per 100K than the Provincial average.
A shout out to Dr Cowan and his team at NBRHC for their outstanding work.

COVID-19 Update (177) No new cases today in North Bay.

Yesterday we did have a positive case (#38) after 64 days but the person was out of country. There are no unresolved cases in North Bay. Full explanation below. As this case was not in North Bay, we are at 65 days without a case.
Case #38
The individual tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Canada, where they isolated for 14 days. Upon return to Canada they isolated again for 14 days, as per the quarantine act. As the individual’s permanent address is in our district, the individual is counted in our case numbers. The individual was not infectious while in the Health Unit district.”
Ontario reported an additional 170 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, concentrated mainly in the Greater Toronto Area.
Toronto with 55. York Region 28, Peel 22. Ottawa reported 12.
We continue to be low risk because our citizens and local businesses are doing their part to keep everyone safe.
I encourage everyone to support local business.

COVID -19 Update (176-B) The latest on the new positive case (38th) announced yesterday.

“The individual tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Canada, where they isolated for 14 days. Upon return to Canada they isolated again for 14 days, as per the quarantine act. As the individual’s permanent address is in our district, the individual is counted in our case numbers. The individual was not infectious while in the Health Unit district.”

COVID-19 Update (176) The "R" Number is important for you to know. Keep an eye on this number.

A key number to keep on eye on, is the R number (Reproduction number). A key signal is the R number, which from a health perspective helps identify if the spead of COVID-19 is manageable. That number is now above one.
Dr Tam (Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health) states "That is not a good sign. We do not want that to happen" Health Professionals state the R number needs to be kept below 1 for a long period of time to avoid a rapid resurgence.
R number explained: if one person on average infects one person, the R number is 1. If 1 person infects 2, the R number is 2. An R number of 2 is catastrophic. If this cycle continues, so too, does the spread of the virus. Dr Tam's reiterated her warning of compliance with health protocols and "Super spreader events".
Canada's daily case numbers have been increasing. The number of people testing positive last week is up 25%.
Simcoe Muskoka have 5 new confirmed cases.
UPDATED: Trying to verify a 38th case due to travel. The case is listed as resolved however. More information to follow tomorrow

Covid-19 Update (175) CAREFUL!

Europe: As stated in my blogs "173 & 174", Europe is seeing new records for cases sometimes higher than the peak back in March. This is alarming.
Ontario: Daily cases are rising at a higher rate than hoped, in fact at an increase that have healthcare professionals concerned. The Province announced 185 new cases Monday and 190 today. Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa and Peel are the hotshots.
Canada: Canada’s Chief Public Health Doctor states "a slow but steady increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is a cause for concern" . Doctor Theresa Tam says "the average daily number of people testing positive over the last week is 545 — a 25 per cent increase over the previous week which saw a daily average of 435, and 390 a week before that"
North Bay: We have gone 64 straight days without a case (30,730 tests). We are and we should be proud of this accomplishment. We need to emphasize however, we are not an island and relaxing even for a wedding/ family gathering/event/BBQ could come with undesirable results. We really need everyone to continue to do their part, as our actions will determine our fate.
I will conclude with.............. We need everyone to be extra CAREFUL.

COVID-19 Update (174) As mentioned in yesterday's blog post (173) Europe near March levels.........

COVID-19 is surging in France, Spain and the UK raising concerns about a second wave in countries still suffering from the first wave.
France reported 8,975 new cases, a new record. The previous record was 7,578 (March 31) at the height of the global pandemic.
In the UK , new COVID-19 cases soared almost 3,000 — the country’s biggest jump since May.
Spain had almost 9,000 cases last week.
As you can see, this is not good news globally.
We must stay the course, follow the protocols and be careful not to let our guard down.
North Bay continues to excel, which of course makes us all feel safe. We know that is not true if we stop following the protocols. Please know, we are far from this pandemic being over. Be proud, be strong and be safe.

COVID-19 Update (173) COVID-19 cases in Europe are "almost back" to levels seen in March scientists have warned as concerns grow over potential second wave.

Director of ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention) Andrea Ammon states " The virus hasn't been sleeping over the summer, it didn't take a vacation and that is something that we see now"
Professor Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist with The University of Edinburgh is watching the proportion of tests coming back positive. They are starting to see an increase in this area. He states " Out of all the indicators, that's the one that catches my eye. It comes back to the crucial "R" number (Reproduction number, which indicates the spread of the virus. Of below or above 1. In the early stages of the first wave, it was near 3.
In Ontario, there were 152 new cases with most in the Toronto area. Of the 152 number, most (79) were in the 20-39 age group. This is the 11th straight day of new daily cases were over 100.
As you can see, we are not over this pandemic. Your actions (you are doing great so far!) have been tremendous, keeping our risk profile low. Please know, a surge can happen easily. Please continue to do your part to keel everyone safe.
Happy Sunday everyone, be proud. North Bay is doing well.

COVID-19 Update (172) Ontario reports 132 new cases, the 8th day the numbers have surpassed 100.

There are currently 1,249 active cases in the Province.
Interesting stat today:
Ages 60-79 21 cases
Ages 40-59 42 cases
Ages 20-39 41 cases
Ages 1-19 19 cases
Most of the new cases reported on Thursday are in just three regions. There were 45 new cases in Peel, 31 in Toronto and 22 in Ottawa.
In North Bay, we are now 59 straight days without a positive case. Kudos everyone for leading the way.
You are rocking it North Bay, be proud. Your actions are the reason we are having success.

COVID-19 Update (171) "The dreaded resurgence of COVID-19 has already begun" in Toronto states Toronto medical officer of Health.

Toronto saw 48 new cases overnight, bring the number of new cases to 123 this week in Toronto. Dr Devilla is urging those who have let their guard down to return to stricter practices.
In North Bay, we hit 58 straight days without a positive case. We know what happens when cities or countries let their guard down, cases surge. Please let's not go backwards now, don't let your guard down, follow the protocols.
It is all our actions that will determine our fate. Our frontline workers and local businesses need us to continue to do their part. Our frontline workers deserve our respect by following the protocols to keep themselves and their families safe. Our local businesses want to stay open, to keep the economy going and continue to employ our citizens.
Stay the course North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (170) Total cases in Ontario stand at 42,421. More than 38,000 have recovered and unfortunately 2,812 have passed away

North Bay hits 57 straight days without a postive case. We are still 2nd lowest in Ontario.
The 20 to 39 age group is seeing an increase in cases while the other age groups are declining.
North Bay, you are doing everything that is asked of you. Your actions have been determining our fate. Please keep following the protocols.
We want to get everyone through this pandemic and u til there is a widely distributed vaccine, we must remain vigilant. Well done!

COVID-19 Update (169) 56 days without a Positive Case in North Bay. 56 days!!!!!!

WHO warns "no country can just pretend the pandemic is over"
US tops 6 million cases and is averaging 42,100 cases daily. If there is any good news in that, cases have dropped about 1.2% compared with week ago.
The long weekend is approaching and we are asking everyone to be careful, follow the protocols and not let your guard down.
North Bay continues to be the 2nd lowest in the Province of Ontario.
A total of 28,810 tests taken here with 37 positive cases reported, 36 resolved and unfortunately 1 has passed away. We are testing above the Provincial average thanks to our medical professionals.
Stay the Course North Bay.

COVID-19 Update (168) Global COVID-19 cases surpasses 25 million.

To put the increase in perspective, June 23rd global cases surpass 10 million, on August 10th (6 weeks later) cases pass 20 million and today (August 30th) the total cases surpassed 25 million.
The US, Brazil, Mexico and India account for over 40% of global cases. More than 843,000 have passed away since the start of the pandemic.
Today Ontario reported 112 cases.
North Bay continues to be 2nd lowest in Province per capita for positive cases with Algoma slighly lower.
Overall, citizens and businesses alike are doing their part to keep our risk profile low. A 2nd wave is a concern for health professionals and our actions will determine our fate.
The protocols and face covering are our BFF. It is wonderful to see the compliance rate for face covering and protocols being followed in our city. A sheer sign of respect for fellow citizens, frontline workers and local businesses. We do not want to start over.
Stay the course North Bay, the virus is all around us.

COVID-19 Update (167) Ontario sees highest daily cases (148) since July 24th.

The bulk of the new cases continue to be in the Toronto area (42) Peel area (32), Ottawa area (20) and Windsor (19) These cities have been trending for a while in highest daily cases in the Province.
North Bay is showing the way as the 2nd lowest cases per capita in Ontario. Our citizens and local businesses doingvtheir part. ❤
Stay safe, stay the course and be proud.

COVID-19 Update (166) North Bay continues to lead. 53 straight days without a positive case. 2nd lowest in Ontario per capita.

Toronto records 32, Peel with 27, Ottawa with 17 continue to be the hot spots in the Province.
To everyone doing their part, thank you. Our community truly cares and understands how important the protocols and how easily a surge can happen if we let our guard down.
Our citizens support our Frontline workers and local businesses!
Stay the Course.

COVID-19 Update (165) North Bay records 52 days straight without positive case!

Meanwhile the hot spots in Ontario remain Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. Toronto recored 36 New cases, Peel 19 and Ottawa 22. Total tests taken yesterday stood at 22,000.
North Bay is testing above the Provincial average and total tests todate stand at 27,603.
With the cooler weather coming, following the protocols in indoor spaces is critical. You have been doing fantastic and our stats show this.
Stay the Course North Bay and be PROUD.

COVID-19 Update (164) North Bay is now the 2nd lowest per capita in Ontario for COVID-19. 51 straight days without a postive case.

Ontario reports 88 new cases in the Province with bulk of the cases in the Toronto, Peel and Ottawa areas.
Total tests in the Province since the pandemic started are 2.8 million. North Bay ( testing above the Provincial average) has completed 27,466 tests in total.
In the last 24 hours, nearly 22,000 tests were conducted in the Province.
Well Done North Bay, 2nd lowest in the Province. Our citizens and local businesses doing their part for our community. Our frontline workers continue to be there for us, thank you.
Stay the Course

COVID-19 Update (163) 50 Days!!!!

50 Days without a Positive Case...........simply brilliant.
Thank you citizens and local businesses!!!!!!

COVID-19 Update (162) 49 Days and counting without Positive Case in North Bay.

Ontario reports 105 New cases for Province with 75% of the new cases limited to Ottawa, Peel and Toronto.
Most of the new cases are in the 20-39 age category. What is interesting with this age group, they are not seeing a significant increase during the pandemic, all other categories are declining except for this age group. Dr David Williams (Chier medical officer for Ontario) expressed concerns that some in this group may be getting "more casual" about physical distancing and public health rules. Overall he states however, the larger picture remains reassuring.
Well Done North Bay, Stay the Course.

COVID-19 Update (161) North Bay continues to excel.

Today in Ontario, the government has reported 115 new cases.
Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor are reporting higher number of increase cases compared with rest of Province.
Public Health Ontario reports the bulk of the increase in cases is the age group 20-39.
Of the 41 people in Ontario Hospitals, 11 are intensive care and 6 are on ventilators.
Breakdown on age groups show 20-39 age group with highest case loads
Age 19 & under 2,625
Age 20-39 12,903
Age 40-59 12,368
Age 60-79 7,426
Age 80 plus 6,075
Female 21,715
Male 19,392
In North Bay, it is clear our citizens and local businesses are doing their part to keep our risk profile low. Face coverings are seen everywhere. Stay the course North Bay, not only does it keep our citizens safe but our economy continues to grow.

COVID-19 Update (160) Will there is a 2nd wave as predicted?

We have heard concern from medical professionals and citizens alike concerned about a 2nd wave in the fall. Over the past few months in late spring/summer the numbers have trended downwards but with the colder weather and people being indoors more often does rise the risk levels. What happens truly is determined by our actions.

With colder weather comes other common respiratory viruses that circulate at this time. The Spanish flu had a 2nd wave was worse than initial start. Again it is our actions that will determine the direction. Fortunately the case numbers are relatively low in Ontario and extremely low in North Bay.

What happens in the fall and winter is dependent on our actions as a community. If we follow all the protocols, physical distancing, social bubbles, wearing face coverings and good hygiene then we will keep our risk profile low. Here is what Dr Bogoch had to say about the protocols and our actions.......

Dr Isaac Bogoch ( Infectious disease specialist at Toronto General) " If people, businesses and institutions adhere to these principles successfully and Government & public health bodies facilitate good access to testing, contact tracing and early detection systems, then Ontario could do OK with COVID-19 in the future"

So the take away today is, it is all about "us" We can make a difference by choosing to keep our risk profile low or ignore/letdown and rise our risk profile. Please choose wisely.

 

COVID-19 Update (159) Well done North Bay, Day 46 without a positive case

BC cracking down on large gatherings and parties. To be honest, why are people doing this and putting others at risk. In any event, our city is doing its part!

Unfortunately Quebec has lost someone that was only 19 years old to the virus.

In Canada, there have even 121,568 cases. Last week alone there were 2,583, 3% lower than the previous week.

Our local businesses and frontline workers need our support. Please don't let your guard down. We have just about every facility open and the future depends on your actions. Please follow the protocols.

Enjoy Friday evening everyone, our summer weekends here are to be enjoyed. Stay safe.

 

COVID-19 Update (158) World wide COVID-19 cases hit 22.7 million. North Bay hits Day 45 without a new case

Globally there are 22,751,342 cases reported, 794,270 deaths, 5,532,229 active cases and 15,424,843 have recovered.

North Bay continues to show the way with 45 days straight without a new case. We are on Day 158.

We have seen great compliance on face coverings by our local citizens and visitors alike. From what I am hearing from local businesses and citizens is everyone has adapted and feel more comfortable being out when they see how serious everyone is in keeping our risk profile low.

Our local businesses are able to be open, hire and be viable because you have taken all the protocols seriously. Well done, it is the greatest respect you can give our community.

Stay safe everyone a.d thank you for you are doing to keep oir frontline workers safe.

 

COVID-19 Update (157) Toronto reports 33, Ottawa 18 and Peel 18 new cases today. A total of 102 Province wide. South Western Ontario though is hit hardest with highest case count per 100K

North Bay records it 44 day without a positive case. The good news continues for our city. Well done.

The average per week in Ontario is around 92 cases daily. At the peak back in Mid-April it was nearly 600 cases per day.

Second wave: A lot has been written regarding this. The health professionals still believe a second wave is very possible unless people refrain from large gathering, including indoor parties and letting their guard down.

Overall, North Bay continues to be one of the lowest COVID-19 ratios in the Province. As I have mentioned numerous times, it is our actions that will determine our fate. North Bay is being recognized as a safe low risk place among our citizens and visitors alike.

I know this sounds like a broken record, but we must stay the course until a vaccine is in place. We have opened up all our facilities to allow as normal a life as possible in a pandemic with strict protocols in place to keep risk levels low. We are able to do that, because of our citizens and local businesses doing their part.

It is the protocols and face covering that will continue to keep your risk profile low. There is a good chance that you have crossed paths with someone with the virus ( Way too many cases in the Province to say that is not the case). It could have been anywhere (as you know some are positive without symptoms) but because of your adherence to the protocols, it has kept your risk low. It will be that one unlucky time that you let your guard down however.

You are doing great North Bay, but we do know that we are not theu this yet.......Right?

 

COVID-19 Update (156) We are now on Day 43 without a positive case

North Bay continues to be one of the lowest COVID-19 positive cases in the Province of Ontario

In the US, they are reporting over 51,000 new cases per day. Imagine just under the population of North Bay, everyday.

The compliance of face coverings in our city is outstanding. We would like to thank everyone for their co-operation, understanding and their caring nature.

Stay the Course, North Bay. You are doing well and keeping our risk profile low. Please support our local businesses, they are important to our community

 

COVID-19 Update (155) 42 days straight without positive case

North Bay was a leader among cities in shutting down all facilities, closing City Hall, parks, arenas, restricting access to water treatment and waste water plants early. I remember the critism from some saying the city was over reacting in early March. It has proven to be the right decision 155 days ago. Our citizens did their part since day 1, following the protocols very early on. This has proven to be the key as everyone adapted and accepted the restrictions right away, it didn't take long where other cities waited and the adjustment period for their citizens took longer to adapt.

Our success is because of the actions, dedication and leadership of our citizens and local businesses. Well done North Bay!

Public Health Ontario daily epidemiology data shows North Bay 3rd lowest in Province of Ontario. We have 27 cases per 100K. To put that in perspective, Ottawa has 254 cases per 100K, Toronto has 458 cases per 100K and Windsor has 565.9 cases per 100K.

We are not out of danger yet, it will be some time but people are adapting to the new normal.

The protocols are your BFF.

Stay the Course, North Bay.

 

COVID-19 Update (154) We know some are skirting the rules. North Bay included

Please be careful!

From Street parties in Vancouver to private indoor parties, are continuing to happen across the country and we would be naive to believe some of the activitiy is not happening here. My guess is no where near other cities but nevertheless it is happening.
If we are to progress as a city and keep our facilities and businesses open, is dependent on everyone doing their part. So far so good.

Our risk profile remains low because our citizens and businesses are doing their part but there is travel both from visitors arriving and our citizens visiting other centres. The protocols are what will keep you safe.

We are one of the lowest per capita for positive cases in Ontario, let's keep our record intact. I know how easy it is to let your guard down specifically after 154 days and our success. A spike will happen if we do let down.

Stay confident, stay safe and celebrate our community, there are so many that see us as a safe haven, a great place to live, play and work.

 

COVID-19 Update (153) Day 40 without a positive case. Be Proud North Bay

Globally, over 21,000,000 people have been infected with 762,262 deaths. The US have recorded 168,000 deaths while Brazil has more than 100,000 deaths.

North Bay citizens and businesses are doing their part to keep oir risk low. We do have many people from other centres here and to keep your risk profile low, please maintain the 6 feet rule, wear face coverings, practice good hygiene. They are your BFF.

Well done North Bay, enjoy the weather we are having
We live is a great city where people trult care for one another

 

COVID-19 Update (152) It is officially 39 days without a positive case in North Bay

North Bay is a great example for the Country. Well done!!!!!!

You are going to start to hear the term "slow burn" more often this fall by Canada health professionals. It simply means keeping case rates low and within the health care capacity to manage. In fact, health professionals believe we are in the trajectory now but it doesn't take much for cases to escalate.

Surges in Canada are expected over the next few months and we need to remain vigilant.

Canada has reported 121,234 cases with 9,015 deaths.

Meanwhile in Toronto 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a downtown strip club as an employee has tested positive. It is important that businesses keep contact tracing log so tracing can be done. We must not judge or stigmatize employees or customers of any business regardless of the business they are in. It is about doing the right thing and keeping everyone safe.

Enjoy Friday everyone. You are doing wonderful but we know we are not of this.......RIGHT?

The protocols are your BFF, stay safe!

 

COVID-19 Update (151). SPIKE in Huntsville. 11 cases confirmed at resort and restaurant. May be more

We are on day 38 without a positive case. That is good news for our community but doesn't make us safe. The protocols are our BFF. We must not fall into a sense of "we are safe" due to our success. While the cases in Huntsville are attributed to visitors, that alone puts people at higher risk.

Because people are travelling from other centres to North Bay, it is important more than ever to practice physical distancing and all protocols.

I would like to thank our citizens and local businesses that are following the face coverings mandate. It is heartwarming to see our citizens and businesses showing respect for their follow citizens ( it truly is a sign of respect).

Can you imagine living in a large city that has little room to move, confined spaces like elevators, cramped sidewalks, tiny condos and parks miles away? Cherish what we have.

Stay the course North Bay, stay upbeat and enjoy everything our city has to offer. Our sense of community is a bright light in this pandemic.

 

COVID-19 Update (150). Yes we are on Day 150 of this pandemic.

Today is another good day for our city. No new cases again. We are now on day 37 without a positive case.

In Canada, COVID-19 has claim over 9000 individuals. Total number of cases across the country is 120,784. About 85% of those have recovered. It is clear the virue is still circulating in our country.

Stay the course North Bay! The protocols are your BFF.

COVID-19 Update (149) 36 days and counting! Just Amazing North Bay.

Global cases hit 20 million. To put that into prospective, on June 28, (6 weeks ago) there were 10 million cases. Global cases doubled in 6 weeks. That is a significant sign that the virus is spreading quickly.

The US counts 5 million, 25% of global cases.

Our citizens and businesses are really showing leadership in keeping everyone risk profile low.

Please know it is not over, we must stay the course and stay vigilant. We are doing great but we all know that can change fast if we drop our guard.

Our local businesses need your support. Please shop local.

 

COVID-19 Update (148)........35 Days!
Thank you to all our frontline workers who have been there since Day 1 

North Bay now has gone 35 straight days without a positive case. Total of 23,517 have been taken since the start of the pandemic. We are testing higher than the Provincial average.

SUMMARY: Ontario breakdown of cases

Male: 18,720
Female: 21,144

Age category

19 & under: 2,413 cases
20-39: 12,372 cases
40-59 12,067 cases
60-79 7,157 cases
80 plus 6,048 cases

As you can see the age group ages 20 to 39 has the most cases.

Remember the the following the COVID-19 protocols is your BFF.

In our city, we are fortunate that we have been able to open up just about all our facilities for sometime because of the actions and dedication from our citizens and businesses. Your actions determine our fate.

We are still 3rd lowest in Province per 100K.

North Bay, you continue to show community spirit and hope

 

COVID-19 Update (147) We know even though are risk profile is low and we are doing great, it is NOT over, right?

Sudbury, just 85 minutes west, has seen a surge in last 2 weeks. That is not really that far from us. I ask our citizens to shop local to keep our risk profile low.

The US has the worst COVID-19 out break in the world with over 5 million cases. (Roughly 25% of the cases globally. They have seen an increase of more then 1 million infections in the past 2 weeks.

Meanwhile in Ontario has seen fewer than 100 cases in the past 7 days.

North Bay and area has seen just under 23K (22,964 to be exact) tests administered, above the Provincial average.

Our medical professionals have been there since day 1. The first few weeks, would have been difficult (and scary) for them and their families as they were on the front line with what unknown plan this pandemic was going to take and at what cost to life and suffering.

I started with, "we realize it is not over yet, right? " Please know that is so true and your best friend is all the protocols that are in place. One just has to look 85 minutes to the west. Please follow the protocols and support our local businesses to keep our risk profile low.

Enjoy Sunday everyone.

 

COVID-19 Update (146) North Bay is on Day 33 without a positive case.

Ontario records 70 cases today of which 13 are in Ottawa.

The US just passed 165, 000 deaths from COVID-19 and have total cases of 5,146,592

Stay the course North Bay! The protocols are your best friend. Our actions will determine our fate.

Our citizens and businesses are leaders in the Province.

 

COVID-19 Update (145) North Bay continues to shine but we know it is not over. 32 days without positive case

North Bay is 3rd lowest per capita for positive cases in the Province of Ontario.

Sudbury sees additional cases and postpones opening of many public facilities because of surge.

We are doing extremely well here in North Bay thanks to our citizens and local businesses doing their part to keep our risk profile low. We know though it is not over by any stretch.

Stay the Course North Bay!

 

COVID-19 Update (144) Day 31 without a positive case. While our risk profile is low, we do know as citizens of North Bay, this is not over

North Bay you continue to inspire. Your hard work, dedication and leadership on keeping our risk profile, allows our community to enjoy our beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, arena, splash pad, boat launches, local restaurants and visiting our seniors. Families and individuals getting some normancy back because of all the hard work. Without your co-operation this would not be possible. Please consider this if you are thinking of letting your guard down, as all of this could stop like other centres around the world. Your actions determine our fate.

Ontario reports 89 cases today, 76 yesterday. 2 days in a row below 100. Majority of new cases are being reported in Windsor, Ottawa, Peel and Toronto. Sudbury recently has 22 new cases in 10 days. So this confirms and tells us, it is all around us amd more than likely driving thru. That is why following all the protocols is so important.

Stay the course North Bay, you are doing excellent but it is not over as we all know.

 

COVID-19 Update (143) Congratulations North Bay, this is a milestone worth celebrating! 30 days without a positive test

We are a proud city that believes in partnerships and working together to find solutions. Today marks 30 days without a positive test thanks to our citizens and businesses that truly display our quest to keep everyone safe.

Our city is a leader in the Province. Not only are we one of the lowest cases per capita in Ontario but just about every public facility is now open to the public including City Hall, Memorial Gardens, Splash Pad, Sports Fields, Parks, Playground Equipment, beaches and trails. Very few cities can say the same. This is truly a great partnership with council, city staff, community partners, citizens and businesses alike.

Celebrate today as it is quite an accomplishment. We are all proud of our city

 

COVID-19 Update (142) 29 Days straight without a positive case in North Bay. (22,194 tests). Our citizens know we are doing well but also understand this is not over

NORTH BAY: Well done North Bay! No cases in our city. 29 days and counting (Yes we are counting)

NORTHERN ONTARIO: There are 28 known active cases.

SUDBURY: The city 75 minutes to the west of us, has 21 of the 28 active cases in Northern Ontario

HISTORY: Canada's first confirmed case was January 25th. As of today, more than 116,000 Canadians have been inflected and almost 9000 have died. In early July, the national seven day average of New daily cases had dropped down to 273 (May 1-7 there was an average of 1,800). Having said that, July 21 to 28 saw an increase of daily new inflections of 471.

Some medical professionals are starting to say we are in the early stages of the 2nd wave.

THOUGHTS: We believe our citizens understand the importance of protocols, wearing face coverings. We also believe there is pandemic fatigue out there but to date, credit our population for not to letting their guard down. We have successfully opened up most public facilities including beaches, splash pad, playgrounds, sports fields and parks, City Hall and just today Memorial Gardens (btw is 95% booked for ice despite comphensive restrictions in place).

MOVING FORWARD: Our citizens fully understand our risk profile is low, that we are doing well but we fully understand this is not over by any shot. Please do not let our success be our enemy. Australia is being hit again and the US is seeing high level of cases still.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES: No need to travel to other cities to shop and put yourself and our community at risk. Our local businesses need your support

Stay the course North Bay, hopefully tomorrow at 3pm, we can announce a full 30 days without a positive case!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COVID-19 (141) It has been 6 months and 4 days since the WHO (World Health Organization) declared PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern). So where are we?

WHO: continues to access the global risk level to be very high. In 6 months, the global death count is above 680,000 and 17.6 million infected. A panel of 17 members and 12 advisors agree that COVID-19 is still constituted as a PHEIC.

The panel also highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of COVID-19 and warned of the risk of "Response Fatigue". Further the panel urged WHO, to support countries in preparation of proven therapeutics and vaccines, improved understanding of the epidemiology, severity and long term health effects.

WHO Chief Tederos Ghebreyesus stated that the pandemic will be long lasting (I know you didn't want to hear that part).

MISINFORMATION: Closer to home in Canada, McGill and Carleton University researchers are concerned about misinformation spreading at an alarming rate across the country. They warned the misinformation shared online may lead to devastating consequences and can push Canadians to shun safety measures.

Aengus Bridgeman at McGill states people should be enormously concerned about misinformation. A study published at Carleton University indicated 46% of Canadians believed in at least 1 of 4 conspiracies " virus engineered in a Chinese lab, virus is being spread to cover up the effects of 5G, drugs such as hrdroxychloroquine is a cure and rinsing your nose with a saline solution will protect you"

IN QUEBEC: there is a Facebook group called " Against mandatory mask wearing in Quebec" has over 22,000 followers and a similar group with the same mission has over 20,000 members. Posts on these sites even state Bill Gates created the virus.

NORTH BAY: So please get your information from credible sources. I see posts all the time, stating misinformation and quoting unreliable sources. We continue to stay the course. The vast majority of our citizens are not falling for the conspiracies but we do have a small percentage that does.

Don't be fooled by our low numbers, the virus can be with the next person you meet or speak with. To keep your risk profile low, follow all the protocols.

Keep up the great work North Bay, our turn at a surge is just a few people letting their guard down.

 

COVID-19 Update (140) 21,164 tests todate and 27 straight days without a positive case announced.No unresolved cases.

Long weekends in the summer here in our city are for family, relaxation and enjoying the beautiful environment that we have (yes even with a little rain). While the pandemic has changed our lives considerably, we as northeners adapt and adjust well. It is in our DNA. Our community spirit is one of looking after everyone. Please follow the protocols but also take some downtime to recharge.

Ottawa has announced 16 new cases today (3 & 1/2 hours from us). Their trend of daily double digit new cases started on July 18th.

This can be us if it wasn't for how much our citizens and local businesses have been doing to keep our risk profile low.

Stay the course North Bay, 6 feet is you best friend.

 

COVID-19 Update (139) 26 days straight without a recorded positive case.

Today is a Positive day(pun intended)
in the sense, we have no positive recorded cases.

Today is about enjoying the long weekend, the nice weather, family and a community that cares for one another.

Stay safe out there today, stay the course and remember 6 feet is a key important way to protect to
yourself.

Enjoy the day North Bay.

 

COVID-19 Update (138) North Bay records 25th straight day without Positive Case. Sudbury postpones opening of many municipal facilities including arena due to surge.

Well done North Bay, even with the virus surging as close as Sudbury, you are staying the course. The protocols and our actions determine our fate. Our city is a great example of everyone working together.

Memorial Gardens will open Tuesday August 4th to user groups with strict guidelines to protect users. Players will have to arrive dressed and are allowed to put their skates on inside but must immediately leave the Gardens when the practice is over.

North Bay outdoor fields are continuing to be used with strict guidelines.

Sudbury case surge causes postponement of openings of many of their municipal facilities including countryside arena and other facilities for another 2 weeks.

Ontario reports 134 cases today with the majority (26) in Ottawa.

With surges all around us, we ask that you continue more than ever to support our local businesses. They need our support.

Thanks again everyone, we are a proud city.

 

COVID-19 Update (137) North Bay continues to keep our risk profile low but we are not out of the woods, let alone the whole forest.

Day 24 without a positive case- great news on a local perspective but with Sudbury seeing a surge, a little too close for comfort for me.

I will ask again, we truly "really really really" need all of us to follow the protocols every minute you are around anyone outside your bubble.

A recent survey with Healthcare and epidemiologists professionals in Quebec believe the second wave may already be underway. Based on 170 medical doctors, epidemiologists, public health experts opinions, indicated 66% of them believe that it is very likely and 24% believe somewhat likely regarding a second wave . They also believe that Quebec will again fare worse than the rest of the country.

The virus is all around us and more than likely driving thru our city. Our actions will determine our fate. Please be responsible out there.

 

COVID-19 Update (SPECIAL ALERT)

Sudbury is announcing 10 new cases today. Sudbury has seen 22 new cases in past 10 days. 8 of these cases, are with no known exposure. This means community transmission.

I will do my usual update after 3pm but this update could not wait. Our citizens need to stay informed and up to date in real time.

North Bay has seen 23 days without a positive case. Our actions determine our fate.

Hint: Shop local!

Please, please follow the protocols as this surge is 75 minutes away.

COVID-19 Update (136) Ontario reports just 76 cases today, lowest since March 22nd. Great news.

Ottawa records another 13 cases, bringing their total of active cases to 251.

North Bay hits 23 days straight without a positive case. No active cases in North Bay.

Stage 3 is working extremely well here thanks to local businesses and citizens doing their part keeping everyone safe

North Bay continue to be PROUD. You are rocking it!!!!!

 

COVID-19 Update (135) Canada's Covid 19 curve in upward direction. Cases daily average now 496

This is worrisome sign according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam.

Sudbury reporting an increase of 8 cases today alone. The upward trend still seems to be the under 40 age group. In Sudbury's case, 7 of 8 are 19 or younger and the 8th case is under 40 years old. We are hearing more and more about the trend increasing in the under 40 category

North Bay continues to be a bright spot. No new cases reported now for 22 days straight. We continue to be the 3rd lowest cases per capita in Ontario. To put this in perspective, we average 27 cases per 100K. Toronto on the other hand has 452 cases per 100K and Windsor has 525.6 cases per 100K.

Well we may celebrate this milestone now, please know with the trends we are seeing Globally, Nationally and Provincial puts us in harms way if we don't stay the course. Staying the course means following all the protocols regardless if you believe you are safe.

Our local businesses need to remain open to survive and this is really up to our actions. Please keep the owners and employees in mind as they are depending on you to stay opened and employed.

Our frontline qorkers have stood with us now for 135 days straight since the start and they deserve our accolades and appreciation.

I am hopeful we can celebrate in 8 days time, to be able to tell the world, we have gone 30 days without a positive case.

Fingers/toes crossed and face covering on!

 

COVID-19 Update (134) World Health Organization warns COVID-19 continues to accelerate globally

COVID-19 is the 6th time a global public health emergency has been called under the international health regulations but easily the most serious according to WHO.

In the past 6 weeks, cases have roughly doubled globally.

North Bay continues to shine. We are now on day 21 (3 full weeks) without a positive case. We need everyone not to let COVID-19 fatigue set in. We have come too far.

The virus is accelerating around the world and we are seeing higher cases and surges in other parts of the Province and country. To not believe you are safe out there. The best way to keep your risk profile low and protect our community is to follow all the protocols and wearing a face covering to help protect others.

Stay the course North Bay, you are leading the way.

 

COVID-19 Update (133) The globe registers 16 million cases, 4 days having hitting 15 million........4 days!!!!, let that sink in for a moment

The US has seen over 1000 COVID-19 deaths, 4 days in a row last week.

The City of Ottawa has 2389 cases and for the past 7 days, has double digit daily increases. Toronto and Windsor are hot spots.

These 2 paragraphs alone is the reason to continue to follow all the protocols to keep our risk low. There is no doubt we have visitors from these areas traveling thru and our citizens have traveled these as well.

In North Bay, we are on day 20 without a positive case.That is great news and credit to our community citizens for doing their part. There is pandemic fatigue but we don't want to start over.

With all the protocols, please remember face coverings are mandatory. There will be a very small number that can't a face covering for medical reasons but that is a very low number. Please refrain from shaming these individuals.

Keep up the great work North Bay, the virus is literally all around us and more than likely driving through our city. Your only protection and our community's health is the protocols and how well we follow and encourage others to do so.

 

COVID-19 Update (132) Resist the temptation to giving in to pandemic fatigue

CANADA: Daily cases across Canada are trending upward for 7 days now. The increase or higher percentage is being seen in the younger generation.

NORTH BAY: 19 straight days without a positive case here in our city. Our citizens and businesses are doing their part. Our actions determine our fate and so far you are smashing it.

Enjoy the great weather this weekend and please don't feel safe, stay the course and don't let our low risk fool you. We do have many traveling to our city as well as citizens traveling outside our city.

COVID-19 Update (131) Ontario posts highest daily cases since June 29th (195 cases). Majority under 40 years old.

NORTH BAY: Looking Good! No new cases for 18 days straight. All cases resolved. Our community is leading the way.

Face covers are mandatory in the City of North Bay in all public spaces, businesses and public transportation. Please follow all the protocols, as you can see, it is not safe out there. We do have travelers and people visiting our city and citizens from these hotspots.

ONTARIO : 195 positive cases today. — the majority (66%) are under the age of 40 years. Hotspots:
Windsor- 57
Toronto-31
Ottawa-27
Peel-18

Covid-19 Update (130) Yes Day 130............................

Well North Bay, you continue to break the record. We are now 17 straight days without a positive cases. All cases in North Bay are resolved.

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN: Lets have some fun with this however. I believe there are so many creative people out there. I saw this face covering that our very own Melanie Simms was rocking. It is fashionable!!!!!!!!!! Please post a pic with your face covering in the comment section. It would be great if Creative Industries, local businesses, local media would have a contest to who the most fashionable/creative/funky/sporty face covering. Karen Matthews you can start!!!!!!!!

FACE COVERINGS: Become Mandatory in North Bay, tomorrow Friday July 24th. We are asking for your support and kindness to our community to show your support for others by wearing one.

ONTARIO STATS: No new deaths since yesterday. The total stands at 2,755.
COVID-19 hospitalizations up 20 per cent, with 154 patients in hospital (up from 128 people on Wednesday).
Of those hospitalized, 35 are in intensive care and 21 are on ventilators.
Ontario’s total case count is now 38,210, with 1,492 of those active and 33,963 now resolved.

 

COVID-19 Update (129) 16 days straight without a positive test and all cases resolved.

North Bay be Proud!

Today is dedicated to every citizen that did their part to keep our city safe and one of the lowest per capita.

I will start today though, to remind everyone we are concerned about a 2nd wave in the fall. We still have a ways to go.

A friendly reminder, face coverings become mandatory on Friday. I am seeing more and more individuals wearing face coverings.Thank you!

COVID-19 Update (128) Canada's daily average positive cases spike to 460 from the 300 daily range

While Canada spikes, North Bay recorded a 15th straight day without a positive case. Currently all cases in the city are resolved.

Canada's spike shows how fragile we are in the fight to keep people safe. Scientists are concerned about the younger generation having higher rates.

For North Bay to continue to be successful, we must stay vigilant and dedicated to following all the protocols. The virus is all around us and to let our guard down now, will put us at risk like the cities that are seeing the spike.

Well done North Bay, you are one of the leaders in the Province

COVID -19 Update: (127) North Bay you have a New Record....14 days without a positive test.

All cases resolved in North Bay. An additional 593 tests were returned negative since Friday.

In Ottawa, they saw 20 new cases today, 16 on Sunday and 19 on Saturday. 55% of their new cases were aged 39 or younger.

Our risk profile is low because of your actions and dedication to following the protocols. Thank you for doing your part.

Face coverings are recommended and encouraged. As of this Friday, face coverings will be mandatory. We ask you respectfully, to support and wear a face covering as per the NB Health Unit's directive.

 

COVID-19 (126) Global deaths pass 602,000

US tops the list at 140,000. Brazil is next at 78,000, UK at 45,000 and Mexico rates 4th at 38,000 deaths.

World wide infection now passing 14.2 million

Scientists are concerned about the increase rate of postive tests among the under 20 age group and the 20-29 age group. While it is impossible to attribute the exact reasons, the main thought is lockdown fatigue,
increased testing or a feeling of invincibility.

While here in North Bay, our numbers have stayed constant at 37 cases with 36 resolved.

While we know there are strong feelings among Canadians about mandatory face coverings, we ask for your co-operation here in our city. Our medical officer of health has mandated this and I fully support his decision. Please consider it a sign of respect to our community members by wearing one.

Our city has been a leader in keeping our risk profile low. Now is not the time to let your guard down. Until there is a vaccine, there is risk for everyone. Please don't take our low numbers as a sign that it is safe, it isn't.

We are 127 days in, I don't know about you but I sure don't want to start over.

 

COVID-19 Update (125) We have equaled our longest streak of 12 days without a positive case. Currently there are no unresolved cases in the City

Ontario saw its highest number of daily (170) positive cases since July 9th. The highest concentration of cases is still Toronto and Windsor.

The Canadian Government has ordered 75 million syringes to inoculate Canadians as soon as a vaccine is ready. (2 doses per CDN).

Locally, we are doing outstanding thanks to the efforts of our citizens and local businesses.

We ask you to stay the course. We are seeing spikes in other cities across Canada, so the risk is real, even here with no cases. We have many traveling through our city at anyone time. Please follow the protocols and wear a face covering.

City Transit will offer free face coverings to transit users that purchase monthly passes.

Many local merchants and individuals have face coverings for sale.

City Hall open their doors on Thursday. A face covering is mandatory for those that enter.

 

COVID-19 Update (124) Smashing It North Bay!

Our streak has hit 11 days without a positive test. We have gotten to 12 days twice. I hope this doesn't jinx us, but I believe we will get our new record this week. 17,754 tests completed.

We have no unresolved cases in our city.

Today is the 1st time, global cases surge 1 million cases in 100 Hours.

Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan record spikes.

US has highest one day spike, over 77,200 new cases.

This is why it is so important to follow all the protocols and to wear a face covering.

Mandatory face coverings start Friday July 24th. The North Bay Health Unit has released the details here:
https://www.myhealthunit.ca/…/facial-coverings-non-medical-…

Stay the Course North Bay, you should be proud.

 

COVID-19 Update (123) Keep it up North Bay. No new Positive cases and all cases resolved

We are on Day 10 of no positive cases. Our record is 12 (twice). In total we had 17,420 tests of which 37 were positive, 36 resolved and unfortunately one has passed away.

In Ontario, there were 111 new cases, concentrated primarily in Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa. There are 1,365 active cases Province wide.

Face coverings in North Bay will be mandatory on Friday July 24th. More details tomorrow from the North Bay Health Unit.

Please consider wearing a face covering now. Unfortunately we are seeing a scam where some are selling Fake exemption cards for face coverings. Please don't be one of those to use this card. Only in rare circumstances do people not need to wear one for medical reasons. We ask you respectfully to wear a face covering to protect our community and front line workers.

The virus is all.around us, so please do not let your guard down. There are many driving through and visiting our area from centres with high cases. Your best protection is to follow all the protocols and to wear a face covering.

Stay safe everyone, we want everyone to get thru this

 

COVID-19 Update (122) Day 9 of no positive tests. Our longest streak is 12 days (twice) No unresolved cases in our city

Ontario reporting lowest number of new cases in 16 weeks. Total of 102 new cases, mostly Toronto, York and Windsor.

Face coverings to be mandatory in North Bay July 24th. We will have more details of the North Bay Health Unit this Friday.

We encourage you to wear a face covering.

 

COVID-19 Update (121) Good News. All cases Resolved

17,012 test, 37 positive of which 36 are resolved. Unfortunately we did have one pass away.

Our goal of keeping everyone safe, containing the spread of COVID-19, reduce Hospitalization, protect our front line workers and families, would not be possible without community buy in, support and co-operation. You really have smash it North Bay!

We are proud to be one of the lowest positive case ratios per capita in Ontario

COVID-19 can spread quickly and impact so many in a very short amount of time. That is why you can not let your guard down. Here is an example why you must stay vigilant.........

A couple from Florida (68 and 70 year old) flaunted the rules and did not isolate when they travelled from Florida to North Bay. That's right North Bay (East Ferris to be exact). These 2 raised our risk profile tremendously. Florida would be ranked 4 highest case loads in the world if they were a country. That is a good enough reason right there to follow all the protocols.

We do have Americans living in our city, so please do not be rude to anyone that has US plates, they are part of our community. They have been working here for 65 years as part of their jobs. Their stay is anywhere from 2 to 4 years. Please be kind, they are not visitors but law abiding community members that contribute to the well being of our city and country.

The North Bay Health Unit has mandated the mandatory use of face coverings starting Friday July 24. The details will be released this Friday. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to wear a face covering now. This has been a hit button issue locally and around North America. I do know there is opposition to this but we must follow the guidelines set out by our medical professionals.

I ask everyone to comply with this order of the mandatory use of face coverings. Your co-operation will help add another layer of protection to reducing our risk profile. Again you can be mad at us, but this is the right step forward. More on this to follow.

 

COVID-19 Update (120) 7 days clear

After 120 days and 16,683 tests.......... 37 positive tests, 34 resolved, 0 Hospitalized, 2 self isolating and unfortunately one has passed away to date. We are now 7 days in a row without a positive test. Our record is 12 days (twice)

We continue to strongly encourage everyone to follow all the protocols and wear a face covering.

STAGE 3

The Province has entered into stage 3 ( well most of Province). We thank the Province for having confidence in us.
Here are some of my thoughts on this:

GOOD NEWS:

North Bay has been a leader in having one of the lowest positive cases per capita in the Province. Moving into Stage 3 is a reminder of the great job that we've done as a community in following all the COVID-19 protocols and preventing the spread of the virus. Our number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic was the safety of our citizens since March 5th. This is good news for our local businesses and organizations. COVID-19 protocols will continue to be in place and we will continue to monitor, promote and keep our citizens informed moving forward.

BIGGEST CONCERN:

My biggest concern is people letting their guard down, believing it is safe to do so because of our low numbers and believing stage 3 is safer than stage 2, which is not the case. With stage 3, it is more important than ever, to follow all the protocols. I do have confidence and trust in our citizens and local businesses to do the right thing to keep everyone safe. They have been doing this since day 1. However, any mistakes will have a higher probability of spikes. We will continue to strongly encourage everyone to practice all the protocols and to wear a face covering.

LOCAL BUSINESSES and ECONOMY:

This is good news for businesses that have been waiting to reopen. We know that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many of our local businesses. The sooner they are able to safely open, the sooner they can start to rebuild and recover. I believe this news will be welcomed by local businesses, organizations and citizens alike.

OUR COMMUNITY:

Our citizens love to support our local businesses and organizations. Stage 3 gives families an opportunity to demonstrate that they will continue observe the protocols, support local businesses and organizations, strengthen their mental health, lead an active healthy lifestyle and make life seem a little more normal than the past 117 days.

MOVING FORWARD:

We will continue to work closely with the North Bay Health Unit and our medical professionals. We will continue to keep our citizens informed, educated and supported to the best of our abilities.

WELL DONE NORTH BAY.

No explanation needed here, you have crushed it.

 

COVID-19 Update (119) WHO reports highest daily increase is cases in 24 hour period, 230,370

World Health Organization states the spike is due to large cases in US, Brazil, India and South Africa. Global cases now approaching 13 million worldwide. Global death toll more than 565,000.

North Bay streak of positive free stands at 6 days. Our record is 12 days (twice). Is this the streak that will break our record (fingers crossed, toes too). We have 2 unresolved cases both self isolating.

We may hear the details of stage 3 tomorrow when the Premier makes his announcement. I will post details tomorrow just in case you miss them and what it means for North Bay.

We continue to work closely with our health care professionals. North Bay continues to be a bright light Provincial thanks to how serious our citizens and businesses have taken this. While we do hear of some concerns of people letting their guards down and not following the protocols, by in large, most are. Every city has a few that flaunt or advocate for the opposite of the advice from our professionals.

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Looks like the heat wave broke tonight, so it will be easier to sleep tonight.

Monday bring more news, stay tuned and stay safe everyone

 

COVID-19 Update (118) 5 days Postive Free

FACT: Until there is a vaccine, you are at risk.

Please remember this everytime you venture out.

The protocols are in place to help you keep your risk profile low. We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering and to follow all the protocols to keep our community safe.

North Bay, you are doing well. Yes we are not perfect but no one is. Let's be kind out there and show respect.

Stay the course and stay safe everyone. We want everyone to get through this until there is a vacine.

 

COVID-19 Update (117) 4 Days Positive Free. (as of 3:15pm)

OK North Bay, back on track. Well done.

STATS: 16, 214 tests of which 37 were positive, 34 Resolved, 0 Hospitalized, 2 self isolating & unfortunately 1 has passed away.

FACT: Even though we have a low risk profile, doesn't mean we are safe or immune from what is happening around us.

ASK: Please stay the course, follow the protocols, wear a face covering if you are able to. Our frontline workers deserve our respect and support by following the rules to keep them and their families safe.

MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS: (Source NB Health Unit)
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8degreesCelsius or higher)
chills
cough that's new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
sore throat
difficulty swallowing
runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
lost sense of taste or smell
pink eye (conjunctivitis)
headache that’s unusual or long lasting
digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
muscle aches
extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
falling down often
for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite
Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death.

COVID-19 Update (116) Be Kind

3 days without a positive case (as of 4pm).

Only 2 cases are unresolved in our area and no Hospitalized. Both are self isolating.

We are in a marathon not a sprint with this pandemic. Please don't believe everything on the internet or social media.

We trust our medical professionals and will continue to work with them and follow their recommendations. While we respect the different view points, our lead are the medical professionals.

Please follow and practice all the protocols.

We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering if you are able to do so.

FACT: Just because you are wearing a face covering doesn't mean you don't have to physical distance and follow all the protocols. The face coverings are another practice to lower your risk. You do not substitute one for the other. You do all. They seems to be confusion out there on wearing face coverings and physical distancing. So if you hear someone say otherwise, this is simply is not true.

OUR ASK: On your social media platforms, post and ask your friends if they would for the greater good of the community, wear a face covering. I know I will get a lot of comments both for and against face coverings with this post. So if you support face coverings, before you comment below, saying it should be mandatory, ask yourself.....have you have asked your friends this...... If you haven't, then please post below your reasons for not asking them publicly yet asking for mandatory?

We will get quicker response and overall compliance if we encourage and ask our friends to wear a face covering when they are out. I know this sounds counter-intuitive.

BE KIND: We are all in this together.

 

COVID-19 Update (115) 58 percent of Canadians are personally afraid of contacting COVID-19

My question is why isn't this far higher! We need to be concerned.

In North Bay (as of 530pm) we have gone 48 hours without a positive case with 15, 671 tests so far. 33 resolved, 0 Hospitalized and unfortunately one as passed a way. Leaving 3 in self isolation.

We encourage everyone to wear a face covering and follow all the protocols.

I spoke with one person today and the man told me I was wrong about face coveringsand physicaldistancin. He said quote "If you are wearing a face covering, you don't need to physical distance because the face covering keeps you safe and physical distancing is not required" . WRONG! Unfortunately it shows we need to keep educating as there is confusion out there.

Stay the course, follow all the protocols and wear a face covering if you are able.

 

COVID-19 Update (114) We just got thru 24 hours without a positive test

After 15,351 tests, we have had 37 positive cases of which 33 are resolved, 0 Hospitalized and unfortunately one has passed away.

There are so many different opinions and beliefs out there regarding COVID-19. We live in a country where we respect different opinions but we need to trust our medical professionals advice on the steps we are taking together. Everything you read or see on the internet or social media does not mean it is true or accurate.

North Bay, you have done well and we need to recognize and appreciate everyone's efforts, Medical Professionals, Frontline Workers, our Citizens, our local businesses, Community partners, City Council, City Staff, Provincial and Federal governments. Everyone is truly pulling in the same direction.

Day 1 of our new streak. Our actions determine our fate, please choose wisely. If you can wear a face covering, please do so.

Biggest point here: Just because you are wearing a face covering doesn't mean you don't have to follow the protocols nor does it mean you are safe. Only following all the protocols keeps your risk low.

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COVID-19 Update (113) 2 new positive cases today, both in Parry Sound district. Last week, 3 additional cases in Parry Sound district

This brings our total to 37 as a district. (24 in the Nipissing district. There are 13 in the Parry Sound district which include 5 of the last 6 positive cases in last 3 days).

Everyone is seeing the photos of packed beaches around the country on social media. Most are legitimate but some are old photos. Please don't believe everything you see on the internet.

Locally, in North Bay, we are doing well, our citizens have taken this seriously. We need you to stay the course.

I know this sounds like a broken record but I need to repeat.......follow the protocols to keep your risk low. The physical distancing rule is one of your best protections. If you can, wear a face covering but this does not substitute the 6 foot rule, good hygiene, staying home if not well. We do recognize there are individuals that can't wear face coverings due to medical conditions.

I would like to thank Chris Dawson Mike Monaghan Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles for their follow up stories to get our message out there and Mike for having me on MOOSEFM 3 times every week to keep evwryone up to date.

Please be kind out there. We want everyone to feel safe.

 

COVID-19 Update (112) A look around the globe

WHO (World Health Organization) reports a record 212, 326 new positive cases in 24 hour yesterday with Brazil, US and India reporting the most cases.

The US reports a daily record of 57,718 yesterday. All time high.

Florida reports positive tests rate of 14.1%, Texas reports 13.1 %.

Closer to home, Ontario has 138 new cases, concentrated mostly in Toronto, Peel and Windsor.

At home, after 14,692 tests, there are 35 positive cases confirmed. (None today as of 12:15pm). Our percentage of postive test rates per tests are an extremely low percentage rate.

Given what is happening around the world, re-enforces the fact we need everyone to stay the course, practice all protocols and wear a face covering if you are able to. There is no question our citizens have taken this seriously but we do recognize we are letting our guard down more than we would like to see. Friday was a wake up call with 4 positive cases in our district ( in fairness to North Bay, 3 were in Parry Sound area).

We ask that you be kind out there, as there are individuals for health reasons can't wear a face covering. We ask our local businesses to continue to lead the way to protect their employees and customers as they have demonstrated in the past 112 days. We ask you to continue to support our local businesses as they need you more than ever. We also ask you to continue to do your part to keep our families safe.

We ask you to never stop saying thank you to our frontline workers who continue to be there for us. Without their leadership and dedication, we would not be safe.

 

COVID-19 Update (111) North Bay District testing above Ontario Average by 1000 per 100K. That is impressive

Our district is outpacing the Provincial average in testing by more than 1000 per 100K. The demand for testing has increased dramatically, so please be patient with our front line workers at the Assessment Centre. Dr Cowan and his team are working hard to help everyone get tested asap.

Yesterday was not a good day for the district, with 4 new cases, however 3 of the 4 were in the Parry Sound area. North Bay continues to do well but it is a wake up call for us..

We encourage you to reduce your risk by following all the protocols and wearing a face covering if you are able.

Please keep in mind, there are individuals that have health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings, so please be kind. Again if you are able, we highly recommend that you wear a face covering when out in the community.

Yesterday was not a good day for us, with 4 new cases in the district. However 3 of the 4 were in the Parry Sound area.

Here is a breakdown of the Ontario positive cases
Female: 19,029
Male: 16,346
19 & under 1,752
20-39 10,422
40-59 10,831
60-79 6,733
80 + 5910

Stay the course North Bay.

 

COVID-19 Update (110) Wake Up Call!

Today for 4 new cases in our district (3 are in Parry Sound area). Highest 1 day jump in our district.

Will this lead to more............ yes.

Just when you thought it was safe. Reality hits hard.

We are letting our guard down, everyone see its.

We encourage strongly again, please follow the protocols, physical distancing, good hygiene, wear a face covering if you are able.................

Your Bubble of 10 can't be different people on different days. Defeats the whole purpose.

We were doing extremely well but today shows just at how much risk we are.

We will see more guaranteed , please don't be one of them.

On testing we are above the Ontario average by 1,019 test per 100K.

Let get back on track North Bay, our front lines workers and our families are depending you.

 

COVID-19 Update (109) US records 50,700 new cases, a new daily record

South Africa hits New daily record.

In North Bay, we continue to have the 2nd lowest positive cases in the Province of Ontario

After 14,195 tests, we are on Day 3 of no positive tests. We have twice gone 12 days without positive tests.

Our actions determine our fate and following the protocols is the best way to keep your risk low. We are seeing individuals letting their guards down. Please don't, we are seeing spikes in other jurisdictions of 25 or more from one incident.

We are getting questions about masks. We need to change the word "Mask" to "face covering". Masks are typically items that are regulated such as medical masks, occupational masks. Face coverings is what you are seeing generally out in the public.

We do encourge citizens (that are able) to wear face coverings when out in the public. Wearing a face covering does not replace following the COVID-19 protocols however. The protocols must be followed as before regardless of wearing a face covering or not.

Currently, the North Bay health unit is not recommending the mandatory wearing of face coverings at this time. They do encourage those that can wear a face covering to do so.

 

COVID-19 Update (108) Virtual Canada Day

Our largest Canadian holiday celebration under a pandemic is a safe virtual celebration. These are extraordinary times and we realize people are getting tired and fatigued. They want activities, sports, concerts, get togethers, children activities and normalcy. We are hearing more and more about mental health. We get it.

We also fully understand that people will be put at risk if things open up too quickly, people stop following the protocols, let their guard down or plain just ignore advice.

As I have said before, it is ok to be mad at us or disagree with us. We need as leaders, to communicate and keep measures in place to keep our families safe and the risk low. Please consider the next paragraph however.

Next paragraph!

The US opened up and loosened up their restrictions. They are the same restrictions some here in our city want us to lift. Here is what happened.

FACT: New cases are up 80% in past 2 weeks
FACT: 47,000 new cases yesterday alone
FACT: 4 times in week, hit all time high positive cases.

It is true, that the US has 10 times our population but it does put into perspective what can happen. BTW, other countries like Brazil are almost as bad.

I have received the calls about playground equipment, arenas, parks and just about everything else. It is not easy saying no, in fact it is very difficult. Also it is confusing out there as to what is allowed and what is not. Masks are a common theme for an example.

We need to stay the course. We are not sure when or if stage 3 will be announced. With every announcement, we need to look at it closely as to how it affects us locally. So far, everything is well thought out. We need to be informed and educated every step of the way.

We are still the 2nd lowest in the Province and we are on day 2 of no positive cases. Our record is 12 days (twice). Can we make it 3 times?

 

COVID-19 Update (107) We must stay focused

Tomorrow is Canada Day, a day to reflect. We live in a great country.

Please stay focused and stay the course. We are not out of the woods. Just look south of the border. Cases are raising fast. Kingston, Windsor and Toronto are hot spots lately.

We are back to Day 1 without a positive case. Our record is 12 (twice).

COVID-19 Update (106) Set back!

Unfortunately we had a positive test. We were entering our 13th day without any positive tests and unfortunately that changed today. Our total is 31. We are still 2nd lowest on Ontario.

In Kingston, the positive cases from the salon now have reached 25 ( 6 staff, 6 clients, and the rest close contacts).

Windsor became the Hotspot in Ontario.

Of the 257 Positive cases in Ontario on Sunday, 182 of them were in the age group of 20-39 and 48 were in the age group 40 to 59.

We ask everyone to please redouble your attention to following the protocols. If Sunday is a trend, it looks like a younger demographics is leading the way.

I know it is tough and long. It does feels safe here because of our low numbers but there is extensive travelling going on and that outs our community at risk. (Both our citizens travelling to other centres and visitors travelling here).

Stay safe everyone

 

COVID-19 Update (105) Global cases pass 10 million

This is a clear case that the virus is not under any kind of control globally.

In North Bay, today we equaled (as of 12:45 pm) a record of 12 days straight without a positive cases. This is our 2nd time achieving this.

We still rank 2nd lowest in positive cases per capita( 21.6 per 100K) in Ontario.

In Calgary, one high rise apartment building recorded 40 positive cases this week.

Please stay informed, educated and follow all the protocols. I have given examples in the past 3 days of clusters of cases based on travel, family birthdays and now an apartment building. Your risk elevates when you let your guard down or when you believe you are safe.

Enjoy today, the weather is wonderful. Stay safe everyone and thank you for all you are doing to keep our community one of the safest places in the Province

 

COVID-19 Update (104) Ontario reports 160 new cases today

Ontario total cases stand at 34,476 with 29,932 cases resolved.

The US hit another daily record for positive cases at 45,255. Just staggering.

In North Bay we stand at 30 positive cases of which 29 are resolved and unfortunately 1 has passed away.

North Bay region is still 2nd lowest per capita for positive cases in Ontario with Algoma slightly below. Toronto region is the highest.

12,448 tests so far over the 104 days with 12,418 were negative. We are testing far higher than the Provincial average.

We stand at 11 straight days without a positive test. Our record is 12 days. Each time I post this stat I hope I don't jinx us.

We recognize this has been a total community effort to remain this low, with the virus far higher all around us both north and south, east and west. That is quite an feat. This speaks to everyone's dedication, leadership and taking it seriously from day 1 to day 104.

Having said that, it is a marathon that we must keep in mind. Until they find a vacine, we must stay the course and follow all the protocols.

Enjoy today. We appreciate and thank our frontline workers on the job today and everyday. Your unwavering support of our community is truly special.

 

SPECIAL COVID-19 UPDATE

Everyone.

There are leaders in the shadows that are making an incredible difference in our lives in this pandemic, that quietly go about their jobs. Here is one of our great leaders on the frontline. Dr Ian Cowan, the medical lead of our Assessment Centre. He and his team have been working non stop since the pandemic hit. The demand on their time, energy and dedication is unparalleled. The amount of testing locally is far above the Provincial average and his team are working 7 days a week to serve our community. Let's give Dr Cowan and his team some love, respect and thanks. Please be generous and send him and his team a kind note of appreciation. I seldom ask for a share, but this is a time that we need to.

 

COVID-19 Update (103) CAUTION. (Kingston spikes 16 in last 48 hours)

North Bay, we are at risk if we are not 100% dedicated to following the protocols. We are still 2nd lowest in Ontario in positive cases per capita. We need to keep the following in mind however:

Kingston entered stage 2 at a higher rate of positive cases compared to us but still low compared with other areas of the Province ( Kingston 33.8 to North Bay's 21.6 per 100K) but on Thursday, Kingston saw a spike of 16 positive cases related to a single business that opened under stage 2 (salon-spa).

Hopefully this hits home for all of us. This can easily be North Bay. Your continued dedication to following the protocols will determine our fate. So far so good.

Florida hits record positive cases in one day at slightly less then 9000, a 80% increase.

US hits another record for daily cases of almost 40,000. Staggering death numbers of 124,400 in the US since the start of the pandemic.

Texas sees large increase and attributes the cases to people congregating at bars. They have rolled back the lifting of restrictions.

We are now at 10 days straight with no positive cases (our record is 12).

30 positive cases, all resolve but unfortunately we have one individual that passed away.

As you can see with the Kingston example, we are not immune to seeing a spike. Please keep this in mind when you are out there.

Stay safe everyone.

 

COVID-19 Update (102) Please have patience for testing

With changes to stage 2, the demand for testing has increased considerably. I have been getting calls and messages about the delay. I reach out to the CEO of our Hospital. I spoke with Paul this morning and he explained the challenges. I heard back from Dr Ian Cowan (everyone loves Dr Cowan) who is the medical lead for the assessment centre. He sent me a note to let us all know, the assessment centre has seen a dramatic increase in demand for testing. The numbers per day (almost 4 times the average) are putting strain on staff resources.

The staff at the Assessment Centre are doing their best, please have patience as they try to get everyone through. They truly are professionals and they are doing everything they can. We do appreciate our frontline workers and thank them for being there for us. Our district is testing far ahead of the Provincial average for testing.

Another story out of the US, where 18 family members tested positive following a surprise Birthday party. Unfortunately one member was unaware they were positive. 3 family members are Hospitalized, one of them is battling cancer.

Again, I tell this story to remind everyone, that even if you believe it is safe, it is not. The risk is high if you don't follow the protocols. We do know that is happening here. Please do not take the chance.

Yesterday, the US reported the highest new positive tests in a day at 38,115. Staggering! To put in perspective (in fairest the US has 10 times the population as Canada), Canada has a total of 102,576 cases since the start. In other words, in one day, the US has a third of our cases that we have for the whole pandemic.

Locally we had 30 positive cases of which 29 are resolved and unfortunately one has passed away. No Unresolved cases currently.

We are now at 9 days straight of no positive cases. Our record is 12 days.

Stay safe everyone.

 

COVID-19 Update (101) Ontario State of Emergency until July 15th (Good Call)

I agree with the Province on this extension. Please know that (if or when) it expires, the restrictions in place can (more than likely) will remain in place for safety reasons.

In the news today, 17 Ohio students tested positive after a trip to Myrtle Beach. They returned home to their city who had just reduced their numbers to zero.

I tell this story to remind everyone the risks of traveling to centres with high rates of cases. In our case, this means Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor and Montreal.

There are no restrictions in place for travel in Ontario, so please know even if cases are extremely low here, this poses a risk. That is why it is so important that you follow the protocols every second to keep yourself and family safe.

Stay the course North Bay, we will get through this with your continued support, dedication and taking this seriously.

 

COVID-19 Update (100) 100 days! I know, it feels like years, I get it

OK North Bay, we hit a milestone, 100 days. You are doing great!

11,161 Tests, 30 Positive, 28 Resolved 0 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 has passed away. We are back to 8 days straight of no new positive cases (as of 1:15pm today) Our record is 12 days.

Ontario reported it's first death of someone 19 and younger

Today, new cases in Ontario
Toronto 63
Peel 46
Windsor 32
York 27
North Bay 0

Globally, the numbers are staggering. Some areas of the US are preparing to move back from their positions of openings.

I strongly encourage everyone to follow the protocols, the virus is out there all around us

 

COVID-19 Update (99) Global cases surge by 183,000 in 24 hours. (Single largest daily increase)

The World Health Organization is reporting a single largest daily increase in cases at 183,020. ( Brazil 54,771, US 36,617 and India 15,400) lead the world in the 24 hour period.

Closer to home we are still the 2nd lowest per 100,000 cases at 21.6. Here is a comparison for our Province (per 100K):
Algoma 21.0
North Bay area 21.6
Sudbury 33.2
Thunder Bay 58.0
Timmins area 79.1
Ottawa 194.8
Windsor 303.2
Peel 339.5
Toronto 405.0

As you can see, the bulk of the highest cases is just 350-400 kms away. To put that in perspective, a short 3.5 hour drive from North Bay. The virus is not that far away and people travel from the south to the north in the summer.

We have seen this past weekend and over the last little while, people are letting their guard down for many reasons including feeling safe and it has been 99 days plus. This raises your risk profile significantly.

We strongly encourage you to follow the protocols as we have come to far to take a step back. Our numbers are as Monday at 9:30am.

 

COVID-19 Update (98) First Father's Day under a global pandemic in our lifetime

We are back to 6 straight days of no postive tests (our record was 12).

A total of 10,663 tests of which 30 were positive and 10,633 were negative.

30 Positive cases, 28 are resolved, 1 isolated, 0 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 has passed away.

We are well into stage 2 now. (9 days)

Stay the course and follow all the protocols to keep you amd your family at low risk.

Happy Father's Day everyone. A day to celebrate our dads. Stay safe and enjoy the incredible weather.

 

COVID-19 Update (97). WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic 100 days ago today

WHO (World Health Organization) declared the spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11th. Since then 8.6 million people have tested postive and the death toll has surpassed 450,000. Some countries are being hit hard now, Brazil is one of them.

I believe that we were able to keep our numbers low for a number of reasons. Early invention was the key.
Our citizens responded quickly to the ever changing landscape of what we now know as the "new normal"

You may recall at that time, everyone was referring to the virus as Coronavirus. The scientists still hadn't officially named the virus as it was so new. That is why you heard the term "novel" at times.

We have many that believe we are safe because of our low numbers. The reality is we are a lower risk than most communities but people are travelling from all districts now that summer is here and that does raise our risk profile. Following the protocols will keep you at low risk but please know that does not mean no risk.

Across the world, economies are opening up (some too fast in my opinion) and they are seeing huge spikes. Here in North Bay, it is a more measured approach with consultation with our community partners like Health Unit, Hospital, Police, Fire, EMS, Mental Health. This approach has served us well. You can see locally, there is confidence. I do admit, there are some in our community that believe it is not a danger or simply a virus like flu. While others don't want anything open at all and express that opinion. It is a true balancing strategy.

Our local businesses do care about your safety. Your support of these businesses will greatly assist everyone in our city. The more they can demonstrate safety, the more at ease customers will be.

We have heard from time to time, our testing numbers are low. While everyone agrees more testing can be done (note: anybody that wants to get tested can do so, there is no reason for numbers not to be higher, certainly not the fault of our local organizations in any event). If you want to be tested, call our assessment centre at the Hospital and book an appointment.

We are where we are today in our city, because you have taken this seriously. Please do not waver from this.

Our frontline workers were there for us since the start. Please take the time to say thank you when you are out.

 

​COVID-19 Update (96) Stay the Course

North Bay continues to lead with Algoma in the lowest cases in the Province. All cases resolved except one in the district. Our citizens are making a difference.

South of us, we are seeing the news out of Texas, Arizona and Florida are seeing their cases spike.

The Toronto area is an high area for Ontario for positive cases.

We need to stay the course, it us working and we can not take anything for granted.

Enjoy the weather today and remember, the virus is not tired, it is all around us. Follow the protocols to keep your risk low

 

COVID-19 Update (95) 2nd Lowest in Province

North Bay & District continues to have one of the lowest positive case ratios per capita. We rank just behind Algoma 21.6 to 20.1 per 100K.

We are Day 7 into stage 2, with the opening up of certain areas in our economy and public facilities.

FACT: Private areas can open but public arenas must remained closed.

FACT: North Bay and area testing numbers higher than the Ontario average by almost 500 per 100K

FACT: Beaches, parks, sports fields (for practice only) are open but playground equipment is still not allowed to to safety.

I hope this posts are helpful and useful still after 95 straight days.

Enjoy the beautiful weather we are to receive over the next few days. Stay hydrated.

 

COVID-19 Update (94) 6 days into Stage 2

9903 tests, 30 postive, 28 resolved, 0 Hospitalized & unfortunately 1 passed away.

Globally- Last week 1 million new cases in 1 week. Thats right 7 days.

North Bay- Doing well. Still one of the lowest positive cases per captia in Ontario.

Stage 2- We are starting to see a "more" normal life with patios, sports fields, beaches, boat launches, campfires, holidays, extended family social circles, stores reopening, haircuts. So far, touch wood, our cases remain static but the next 3-5 days is a better evaluation. Please continue to stay the course.

Guard down- Yes we are seeing this a little more as people feel more comfortable with our numbers and are generally well informed. Don't be fooled by this however. The virus is all around us.

Celebrate- Yes we need to celebrate our community success overall to encourage everyone to stay the course. With stage 2, it is easy to live and enjoy live but protocols is what we keep our families safe

City Council/City Staff/ Community Partners- All working closely together. This has made a difference

Our 52,000 Citizens- Well done!

 

COVID-19 Update (93) Balance

CCOVID-19 Update (93) Balance

Hey North Bay you continue to do great. It has been 93 days now and you are still hanging in. It has been a long haul but you have been handling it well. It has been challenging at times but overall every step has been measured.

You need to have confidence in staying the course with the protocols. Our numbers are low in comparison across the Province.

Take the time to breathe, relax and strengthen your physical and mental health. The protocols are becoming 2nd nature to most of us.

Take pride in your community. North Bay is an example of everyone coming together. Celebrate that.

Our streak is back to 1 day. Our record was 12.

COVID-19 Update (92) 92 days!

North Bay still smashing the curve, 12 straight days of no positive cases. (We now have 1 additional positive case. Our consecutive streak ends at 12.)

All cases resolved in our city. (1 unresolved case as of 4pm)

UPDATE: ******The Health Unit announced this afternoon, 1 additional positive test since this post****

Warm weather is now here for the next week. If you attend the beach, please make sure to honour the physical distancing rule and all protocols.

Transit is limited to 15 passengers per bus and masks are recommended but not mandatory. Our drivers are behind plexiglass shields to keep them safe. We thank them for their dedication throughout the pandemic.

Stage 2 brings new changes that can be confusing and different for many activities. If in doubt, please reach out to us or the Health unit for answers to your questions.

You are doing great North Bay, stay the course!

 

COVID-19 Update (91) Some confusion on Stage 2

11 straight days, no positive cases.

No unresolved cases in our district.

With stage 2 announcements, there is some confusion on what is allowed and what isn't.

We are doing our best to interpret the new regulations and answer your questions fairly and quickly. We take our direction from our health unit and our medical officer of health. The regulations are changing rapidly so please have patience as we do our best to get the right answer for you.

We do understand that there are questions why certain things can go ahead (ie sports fields can be used for practice but playground equipment must remained closed......private arenas are allowed to open but public arenas are not). There is no simple answer. Like us, the Province takes direction from the Provincial medical officer of health.

The pandemic is not the easiest to navigate but so far, every call (Locally and Provincially) has been right and we must trust the directives. If there is a spike, more than likely we will go back. At the same time, our citizens want to visit family members and get back to work. It is a balance, so will agree and some will not, we respect that.

Next week, the weather looks incredible. Please keep in mind when you put on your sunscreen, that the physical distancing protocol is still in place to protect you and your family. Stay safe everyone.

 

COVID-19 Update (90) Double Digits! 10 days straight, no positive tests and an increase to the social circle

10 is the theme today. 10 days of no positive tests and today your Social Circle can be expanded to 10.

An increase to the social circle to 10 is important for a number of reasons, including those struggling with isolation, more support for those that need it, hug a grandparent or grandchild and more childcare options to name a few benefits.

There is trust that everyone will continue to follow the protocols to keep their circle safe. Your actions will determine the safety of your social circle.

Enjoy today, it is a day to reflect on the outstanding dedication and commitment of our citizens.

Please remember although we may be tired of the self isolation, physical distancing, good hygiene..........the virus is not tired and is ready to pounce

 

COVID-19 Update (89) 9 days straight with no positive tests

On June 4th (Day 1 of string) to June 12th (DAY 9) there has been an additional 1308 test results received. All negative.

Out of 8837 tests though 89 days, 29 were postive, 8808 were negative and unfortunately 1 has passed away. No Unresolved cases as of 4 pm today.

As we enter stage 2 today, we need everyone to stay the course.

Credit goes to citizens and business owners doing their part and demonstrating their commitment to keep others safe. Be proud North Bay, you are the second lowest positive cases per capita in the Province of Ontario.

 

COVID-19 Update (85). Regional openings

COVID-10 Update (88) No Unresolved Cases in North Bay.

There is no active COVID-19 cases as of 1 pm today in North Bay.

We have had 8 straight days of no positive tests in our city.

Please do not believe you can let your guard down. People are travelling to North Bay and from North Bay to centres with high levels of cases. This is why we still ask you to protect yourselves and your family and follow all the protocols. Every person you come in contact is a risk as you don't know their travel history or who they have come in contact with.

If we want to have low cases and get closer to normalcy, we must continue to stay the course. Your actions matter and will reflect in our numbers everyday.

Well done North Bay, 8 days straight!

 

COVID-19 Update (85). Regional openings

COVID-19 Update (87) Stage 2. Doing well North Bay but we still need to be cautious.

One full week without any positive tests. All the credit goes to our citizens and businesses doing their part to save suffering and deaths.

Stage 2 brings many different business openings and people going back to work, citizens having more things to do and making it "feel" a little back to normal but we know we are not out of the woods.

So with STAGE 2, we need to reconfirm that all COVID-19 protocols still need to be followed to keep everyone safe. Please don't believe all of a sudden it is safe. To get to stage 3, we need to keep this course.

We have confidence and trust our citizens will do the right thing.

Our local businesses have been tremendous at protecting their employees and customers.

I have heard and seen posts, how proud everyone is of our community. Stay upbeat amd safe

COVID-19 Update (86) 6 straight days of no positive tests!

Well done North Bay.

Enough said..........................

 

COVID-19 Update (85). Regional openings

Today the Province announced stage 2 for the areas that have had seen low numbers. North Bay has been consistently among the lowest 2 areas in Ontario, Algoma being the other.

Our business owners have been responsible, diligent and respectful of following the protocols. Yes we have heard about a few areas of concern, but for the most part, they have been good corporate citizens. The number reflect that.

Our citizens like our business owners have done the same with a few areas of concern. Again, our numbers reflect that.

Moving forward we ask our citizens and business owners to continue to protect their employees and customers by making sure all necessary protocols are being followed.

I will get questions about individuals concerned about people from larger centres down south visiting because of the lifted restrictions. If someone needs a haircut for example, there are a lot of districts between us and the larger centres that allow this, so that won't be a draw to North Bay. (I list as one example).

We heard the announcement at the same time as you and we are looking into the details of the announcement. We will be able to respond to some early questions but it may take a day or two to answer most questions in detail in regards to stage 2.

8124 tests completed, 29 postive (5 days straight of no increase), 26 resolved, 1 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 has passed away.

North Bay district has been above the Ontario average for testing and still we one of the lowest districts for positive tests. Out of over 8000 tests, 29 were positive.

Life is starting to change somewhat back to normal and we sense people are getting fatigued, not so closely following the rules, not seeing family or friends. Please know we are making progress because of this sacrifice you are making. Stay strong, we will get through this.

COVID-19 Update (84) North Bay continues to keep curve squashed

Canada could see between 97, 990 to 107,454 cases by June 15th. 100,000 ,
new cases possible. The range of deaths projected to be between 7,700 to 9,400

90% of the cases are in Quesbec and Ontario.

94% of the deaths are people 60 and over.

Keep doing your part North Bay, we are not out of the woods just yet.

COVID-19 Update (83) 95,017 Total positive cases in Canada

Quebec 52,624 and Ontario 30,202 are the 2 Provinces with the most cases. In Ontario case majority in the GTA and area.

Here in North Bay, we are still at 29 after 4 days. A jump of 2 at the beginning of June. 26 cases are resolved.

North Bay and Area are above the Provincial testing averages as I mentioned yesterday.

Our frontline workers are standing ready, let's keep them far from busy on this file.

Enjoy Saturday everyone, stay safe and call a friend or family member to make their day.

 

COVID-19 Update (82) Number of Tests 7732

2nd LOWEST POSITIVE TESTS IN PROVINCE: Our numbers continue to be low with Algoma (the 2 districts with lowest positive tests in Ontario). Algoma (18.4) North Bay Parry Sound (19.3) Per 100,000

ABOVE ONTARIO AVERAGE FOR TESTING: While our testing numbers in our district are lower than other northern districts, our district is above the provincial average for testing (5860.9 per 100,000 vs Ontario average 5363.7 per 100,000).

POSITIVE TESTS COMPARISON: To put this in perspective ( 33 districts in Ontario).
Cross section:
Toronto (335.1) Highest
Windsor (227.6)
Peel (208.1)
Duram (207.5)
York (196.6)
Ottawa (186.2)
Porcupine (79.9)
Sudbury (31.2)
North Bay (19.3)
Algoma (18.4) Lowest

North Bay and district is doing well thanks to the efforts of our 52,000 residents. Please continue to follow the protocols as recommended by our health care professionals

CAN ANYONE BE TESTED: Anyone can be tested. The assessment Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. It is voluntary. The centre is on the west side of the Hospital, not need to enter Hospital (some are afraid to enter the Hospital but the Hospital is safe). No appointment or referral is necessary for the test.

 

COVID-19 Update (81) 7529 tests. 29 positive, 26 resolved, 1 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 has passed away

Do you have any questions that I may have not addressed in the past 81 days. If so, please comment below. I will answer them them and if I don't have the answer, I will either direct you to the source that does or I will get an answer for you.

As my day and evenings are busy, I may not answer right away considering people all have different schedules than mine. I will do my best to respond asap though.

Please continue to do your part to keep our community and front line workers safe

 

COVID-19 Update (80) 7325 tests, 29 Positive, 26 Resolved, 1 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 has passed away

We had a set back today, North Bay.

We are seeing and hearing of individuals letting their guard down. We are not out of the woods.

80 straight days of "please..... please follow the protocols" is tiring, I know. We continue to communicate this message because it is the best way to protect our citizens. We fully understand and appreciate that it has been a long and difficult road.

There is community spread which is what we are worried about. Our priority is your safety and has been from day 1.

We may have more set backs in the coming days/weeks, so please let's get fully back to following all the protocols.

You have been doing great North Bay, we need to stay the course however.

Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update (79) 7130 tests, 27 postive, 26 resolved and unfortunately 1 has passed away. Another day of no positive tests

COVID-19 Update (79) 7130 tests, 27 postive, 26 resolved and unfortunately 1 has passed away. Another day of no positive tests.

Ontario total today 446 positive cases.

Stat from PublicHealthOntario: A daily epidemiologic summary shows that two COVID-19 patients between the ages of 20 and 39 died of the virus in the past day, bringing the total death count in that age group to 10.

We are still the 2nd lowest positive cases per 100K in Ontario.

This is a reflection of 52,000 citizens caring for their community and frontline workers.

Our city continues to be a bright spot of hope.

 

COVID-19 Update (78) No new positive cases. 27 Positive, 26 Resolved and unfortunately 1 has passed away

In Ontario, Saturday (323) positive, Sunday (326) Positive and today Monday (404)........... North Bay (0) today

The State of Emergency in Ontario will be extended until June 30th if passed.

The Province has announced Hydro will have around the clock rate of 12.8 kWh.

Stay the course North Bay, you are doing well.

52,000 citizens doing their part in keeping our families and front line workers safe.

 

COVID-19 Update (76) Steady as we go. Stay the Course

No real new information today, seems to be quiet everywhere. It could be the weather, that it is Sunday or people are just taking a mental health break after 77 days.

North Bay is doing well and our community is responding by following the protocols set out.

We live in a welcoming, kind, generous and inclusive city where we all have a role to play and encouraged to get involved. Our DNA here in our community is the principle that everyone is to be treated with respect, dignity and integrity. Be kind to one another.

 

COVID-19 Update (77). Seems quiet on this front

6544 Tests, 27 Positive, 23 Resolved, 3 self isolating, 0 Hospitalized and unfortunately 1 passed away. Of the 27 cases, 7 are in the Parry Sound district and 20 in Nipissing.

North Bay, you are doing well, be proud. You are taking it seriously and following the protocols. I do get the calls and messages about those that are not. In society, there will always be a percentage that will not follow recommendations or even believe that the pandemic is real. All the more reasons for the rest of us to follow the protocols to protect our families.

We are working closely with the Health unit and our Hospital on every step forward. In the end though, it is the actions of us collectively that make the difference.

Use this weekend to strengthen your mental health and physical health. It has been 76 days of physical distancing and not having social interactions with others. It does take its toll.

Stay positive, North Bay and area is one of the safest areas in the Province and will continue to be so, if we stay the course. I know I will get a few negative comments about that statement "people will take advantage or let their guard down thinking it is totally safe". We need to give the information to our citizens, good or bad though. We have to be factual in our information in a challenging time when everything is in total flux and changes daily.

Stay safe everyone

 

COVID-19 Update (75) We are Day 75! It feels like an eternity today for me for some reason

Citizens of North Bay: We have the SECOND LOWEST positive tests per captia (per 100,000) in Ontario. Well done, you are excelling by your dedication, commitment, leadership and respect for our front line workers and our community by following the protocols. North Bay you are doing great. Stay the course.

Stats: Tests 6274 Positive 26, Resolved 20, Hospitalization 1 and unfortunately 1 death.

Testing: If you suspect you have COVID-19, you can simply walk-in to the Assessment Centre between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day of the week on the west side of the Hospital. No need to go directly into Hospital. You can also be referred through the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 extension 5229 or your primary care physician.

Front Line Workers: You are amazing! Our citizens are doing what they can to keep the numbers down out of respect to you. We have a great community.

Support Local Business: They need us more than ever. Please support them during these difficult times.

Beaches are Open: Today or this weekend really isn't beach weather but the full summer is ahead of us. All COVID-19 protocols must be adhered to or the beaches will have to be re-closed. Safety is our number one priority. We trust our citizens to do the right thing. It is in your hands.

Waterfront: Memorial is closed to traffic for the next 3 weekends as an Active Transportation Route. You can still access the parking lots, Boardwalk, Marina, Boat launch and the 3 businesses on the waterfront. We have closed to traffic to give everyone lots of space to keep 6 feet apart and to follow all the protocols safely. You can use this time to strengthen you mental and physical health.

Weekend: The weather doesn't look the best however. Please do what you can to stay home and work around the house or simply relax. Keep your spirits up, we are all in this together.

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COVID-19 Update (74) Beaches open Friday. Stay the Course North Bay! Back on track

Ok North Bay, back on track. Well done. Let's keep our numbers down. Thanks to 52,000 citizens doing their part.

In consultation with Public Health, we will reopen all municipal beaches effective Friday, May 29, 2020.

Residents are reminded to physical distance and that groups of more than five that are not part of the same household are still not permitted. Please note that residents who choose to swim will do so at their own risk as there will be no lifeguard supervision available at municipal beaches this summer.

Those who arrive at a beach area that is too busy or crowded are asked to wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or to return at another time.

Mayor Message:

After careful evaluation, and in consultation with public health, we will be opening our beaches, Our community has remained vigilant and we trust that residents will be responsible and respect the restrictions in place regarding physical distancing and gatherings of no more than five people.

The City will monitor the use of beaches and implement changes if necessary should crowding become a concern.

Dr Jim Chirico Message:

As beaches reopen, and for them to remain open, it is important that we continue to practice physical distancing of two metres. If physical distancing is not possible, do not enter the beach area. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important to practice physical distancing, wash or sanitize your hands often, wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge, stay home as much as possible, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when sick.

The opening of beaches aligns with the province’s gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreation amenities, including expanded access to municipal parks and open spaces and allowing the use of benches, picnic tables and shelters.

Outdoor play structures and equipment, fitness equipment and splash pads remain closed until later stages of the province's reopening plan.

COVID-19 Update (73) It can be confusing keeping up with information

Here is the latest updates on City facilities as per Provincial Directives.


Outdoor amenities: what's open and what’s closed

The province recently reopened some park and outdoor space amenities with physical distancing protocols. The following list provides information to help users understand what is open and what is not open in the City of North Bay, as well as any limits that may be in place on the use open amenities.

 

Sports Fields

· Publicly accessible multi-use sport-fields (not gated) are open to individuals and for casual play. Team sports or groups of more than five that are not part of the same household are still not permitted due to provincial emergency orders.

Skate Park

· The Skate Park at Thomson Park is now open. Physical distancing of at least two metres is required and groups of more than five people are still restricted.

 

Outdoor Tennis, Pickleball and Basketball Courts

· Open with physical distancing protocols.

· Players using courts are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer. Players are reminded to mark their own tennis or pickle balls and to kick their partners’ pickle and tennis balls back to them.

· Please use respectfully and wait if needed based on occupancy.

Off-Leash Dog Park

· Closed at this time.

Parks and Open Spaces

· Open for passive use by individuals or members of the same household. Examples of activities that are permissible include personal fitness, playing catch or kicking a ball.

Picnic shelters & benches

· Open with physical distancing protocols.

· Please note these areas are not being cleaned or disinfected and users should take standard COVID-19 precautions when using.

Marinas and Boat launches

· Open with physical distancing protocols.

· If another boater is launching a boat when you arrive, please queue in line and remain in your vehicle until they are finished. Do not congregate near the boat launch prior to or after launching your boat.

· Ensure you are maintaining a distance of two metres apart from others while loading/unloading boats and while on the waterways.

Playgrounds and splash pads

· Play structures, including swings, slides, splash pads and outdoor exercise equipment are closed at this time.

 

Public Washrooms

 

· Washroom facilities at the Waterfront Marina are now open with physical distancing protocols. Preparations are underway for additional facilities to open in consultation with public health. Please follow public health recommendations regarding safe handwashing and hygiene.

Beaches

· Congregating on public beaches is still not permitted. Public beaches, including Marathon Beach and the Golden Mile Beach on Lake Nipissing, the Birchaven Cove and Olmsted Beach on Trout Lake, are available for walk-through access only.

 

· Public accesses to lakes are open for individuals to enter the water or launch a canoe or kayak. Do not congregate on shore. In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres is required and groups of more than five people are still restricted.

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COVID-19 Update (72) Past 5 days of plus 400 & today 287 in Ontario

The Province has alluded to the fact we saw 5 days of increase following Mothers Day. Today a drop outside that weekend. Will we see a spike similar with our holiday weekend which we saw photos circulated around media and social media sites about parks/beaches being packed with people in Toronto and across the country? The next 10 or 12 days will tell the tale.

We have kept our beaches closed for the past few weeks for the safety of our citizens. It is a unpopular decision but the right step to reenforced our commitment to your safety. It is ok to disagree and be mad at us.

Today and the next 2 days will see high temps again and we recommend staying hydrated, reduce physical energy and finding shade. In past years we opened up arenas, libraries, shopping facilities that were air conditioned but with the COVID-19 protocols, we are unable to do so today.

Please stay safe everyone. Please know City Council, City staff and all community partners are working closely together to protect your safety but in reality, it is the actions of 52,000 that will determine our fate.

 

COVID-19 Update (71) If you want to be tested, no one will be turned away

FACT: COVID-19 testing in North Bay & area is above Provincial average per 100,000 people.

TESTING: If you suspect you have COVID-19, you can simply walk-in to the Assessment Centre between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day of the week. You can also be referred through the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 extension 5229 or your primary care physician.

FACT: I know some individuals are worried about entering the Hospital (it is safe btw). There is no need to enter the Hospital to get tested. The assessment centre is located on the west end of our Health Centre.

MESSAGE: From Dr Ian Cowan (Medical Director of COVID-19 Assessment Centre): "We want to remind our community that we are here for them. Our assessment centre is here to test anyone with concerns about COVID-19 exposure or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.”

We encourage everyone that wants to be tested, no one will be turned away.

 

COVID-19 Update (70). Cases raising in Ontario (460 new cases on Sunday). North Bay 3rd lowest per capita

COVID-19 Update (70). Cases raising in Ontario (460 new cases on Sunday). North Bay 3rd lowest per capita.

North Bay region currently has the 3rd lowest positive cases per 100,000 population at 19.3 in Ontario.

One just has to look at Provincial, National and US News sites to see the crowds forming on beaches and parks. Toronto on the weekend had multiple news sources showing pictures of parks full of people not physically distancing.

We will see if this causes the numbers to spike or not.

We took the stance of opening up the waterfront by closing off a section of Memorial Dr to allow citizens plenty of room to strengthen their mental and physical health while maintaining COVID-19 protocols. The beaches remain closed thus giving less space if we didn't close off the road. You could still access all parking lots, Boardwalks, trails, marina and launch.

While closing off Memorial Dr was very popular, beaches being closed was not popular with some. It is a balancing act. All decisions are made with your safety at the forefront.

Please continue to follow the protocols more than ever due to community spread.

We all have a collective responsibility to follow the guidelines set out.

As a city, our number priority is your safety. You are doing very well but we are seeing people letting their guard down lately and that is not good. Stay the course, we do not want to start all over.

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COVID-19 Update (69) We may feel safe due to our low numbers but we are not necessarily any safer than we were 69 days ago

COVID-19 Update (69) We may feel safe due to our low numbers but we are not necessarily any safer than we were 69 days ago. We are in fact, more at risk.

Are we becoming "fatigued" and desensitized by the constant messaging of COVID-19 protocols?

Do you know a percentage of Canadians don't believe the seriousness of the pandemic?

Are we adjusting to the "new normal" and the virus doesn't scare us as much?

Are people letting their guards down after 69 days with the warmer temps here?

Do some believe that the restrictions are too much?

Well the answer is YES to all of the above.

Unfortunately this does not help us and makes it harder to keep you safe. We are more at risk than we have been at any point in the last 69 days with community spread and the numbers we are seeing in Ontario. Yes we are concerned.

Our collective responsibility to all is waning. We must stay the course and focus on following all the COVID-19 protocols to save lives and reduce suffering.

We have all witnessed in the last week, examples of individuals not adhering to physical distancing or gathering. I have seen it also.

Let's not go backwards, we have come too far to start over.

Our actions in the last week will show in the numbers in the next 2-3 weeks or even longer.

 

COVID-19 Update (68) Public Beaches Closed

Ok, I know this is not what you want to hear. We must keep all public beaches closed for your safety, COVID-19 Protocols and Provincial/Local medical officers of health directives. Also public washrooms are closed due to the same directives.

It is ok to be mad at us and disagree with this decision. Opinions matter. Having an opinion for and against a decision makes our country and city a great place to live. However, we must do the right thing regardless if it is popular or not, to keep everyone safe. That is our number one priority

We are seeing individuals using beaches and we are trying to further educate everyone. Please do not be upset with our Police officers, bylaw officers or city staff. Honestly, they are just doing their jobs. Please be kind and understanding to them. They are our frontline workers.

We have community spread and we continue to recommend that everyone follow the COVID-19 PROTOCOLS to reduce your risk and to keep everyone safe.

We have closed Memorial Dr to give everyone extra space to physical distance. We have made this area an active transportation corridor so residents can strengthen their mental and physical health. We trust our citizens to follow the medical officers of health recommendations.

With this weekends high temperatures, please drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated. Enjoy the weekend and beautiful weather and understand the decisions being made are in your best interests even if they are not popular

COVID-19 Update (67) Our number one priority is the health and safety of our citizens

In our continued efforts to provide safe places for our citizens now the warm weather is here, we have closed Memorial Dr this weekend (just past the parking lots), to give everyone much needed extra space to strengthen their mental and physical health, while following all the COVID-19 protocols.

Public washrooms will remain closed due to COVID-19 protocols unfortunately, so please keep this in mind.

Due to community spread, we strongly encourage everyone to physical distance, good hygiene, don't touch common surfaces, stay home if you are sick or not feeling well and no gatherings. Following these protocols reduces your risk. Key wording is it reduces your risk. Please be safe.

Parking lots, marina, boat launch, government dock and Boardwalk are all accessible as always.

Other areas to consider for strengthing your mental and physical health is Thompson Park behind Memorial Gardens, Laurier Woods and trails at top of ski hill.

The weather is predicted to be hot and sunny this weekend.

Please do not let your guard down even for 1 second

 

COVID-19 Update (66) 24 Positive, 18 Resolved, 1 Deceased, 0 Hospitalization Community Spread!

COVID-19 Update (66) 24 Positive, 18 Resolved, 1 Deceased, 0 Hospitalization Community Spread!

Community Spread is not our friend. The last few cases have been attributed to community spread and this should be a concern to all of us.

The only way to protect yourself and your family is to follow the protocols very closely. Community spread means it is clearly out in the community.

Please do your part. Our front line workers and our community is depending on you. It is up to all of us.

COVID-19 Update (65) 22 Positive, 18 Resolved, 1 Death

We are seeing around the world different approaches to COVID-19 and the protocols recommended. We are seeing parts of the world opening their economies at different pace then others. We are seeing protests about freedom or that the pandemic is a hoax. In other words, policies and decisions all over the map (pun intended).

The recommendations and protocols still stand as communicated. Physical distance, good hygiene, no unnecessary travel and no gathering of 6 or more. Following these protocols will keep your risks low.

We do have community spread, that is a important fact to keep in mind when you are going about in your day to day lives.

We want everyone to get through.

Our front line workers are there for us. Let's be there for them.

 

COVID-19 Update (64) Long Weekend and Mental/Physical Health

Here we are at the end of the long weekend that we as northerners believe officially starts our summer. Although this isn't a normal year.

In fact, it is the first time anyone living today has experienced this deadly phenomenon of a global pandemic. The sweeping changes we have all have come to understand as the new protocol and follow( well most that is) is challenging for everyone.

The City closed Memorial Dr to traffic for the sole reason and purpose to open up space for people to walk, run, rollerblade, bike or stroll through to allow for physical distancing and to follow the COVID-19 protocols and encourage the strengthening of mental and physical health. Our North Bay City Police used their bike patrol to stay connected with citizens downtown and at the waterfront.

On Tuesday, we will review and assess the weekend. From what I am hearing, the closure to traffic on Memorial was very well received and appreciated. It didn't cause any traffic concerns (in fact drivers used McIntyre and Oak as designed which brought more traffic through downtown core). Parking lots and the marina boat launch were open for public use.

Families and couples used the extra space at the waterfront to strengthen the mental/ physical health.

We would love to hear from you, if you used the waterfront and what your thoughts were on the extra space on the long weekend.

COVID-19 Update (63) Simple Question (no need to answer publically or privately)

COVID-19 Update (63) Simple Question (no need to answer publically or privately)

Have you always physical distanced since Day 1(63 days ago) not counting with those that live under your roof?

If you have, thank you!

COVID-19 Update (62) 4969 tested, 21 Positive, 2 in isolation, 1 death, 0 Hospitalized

COVID-19 Update (62) 4969 tested, 21 Positive, 2 in isolation, 1 death, 0 Hospitalized.

We have recorded our first death which saddened us greatly. We want you to be safe, protected and comfortable at the same time. The COVID-19 protocols are your best methods to keep your risk low. That's right, to keep your risk low. These protocols do not reduce your risk to zero, please remember that.

We believe there will be more positive cases if people let their guard down unfortunately. We ask that you respect our frontline workers by following the protocols. They want to be safe too.

With Saturday of the long weekend, we are anticipating increased traffic, shopping and people moving about. It promises to be a nice day but don't let the temperatures or sun distract you from following the protocols. We all want think of other things, we get it, so do we. Physical Distancing is your best friend.

We are concerned about what this weekend will bring 5 to 7 days from now.

In advance of the nice weather, we have communicated the protocols daily and reenforced hourly.

If you need to go out to strengthen your mental health and get physical exercise, here are some areas that might be a consideration.

Thompson Park behind Memorial Gardens. This is a beautiful park and lots of open space to stay away from crowds

Laurier Woods nature area. Great space to escape the city without leaving the city.

Waterfront. We have closed off Memorial Dr from Marina to Lee Park, to give citizens a lot of room to go for a walk, bike, Rollerblade, run or stroll. Both parking lots are open at either end as well as by Museum on Oak St.

All facilities, benches and playground equipment is off limits per Provincial directives. We can't sterilize the equipment to keep your family safe.

All city boat launches are open if you want to go fishing or boating.

Kate Pace Way for those that want to bike.

You can fish from shore or government dock as long as you maintain the 6 foot rule.

If you had a fire permit from 2019, it is valid until city hall reopens. If you didn't, our staff are working with the fire department on a protocol for 2020 inspections and on line application (next week).

You can walk in your neighbourhood.

Work in your yard, sit outside on your deck or lawn.

Take on line courses, (art, culture, exercise classes, webinars) that our local businesses have set up to serve you.

If you are shopping, please please stay 6 feet away from everyone including the employees.

We want to get everyone through to the other end, stay safe everyone and enjoy the long weekend for rest, exercise and mental health break.

COVID-19 Update (61) Sadness

We have heavy hearts today. We lost an gentle soul here in our district.

Godspeed.

COVID-19 Update (60) 4658 tested, 20 positive, 18 resolved, 2 self isolating, 0 Hospitalized. Here in North Bay, we have embraced wholeheartedly "We are all in this together" We are:

Pragmatic- We were realistic and sensible about the unknown and how we adapted in a frightening environment. We accepted the challenges we faced in a sensible way, that suited our conditions. We didn't just obey fixed ideas or regulations as presented. Instead we embraced science and fact based protocols, stayed informed and educated.

Pandemic - For the past 60 days, we have had to learn the "new normal". Life has drastically changed for all of us. We learned more than we have ever wanted to know about coronaviruses. Our lives have been turned upside down, inside out.

Preparation- Leaders in every sector stood tall and made the difficult decisions necessary to save suffering and lives. Everyday, for the past 60 days preparation has been the focus for the constant change we would encounter.

Prevention- New protocols were quickly out in place, communicated daily, reinforced hourly. Citizens embraced the request to physical distance, practice good hygiene, defer unnecessary travel, they stayed home as much as possible, they didn't have visitors nor did they visit...... enthusiastically knowing and trusting the advice. This is the only reason we have the stats we do.

Politeness- It is in our DNA as northeners.

Patience- We understood that life had stopped the way we had come accustomed. We embraced that this was a marathon not a sprint. We accepted that we were all in this together and the only way out was to work together.

Perseverance- We have the strength to get through this as a community. We will stay the course and never give up until there is a vacine, even if it is hard and difficult.

Passionate- We are a caring people. We are worried about our seniors, our citizens with compromised immune systems, our frontline workers, our family, our friends and our community. We will assist those that need our assistance. We have the most caring and generous citizens on the planet.

Protect- Our number one priority is your safety. We realize that 52,000 of us have to buy in to be successful even if a few choose to do otherwise. We will not let their careless actions keep us from practicing the protocols or letting our guard down. We can not focus on the negative or things we can not control. We focus on staying the course.

Proactive- Our strong suit since day 1

Prerogative- We learned that this is not case.

Philanthropic- Yes our citizens amd our community have stepped up!

Proud- Yes we are.

COVID-19 Update (59) Stay the Course

We recorded a 20th positive case here in the district related to travel and the individual is self isolating. 18 cases have been resolved, 2 self isolating and we have 0 Hospitalizations

We need everyone to continue to follow all the COVID-19 protocols. Stay the Course, it is still no safe to let your guard down even for one minute.

We will close down Memorial Drive for the long weekend, as we know people want to get out and get exercise. We are putting our trust in our citizens to follow the protocols. The parking lots will still be available at both ends and as well at the Oak St parking lots. This will open up more area for our citizens to walk, run, bike or stroll to preserve the 6 foot physical distance.

Other areas to consider for exercise to stay away from crowds are Thompson Park, Laurier Woods and the trails by the ski hill.

Please continue to take this seriously to protect yourself, your family and our front line workers.

 

COVID-19 Update (58) Keep Inspiring the Province, North Bay!

North Bay and area is still the lowest positive case rate percentage in Ontario. We are consistently in the top 2 for the the fewest positive cases per capita.

This can change in a heartbeat. Physical Distance..... ...Physical Distance.......Physical Distance........Physical Distance

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COVID-19 Update (57) 3794 tested, 19 Confirmed Cases,16 Resolved, 3 in isolation, 0 Hospitalized

Despite the low numbers, we are still concerned for you and your family's safety. We continue and highly recommend that you keep a physical distance between yourself and others of 6 feet, good hygiene and no gathering to reduce your risk.

Even with our low numbers, it is easy (and human nature) to let your guard down. However you are still at risk with people moving around, traveling from other centres and the small minority that are not following the recommendations from our medical professionals.

To help keep you focused, please assume everyone you see out there is positive. No one wants to harm others by their actions nor does anyone (that I know of), want to be Hospitalized, sick or quarantined for a period of 14 days or longer.

Think of others when you are out. The vulnerable, elders or those that have immune system challenges. They are very worried and concerned. Your actions put their lives at risk.

Our front line workers ask for your support to keep them safe.

The long weekend is 4 days away and here in Northern Ontario, that is a special weekend for all of us. The next couple of updates will focus on keeping you safe with the upcoming warm weather and greater numbers being out and about.

 

COVID-19 Update (56) Mother's Day

We want you to celebrate your Mother's Day for decades to come. Our mom's want to see their grandchildren have children of their own and be there to hug them and celebrate.

Please don't let your guard down, you really need to respect the protocols as tough as it is. Make the day special for sure and be creative, more creative then ever before. Be over the top but please respect the protocols. We are not out of the woods.

This is one 2020 milestone we will need to sacrifice for their health and well being, so they can be there well into the future. Sorry to be that messenger.

We love you mom, from 6 feet away. We want to share the future with you, so today I say Happy Mother's Day with the "greatest love and respect, I can show you" by keeping the 6 foot distance between us.

Happy Mother's Day everyone.

 

COVID-19 Update (55) Physical Distancing and Heroes in the shadows

Physical Distancing

With the warmer weather, stores opening up and people just wanting to get outside, we are noticing more and more activity. With the feeling of our low risk here in the city, human nature is to let our guard down.

I know I have said this a million times but for the one millionth and first time, your safety is following the protocols of physical distancing, good hygiene and not visiting others. This is the only way to protect you and your family. People are traveling to other centres and they are traveling here from areas of high positive case areas. This is the fastest way for our numbers to skyrocket. Please do not let your guard down or believe you are safe.

Heroes in the shadows.

We recognize our front line workers and the good work they are doing for us. All front line workers are heroes in the shadows. One area of frontline staffing that rarely gets mentioned, is our mental health, addictions and social workers working with our homeless, addicted and vulnerable. This is very challenging work and mostly misunderstood by many. These professionals put their heart and soul into helping the most unfortunate. It is also an area where the most public criticism is focused. This is devastating for their morale. They need your support more than ever. Please before you put something out there, consider these caring professionals and their dedication to helping individuals that most turn away from. They are educated and knowledgeable professionals. They are doing everything they can and it will never be enough for some.

 

COVID-19 Update (55)

It is truly amazing to see and hear what individuals and businesses are doing to help one another during these times. From drive by salutes, delivery of dinners and treats to Frontline workers, free on line classes, free concerts, buying food for seniors, donations to charitable organizations, Clean, Green Beautiful, Care Mongers, Police/Fire going to kids Birthdays, Pipe bands, making noise every night at 730 to name but a few.

To our individual heroes within our community that serve us everyday, thank you.

This is the North Bay we Know and Love. Just Amazing community spirit and resolve!

 

Covid-19 Update (54) Hope and Trust

We believed in and put our trust in our medical professionals. We put our trust in our fellow citizens to do the right thing. We put our trust in our Frontline workers. We trusted the information and advice of our local leaders. We trusted and accepted the pain we had to go through economically, was the sacrifice we needed to keep people alive. We missed milestones because we trusted this was good advice. We miss seeing our families and friends because we trust the advice to stay away.

We must further trust, this was the right action plan and we must not waver from the protocols as places open up.

We must fundamentally exercise the routines of physical distancing, good hygiene, not gathering as everything unfolds. Your protection and low risk factors in your ability to not let your guard down. Life is slowly shifting and starting change.

If we continue to trust our instincts and follow the protocols, we put ourselves in a safer place as the world opens up.

Because we trusted, we now have hope. Hope is fragile and I trust that we all remember that our medical professionals and Frontline workers were there right from the beginning. Let's not destroy their hope in us.

COVID-19 Update (53) Local businesses

Our local businesses need you more than ever. They have sponsored our teams, donated to charitable causes, volunteered in our community , employ our citizens, create vibrancy and opportunities. They have been there for us. It is our time to really support them in these trying times.

The Province is slowly opening up different sectors. As you can imagine our local businesses fully understand that your safety is your priority and wondering if their customers will return. They want to hear from you. Send them a message, a text, a shout out on social media, let them know you are thinking of them and you will return.

Cities are built by local businesses and quite frankly are the economic drivers of success. Their survival is in our hands. If you shop on line, choose a local business. If you need something, please make the purchase this month when they open up, they need to have confidence that we are there to support them early and often.

In the month of May, pick 10 local businesses you want to support as a family. Encourage your friends to do the same. It takes a community to support a business. Let's show them our love.

 

COVID-19 Update (52) 18 confirmed Cases, 16 Resolved, 2 in isolation, 0 Hospitalized

These numbers included Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts.

Did you know today is World Hand Hygiene Day? (I didn't)

You are doing great North Bay during these difficult times. Our front line workers and their families are proud of your efforts and say Thank You!

I have heard from a local business that they are seeing masks worn by people more and more. They have pointed out, each time there is a confirmed case, the number of people wearing masks goes up.

Still getting lots of messages about regulations, laws or can we do this or that. That is good!

Please know we welcome all questions to help you keep safe.

Over confidence is not what we want to hear, stay the course!

There are some that are not following the protocols.......that is why you must to stay safe. This is your protection.

Leave the infractions for our Police and Bylaw officers to deal with.

Hug those that live with you everyday and hug no one else.

Please call all your friends, they need to hear from you!

Keep your kids informed and educated through this. Sometime in the future, they will need to do the same with their kids as this will happen again.

Keep your mental health strong, we will get through this.

We are prepared for economic recovery readiness, hang in.

We want everyone to be here when this is all over. Stay the course.

Support local businesses more than ever. They need us.

We are here to assist. Here is 2 locations to review the steps taken by your municipal government to help serve and protect you and your family.

COVID-19 Update (51) Top 6 Trending Questions

#6 How soon until we can return to normal?

We simply do not have an answer. The logical answer is when we have a vaccine for the population or unfortunately, when everyone has been exposed. Timeline for vaccine can be anywhere from 12 months on. Remember the flatten of the curve was to slow the infection rate and not overwhelm the healthcare system. Our goal here in North Bay was to smash it

#5 Can we stop cottagers from coming North (May Long weekend)?

The answer is no. While the medical professionals and the Premier have asked and pleaded with individuals not to go north, there is no law to prevent anyone. There are arguments on both sides of this. In reality, it would be unenforceable and divisive. We would not be further ahead in the long run and we would lose any momentum we have now protecting our citizens as our attention would be diverted to an unachievable outcome. Our best protection for ourselves and our families to follow the protocols to the letter.

#4 (tied) Why can't we have a campfire, open up the boat launches or allow golf courses to open. On the campfire question, the Province falls under the FFPA. In our area, we fall under 2 sections of the FFPA, fire code and restricted fire zone. The FFPA does not allow us to permit campfires because of these 2 sections. Even if our fire department decided under the fire code to allow, the fire restriction zone over rules the local fire department. Some areas to the south only fall under the fire code only (not restricted fire zones) which allows local fire departments to decide. That is why some south of us can and we can't.
On Public Boat launches. This falls under regulations set out by the Province. Some public boat launches can open but to serve residents that have a permanent water access only primary residences. In our case, they are very few, if any of these types of residents. Recently the Provincial government has stated we can open up the marinas but with out public access at this time. Sounds like we may have a decision in the coming weeks.
On golf courses. This is a Provincial decision although they have stated that golf courses can prepare their courses. This tells us, they are looking at ways to put rules in place to make sure golfers can practice all COVID-19 protocols.

#3 When will the economy open back up?

Although the Provincial government is slowly opening up certain segments, they are doing so on the recommendations of the Provincial medical officer of health. All next steps will depend on safety and criteria of progress in reductions set by the Province. Business likes certainty and the last thing anyone wants to to do backwards or see a second wave.

#2 Are parks, biking trails conservation areas and the waterfront open to the public?

The official answer is to stay home, no unnecessary travel, good hygiene, physical distancing and no gathering to reduce risk. If you must go out, it is your sole responsibility to follow the above protocols. We are not naive and we recognize people need to get exercise, walk their pets, go grocery shopping, pick up essentials and to strengthen their mental health. Parks are open to walk/bike through but absolutely no activities. All playground equipment, benches and picnic tables are off limits (we can't sanitize them to protect you). Trials/waterfront/conservation areas are open as long as all protocols are followed. To date, while there are people using these areas, our bylaw officers are telling us, citizens are respecting the protocols. We do get some complaints however, but most times, it is a family unit that live under one roof, which is allowed. Please try to stay in your neighbourhoods as much as possible. If it is too busy anywhere, pick a different time. We also know, some are not following the protocols and our bylaw and Police officers are patrolling. They can't be everywhere though.

#1 The city is having success and low numbers why dont we open up our city more than the Province?

Well the answer is no we can't under law to be factual. The Premier and health professionals have this right. They will gradually open up the Province when it is safe to do so. We will be better prepared than most to move forward. We have been working on economic recovery readiness for 35 days now. We are prepared. We will come out of the gate strong and safely. Council/City Staff/Community Partners are aligned and ready.

 

COVID-19 Update (50) Success does not happen over night or in 50 days

There is no such thing as overnight success. It takes a lot of effort, dedication, commitment and time.

We are hearing individuals letting their guard down, having visitors, visiting out of town, being over confident and some quite frankly don't respect the protocols and are putting everyone at risk.

We have also heard of grandparents/parents that haven't seen their grandchildren or children or parents in the past 50 days out of respect to our frontline workers and our community.

We know people are out getting groceries, essentials, exercise , going for a drive and sitting in driveways and speaking with neighbours over a large distance. People will do what they need to do. Our recommendations have always been don't but we are not naive.

However, our concern is the complete disregard of the protocols and putting people at risk. Having visitors, traveling out of town to visit, not respecting physical distancing.

Our community has seen early success but this may go out the window if what we are hearing is true.

Please don't be one of the individuals that disrespects our community and our frontline workers.

Our goal in North Bay from day one was to smash the curve to save lives. Our goal was never to flatten the curve as this was just a means to spread the sick over time. So if we let up, we go back to flattening the curve strategy and fill up our Hospital or worse overwhelm it.

Be mad at us, if nothing happens. Yes, we are being protective.

If we get a jump in cases........... then we start all over again.

 

COVID-19 Update (49) 52,000 Thank you's

Our Front Line Workers have never wavered, they stand ready for us. Not once, did they leave their post.

Doctors, nurses, PSWs, EMS, respiratory therapists and all front line medical professionals show up every single day for us.

Grocery store employees make sure we do not go hungry.

Bank employees open their doors to serve us. To make sure we can buy our essentials in life, putting themselves at higher risk.

Pharmacy and drug store employees make sure we have the medicines we need.

Police and Fire continue to protect us 24/7 and even on their days off, show up to wish young kids a Happy Birthday.

Our long term care professionals protect our seniors and care for them as we can not visit.

All levels of government, elected officials and staff made difficult decisions quickly to save lives, provide support, information and communicated effectively with citizens to keep them informed and provided advice to lower the risk of exposure.

Business and industry made decisions in the best interests of their employees health and safety.

Our correctional staff continued to serve our community and those under their watch under difficult circumstances.

Our Courts staff and all those in this area, continued to serve.

Essential workers at stores, garages and service outlets were there to serve us.

Our Postal Carriers continued door to door to make our lives as normal as possible and keep us connected.

Restaurant staff cook up delicious meals and snacks for our community

Our Transit drivers drive their routes 7 days a week, so people can get home, to work or to the Hospital.

Cab drivers work 24/7 just in case you need to get somewhere.

Maintenance staff of all organizations work long hours to make sure all facilities are clean and safe.

Social services staff look after those in need.

Food bank staff made sure their clients do not go hungry

Mental Health workers made sure there is always someone to speak with.

Our shelter staff work around the clock to help the homeless.

Our LCBO and Beer Store employees that continue to allow us to have a glass of wine or beer at dinner.

Our truck, courier and delivery drivers that make deliveries of essential items for the supply chain to keep our economy moving as best that it can.

Our city staff rotated their shifts and hours to make sure our city is safe, roads are clear, provide safe drinking water and services that our citizens depend on.

All essential workers and front line staff, deserve our appreciation and respect

Our City of 52,000 citizens, want to say thank you (52,000 thank you's) to all of the above.

COVID-19 Update (48) Unnecessary Travel

One of our biggest risk today and for the near future is unnecessary and neccessary travel (yes there are both) by individuals traveling to our city and our citizens traveling to other centres. Other cities in the Province and neighboring Provinces have high positive numbers that easily can be brought back.

We have lowest positive cases per capita in the Province but this could change quickly.

The best way to protect ourselves and our community is not to travel unless absolutely necessary and by keeping the 6 foot physical distance at all times and not letting our guard down.

If we see a spike in positive cases, more than likely this will be the cause.

As for visitors to our city, we have no way of stopping this, it is a fact of life even during a pandemic. You can protect everyone by following all the protocols to a T.

We need you more than ever, to hang in and dont let your guard down. Your safety, your family's safety and the safety of our frontline workers depend on your actions.

COVID-19 Update (47) This chart shows our respect for our frontline workers and our families

North Bay and area is still the lowest per capita in the Province of Ontario.

Having said that, we are hearing anecdotal that some are letting their guard down. We are playing with fire if we do this. Please consider our frontline workers, seniors and those with compromise and suppressed immune systems

This is not about survival of the fittest.

Please stay the course, we are the lowest for a reason, because we care about one another.

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COVID-19 (46) Yes it is ok to be Antsy, we are human

Yes we are social beings and this is not natural. However, during a pandemic, the "old" natural is a recipe for disaster. We need you to hang in, to encourage your family and friends to keep going. We miss the handshakes, hugs and pats on the back, the BBQs, celebrations and dinners with friends. We will get back there but in the meantime, encouragement is our best friend in the days ahead. We need your assistance. Please continue to support one another and above all encourage others to keep going.

Our Police and Fire personnel are helping parents celebrate kids Birthday's and Seniors Birthday's, to assist families out there. This compassion and goodwill helps our families through this difficult time.This is what community is all about, If your child has a birthday, please reach out!

6Eleven on Lakeshore is giving free hot dogs for those that are hungry. Fitness outlets have free exercise classes on-line, creative industries has many virtual events. These are just a few ways businesses and organizations can assist our citizens through this. If you are able, please give it some thought how you can give back.

If you do go out, it is your sole responsibility to follow all the protocols especially physical distancing, good hygiene, don't touch surfaces, no unnecessary travel and not to gather. (I know I have said this a million times)

North Bay, you are doing great, take pride in your efforts. The COVID-19 virus is close by and is a present danger to all of us. Now is not the time to give in.

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COVID-19 Update (45) You Smashed it!

Hey North Bay, you didn't just flatten the curve, you smashed it! This speaks to our community resolve and spirit to help one another and shows your great respect for our frontline workers.

We may still and more likely to get more positive cases, so please do not get down. You are doing amazing.

Please don't let your guard down now, it is still a present danger. We have come too far to start over. The sooner we get through this, the sooner we can get life back to as close to normal as possible.

Keep it going North Bay. Take pride in your efforts.

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COVID-19 Update (44) Reflection and Heartbreak

We have all missed significant milestones in our lives since the pandemic protocols were put place some 44 days ago. Our kids and grandkids miss having their friends and family members over for their birthdays. Our grandparents have had birthdays without us. There are new grandparents that haven't hold a new grandchild. Families have had to say goodbye to a loved one and couldn't be there to hug, comfort or cry with family members and friends. Individuals have lost their jobs and business owners have had their businesses close.

There are so many other milestones that have been missed. This is heartbreaking. We are in uncharted territory. There is no handbook or guide to reference.

So where do we turn? We turn to our medical professionals that have dozens of years of training. We have confidence in our medical professionals. We will listen and move forward with their recommendations only.

As of Monday April 27th (8am), we have in the region 16 positive cases. 14 have been resolved and 2 are still Hospitalized. North Bay is a city with the lowest positive cases per capita in the Province of Ontario. Our citizens get it. One citizen compared us to New Zealand, a country that has made great progress.

I have touched on many initiatives that our city and our community partners have done to make the safety of our citizens the top priority. We have been successful to date. Our citizens understand the need to follow these recommendations and they are supportive of staying the course. We need to hang in. No one can give us a date, we must continue to believe we are on the right track to be successful.

Yes, I am receiving questions about the economy, businesses opening and jobs. We are following the lead of the Federal and Provincial governments. They make the rules and laws that govern this area. I am supportive of their leads and we stand with them.

Having said that, we have a knowledgeable and engaged economic team in place at city hall. Local business leaders continue to contribute with ideas and recommendations. Our economic staff continue to work with local business and Industry. City council is working with staff and community partners and we all are aligned. Economic Recovery readiness started on March 31st almost a full month ago. Much work has been done. We will be ready to come out of the gate strong and hard, when we get the green light.

We were prepared when safety was priority one when the pandemic hit. We are prepared for the economic recovery when it occurs and once again we will be leaders.

We need to continue to vocally supportive of the safety plan we have in place. The plan follows the recommendations of our medical professionals. We have confidence in our frontline workers and appreciatetheir efforts. Please hang in there, we are on the right track. https://www.cityofnorthbay.ca/…/mayor-s-daily-community-br…/

COVID-19 UPDATE (43) Compassion and Empathy

It is Sunday, a traditional day of rest for most, except for our frontline workers. I have heard from many dedicated frontline workers. Their message is important, they are the front line. Here is their message to me. I wanted to share with you.

Their biggest fear is not being infected with the COVID-19 virus. They want to help and be there for us, in our time of need. They stand ready, they go to work, knowing their risk profile is so much higher than the average population. They know more about what the virus will do than most of us want to know. They put themselves in harm's way for you. No this is what they fear the most.

Their biggest fear.......bringing it home to their family, their spouse, their children. Stop and reflect on this for a few moments. It is not only frontline workers in harm's way, it is their very own families because of their profession. These dedicated professionals deserve our full attention and full support. Please have Compassion and Empathy for them and their families.

Please don't be that person in a media story that says after the fact, "I didn't follow the rules, I know I should have, I got sick, please don't do what I did, I was so sick, you need to take this seriously" That is not the message or story we want to hear.

If someone you know has tested positive, please don't shun them or cast shade. They need our support more than ever. Please have Compassion and Empathy for them and their families.

Compassion and empathy is a strength and guidance for staying the course of looking after everyone else.

On this traditional day of rest, stop and think of our frontline workers and their families. Your Compassion and Empathy for them is a show of respect.

COVID-19 update (42) Be mad at us if nothing happens!

Seems like a strange headline don't you think?

Here in North Bay, we are one of the leaders in the Province with the lowest positive cases per capita. Thanks to you, our community.

I am starting to get messages, "well our cases are low and the rules are too harsh or stupid or uncalled for" or " what's a campfire going to hurt, friends or family stopping over you gone too far and on and on, time to lighten up" A common theme.

Well to those that believe this, it is ok to be mad at us and say we over reacted. We are not naive and we do understand your feelings. However, if you believe we over reacting and nothing is happening,

That is what we want to happen...........NOTHING!

The reason these protocols are in place because it is sound scientific advice and the right thing to do.

We have come too far to stop now. Our frontline workers and our community are asking you respectfully, to keep following the protocols.

This is in the DNA of our community..........looking out for one another, community spirit and supporting one another. Be proud North Bay, you are making a difference and the Province is noticing.

COVID-19 Update (41) Doing Great North Bay!

With the warmer weather upon us, we can't let our guard down now, we have come too far to go backwards and start over. You are doing great!

With the warmer weather here is a reminder.

The City’s playgrounds and other outdoor recreational amenities, including basketball and tennis courts, the off-leash dog park, picnic tables, benches are closed. The main reason for this, is we can't keep you safe. We don't have resources to maintain and keep sterilized to protect you and your family.

Parks, trails and open spaces remain available to the public to walk through, but users must continue to practice physical distancing, not gather or have activities in the park.

Please stay home but if you need to go out for exercise, walk your pet or strengthen your mental health, please physical distance, use hand sanitizer, not gather, stay away from busy places, don't touch common surfaces.

Residents who are going out for a walk can help even further staying within their neighbourhood.

Be Proud North Bay, you are leaders in Ontario. You have shown great respect to our frontline workers by keeping them safe so they will be there for us we we need them. Our community spirit and resolve has never stronger.

COVID-19 Update (40) Warmer Weather

In Northern Ontario, we look forward to this time of year to get outside to enjoy the nicer weather after being house bound all winter. It is a time when every thing seems to come alive.......................

This spring and summer we are asking you to stay home, physical distance, practice good hygiene, no unnecessary travel, not to gather to STAY alive..................................................

COVID-19 Update (39) Well Done North Bay......Please Don't Stop!

The latest Epidemiologic Summary ending April 19th at 2pm shows North Bay and area the lowest rate per 100,000 population.

We are # 1..............SO FAR, but that could change in a hurry if we let our guard down one little bit.

Out of respect to our front line workers, our seniors and our fellow citizens, please hang in there. It is too early for relaxation. Stay home, physical distance, good hygiene, no unnecessary travel.

We have been hearing the constant bad news the last 3 months, I hope this inspires all of us to keep going.

Stay united North Bay, let's show the Province and our Country what community spirit is all about.

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COVID-19 Update. Communications.

Keeping the channels of communication open with our citizens is so important and paramount through this pandemic and Provincial State of Emergency. Please be reassured that everyone is working closely together. It is my hope these briefs and updates are informative for you. As always, a shout out to our front line workers.

We have been hearing great feedback and appreciation in regards to how the city is communicating and assisting our citizens during these uncharted times. Thank you for all your messages, sharing your concerns and questions that you have. It is extremely helpful. The trending topics that you are hearing helps greatly.

Our website www.cityofnorthbay.ca is a great site to visit regularly for all updates. We also have critical links to community partners as well.

For the latest click on on website, click on municipal programs and services, then click on NEWS. You will find the latest updates on everything from a municipal level during this pandemic.

We strive to keep you informed and educated on the latest changes.

If you have any questions, please call our citizen hot line or send me a note.

COVID-19 Update (37) Hang in there!

Hey North Bay, you are doing well. We know it is not easy. Your efforts are truly making a difference. Please do not let your guard down, we have come too far to relax now. Stay home, physical distance, good hygiene and follow all the rules, that is what is needed. It is in each and everyone of you.

Credit and full marks to our citizens for following the medical professionals recommendations! This is a strong signal of respect and support to your fellow citizens and to our front line workers.

We want everyone to come through this pandemic and your continued support of one another is inspiring. Let's keep it going.

COVID-19 Update (36). North Bay COVID-19 Call Centre.

If you have any health questions or concerns in regards to COVID-19, our Health unit COVID-19 Call Centre opens at 9 am this morning and goes to 5pm. 705 474 1400. When prompted, choose COVID-19 call centre. They will answer your questions.

Telehealth Ontario is also available (24/7) at 1 866 797 0000 (TTY) 1 866 797 0007

If you are experiencing or have the following concerns depression, suicide and mental health, call Telehealth Ontario 1 866 531 2600 If you are struggling, please reach out.

All calls are strictly confidential

COVID-19 Update (35) In Appreciation.

A note to recognize those that are at the frontlines and in the face of high risk to themselves and their families, didn't waver. Most of citizens are safely staying home and following all the medical professionals recommendations, this was their way of saying thank you and supporting our frontline through their actions.

Still some unfortunately decided that the rules didn't apply them. Fortunately this is a small number. This group that thought or ignored the recommendations did raise the risk to others including and specifically our frontline.

Knowing this, our frontline workers went to work each and everyday. Day shifts, late afternoon shifts, over night shifts, you were there for us. You did not waver, you put yourselves out there for us, for our seniors and our vulnerable and homeless.

On behalf of all of us, Thank You!

COVID-19 Update (34) Mental Health

Please know, no one living in our lifetime has been through a pandemic of this magnitude. You are not alone. Staying home, self isolating, not seeing family and friends, being able to shake hands or hug someone, losing your job is definitely stressful and hard on our mental health. I have reached out to professionals in this field.

There are many credible organizations in our community. We are working on a broader plan for the community.

In the meantime, please reach out to the North Bay Health unit at 705 474 1400. They will answer your call 7 days a week (yes even Sat and Sun) 9am to 5pm.

If you know of someone struggling, please reach out to them and give them this number.

Thank you to our frontline workers, who are there for us 24/7. Hang in there, there is help available for everyone.

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COVID-19 Update (33) Economic Recovery Readiness.

First priority;

From day one, our entire focus was the safety of our citizens. Council/City Staff/Community partners are all working together strongly to keep you safe. We are delivering groceries for our senior citizens, we set up a "are you ok" program for seniors and a hotline for our citizens that might have questions. Safety needs to be the collectively we, as citizens play an even larger role in role in safety. We appreciate and support all our front line workers.

Second priority

Council passed a motion giving a tax deferral and waiving penalties and interest on Tax and Water bills for those that need assistance. If you need help, please reach out to our staff. It is confidential. Council waived transit fees to assist our citizens and we worked with our community partners to set up the warming centre for our vulnerable and homeless in our community, now located at double rinks.

Third priority

Economic Recovery Readiness. Our local businesses were devastated by the pandemic protocols. People lost their employment and local businesses had to close their doors.

We set up a business hotline for business owners and have our economic development officers answering the telephones.
We continue to encourage everyone to shop local and set up a North Bay Proud-Shop Local page.

Economic recovery readiness planning started in earnest on Tuesday March 31st, so we could be strong out of the gate and prepared when we have the green light. We need the economy to recover asap. The first item was the webinar on readiness, with the MP, MPP and Mayor outlining the initiatives, programs and path forward to our business leaders. This was specifically focused on our business community and business leaders. We asked the business community to bring ideas and suggestions forward so we may be able to put them into action. Our message to the business community and community at large is planning for the future has begun post COVID -19. We did get positive feedback from all business sectors. City of North Bay - Economic Recovery Readiness
https://youtu.be/OHAbiOsJNCA

Our economic development, planning department, building and engineering departments are working at full capacity and everyone is working. The DART is operating. Staff are processing all applications and building permits. The Province has changed legislation and Council now can have public meetings on subdivision agreements and zoning changes in 25 days. We need to be ready without delay.

We are going ahead with RFPs for our capital projects so that when we get the green light, these projects will be shovel ready. This is will stimulate our local economy right out of the gate and create jobs locally. We need to be shovel ready and this is a sound thinking. Council and staff are aligned.

We are working on further readiness recovery programs with our partners at the Provincial and Federal levels and they will be announced in the near future. All 3 levels of government are working closely together.

City Council and City Staff will be prepared, have projects shovel ready and we are organized!

https://www.cityofnorthbay.ca/covid-19-information/covid-19-information-for-businesses/

COVID-19 Update(32) Unnecessary Travel. We need to look in the mirror!

1) The Easter weekend brought cottagers from southern Ontario to the north. The cottagers, looking for refuge from the urban centers drove up on masse to their cottages, mostly in the Muskoka area, but here too. Local governments have been warning and pleading for this not to happen, to no avail. Premier Ford and Therea Tan Canada's Chief Officer of Health warned individuals not to do this as well. Unfortunately people ignored this warning and request. These individuals put our citizens at a higher risk and strained rural resources. They stopped for supplies, gas, goods, groceries and yes bathroom breaks. This is the problem and a key area where the spread can happen.

2) We asked our citizens not to invite family and friends North for the Easter weekend and for our citizens not to travel to the south to visit. While I have no numbers to point to, we do know this happened on many fronts. Disappointing!

3) Hearing and seeing on social media, our citizens making plans with friends to go to SUDBURY COSTCO to shop. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What part of no unnecessary travel and supporting local business don't we get? How about our unwavering support in an effort to protect our frontline workers? What part of we need to take this seriously is lost? COME ON NORTH BAY, we need to be better than this.

4) The Premier extended the Provincial State of Emergency for another 4 weeks. This is sound. My wish was it was extended further.

OK here is our next problem. (Yes always looking into the future)

5) MAY LONG WEEKEND. If we are to be creditable in our fight to stop unnecessary travel of those down south to beautiful Northern Ontario at numbers that will make the Easter long weekend look like a kids small birthday party, the May long weekend MUST be our citizen's rally point. While I believe (but don't know for sure), that the Provincial State of Emergency will be extended, if we as Northerners continue to display the same careless regard to travel, HOW DO WE LOOK?
How do advocate to higher levels of government for measures to protect our citizens?
The question to our citizens is: do we sit around and wait quietly or do we all become local champions in our collective fight to save lives?

WE ASK OUR CITIZENS TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

COVID-19 Update (31). CITY UPDATE AND RECAP.

MOST VULNERABLE: In our collective efforts to support and house the vulnerable and homeless, we needed to move the shelter from the YMCA to Double Rinks because of capacity issues. This should take place Thursday. We looked at West Ferris arena and Memorial Gardens. Double rinks was chosen as the prefered site because we can use both surfaces to keep individuals further apart and for potential health reasons. West Ferris arena was not a preferred choice. Memorial Gardens MAY be needed should a COVID-19 catastrophic event happen so it was ruled out.

EMERGENCY PLANNING GROUP: This group is meeting regularly and the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday. WE ARE PREPARED. We have dedicated professionals from every sector here to assist.

COUNCIL/CITY STAFF/COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Everyone is working collaboratively and all are on the same page. Our community should be proud of these leaders. They are knowledgeable, engaged, dedicated and all have roles to fill and are doing an admirable job.

SENIORS:
We continue to support our seniors with grocery deliveries and the " Are you ok program"

CITIZENS:
We have set up a community hotline for you to call should you have any questions. Our staff will answer and assist Mon-Fri 830 to 430.
If you are struggling with finances, we have defered penalties and interest. Please give our staff a call and they will work with you. This is a confidential service. If you can, we encourage everyone to continue to pay their water and taxes.

OUR WEBSITE:
cityofnorthbay.ca has the latest information. Click on municipal services link on the COVID-19 pop up (it is the first screen you will see) and then click on NEWS. All the services and information that you may need about all our programs are there. It also has links to out community groups. It is a credible site to get educated and informed.

OUR STAFF:
Our staff have been redeployed and are working in rotating shifts (7 days a week during the day, evening and overnight) respecting all recommendations of physical distancing and following all health and safety protocols. They are dedicated and proud to serve our community. Additionally, many of projects that couldn't be done in the past, due to time pressures are getting done, during the transition of the season and thru redeployment. Our City Union has been extremely helpful, they are engaged and working very well with us during the redeployment and helping protect the health and safety of our employees. Unfortunately, we have limited temporary layoffs of casual and part time staff (appox 80) and we have suspended the hiring of summer students. These are temporary measures during the pandemic.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY READINESS (ERR):
We held an ERR webinar with our MP, MPP and Mayor to set the stage for the future.
We have set up a business hotline to assist our local businesses and Industry with our economic development staff answering the telephones. If you have any business questions, they would like to assist.
Our capital projects will go out to RFP and when we get the go ahead, we will be ready when the time clear.
Our business community partners are working together to assist business and entrepreneurs. This is wonderful to see
All our economic development, planning, building and engineering staff are all working on current projects and towards economic recovery readiness. They are processing all permits and applications in advance to assist in the recovery. The DART team is engaged and functioning.
Our goal is to be the first out of the gate, to come out strong and united when we get the green light. We will be ready.

OUR PRESENT CONCERNS; These haven't changed. We need everyone to follow all the recommendations of our healthcare professionals. Our frontline workers and our community deserve our respect and efforts to keep them safe so they can be there for us when we need them.

Canada: Closing in on 26K confirmed or presumptive Cases. Over 800 fatalities. 90% of deaths are those 60 and older.

COVID-19 Update (30) Community Spread.

The Health Unit announced 1 positive case Saturday and 1 Positive case Sunday from community spread. This is exactly what we didn't want to hear!!!!!!! (unfortunately community spread tells us it is among us). Those that don't respect the recommendations will put themselves at a extremely higher risk. Make no mistake about it, you are in harm's way. Those that continue to respect the recommendations will be at higher risk when they are out doing grocery shopping or other essential outings, SO MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER you need to protect yourselves and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone.

We have heavily communicated in the past 4 weeks, to physical distance, respect the 6 foot rule, wash your hands, don't touch surfaces, don't touch your face, no unnecessary travel, no visitors (family or friends), stay home, no gatherings whatsoever.

What we saw and heard from the Easter long weekend, was "some" visitors to our local community from other centres which is so unfortunate that individuals would be so SELFISH. Others within the community had visitors ( I can't understand why people would put themselves, their family members and the community at higher risk). UNACCEPTABLE This was not what we were hoping for. Our Frontline Workers deserve our full support and so does our community.

South of us, in Muskoka and cottage country, we heard reports of "large numbers" of cottagers from down south traveling north to open their cottages. We feel for this area as it would have put pressure on their resources in a more rural setting. The Premier's order for this not to occur is a strong signal, that people are not listening or respecting the order. DISAPPOINTING. The Premier's order was exactly the RIGHT call and we are fully supportive of the Premier's efforts

The next few days, will tell how we authored our story. PLEASE PLEASE STAY HOME.

COVID-19 Update April 12th

This is the 29th straight day of community briefings. I trust these community briefings are of assistance and are helpful to you and your family. Here is the MOST asked question in the past 24 hours:

MUNICIPAL STATE OF EMERGENCY. (MSOE)

Why doesn't North Bay called a (MSOE)?

BACKGROUND:
-As head of council, I have the authority to call a MSOE at any time under the act.
-The definition of a municipal state of emergency is spelled out in the Municipal Act and The Emergency Management and Civil Procedures Act

ADVICE:

Although the mayor can unilaterally call a MSOE, I rely on the advice our Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG) for advice and counsel. This group formed for the COVID-19 pandemic is made up of the Mayor, City CAO, Chief of Police, Chief of Fire, Medical Officer of Health and the CEO of the Hospital.

The advice from the EOCG as of Friday April 10, 2020, is a recommendation NOT to call a state of emergency. These are professionals across the sectors that give great insight for our community.

I have also consulted with our city solicitor on two different occasions regarding these matters for legal reasons and further definition of the act.

All are in agreement, that a MSOE not be called at "this time"

SO WHY NOT? While in reality and under law, it DOESN'T give us any extra power than we have now. I know and agree, municipalities should have more leeway on the act in an emergency.

The legal definition for us to realize: I can't put in place any restrictive measures that are CONTRARY TO LAW.
Example, a Head of Council will not have the authority to order a private business or service to cease operations or to close by virtue to having declared an emergency or order individuals to stay home unless the higher levels of government make law to that effect.

So why have other cities put MSOE in place. My research doesn't really give any insight to why other cities are doing this except that they called a MSOE and stated the very same things we have been saying and doing for the past 30 days already. Our Council has been leading the way for some time.

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Toronto ( they have more powers under the municipal act than every city in Ontario, a Discussion again for another day) and cities in other Provinces have different legislation powers than Ontario. People will contact me and say look at what BC or Quebec cities are doing or Toronto. Well they have different rules than the other 439 municipalities in Ontario. So if you see a city that passes a MSOE in another Province, they may have more power under their act than Ontario municipalities.

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The ACT is quite lengthy and very technical. You can find the Ontario Municipal Act online, if you wanted to review it. I have taken a few sections that I believe will be helpful but please know just looking at 1 paragraph and interpreting that specific wording doesn't really help or give accurate direction as with any legal document.

The Emergency Management and Civil Procedures Act lacks a mechanism for the enforcement of emergency orders issued by a municipality.

When should a municipality declare an emergency?

A municipal declaration of an emergency is at the discretion of the Head of Council.

Authority to Declare an Emergency

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) S. 4(1) states “The head of council of a municipality may declare that an emergency exists in the municipality or in any part thereof and may take such action and make such orders as he or she considers necessary and are not contrary to law to implement the emergency plan of the municipality and to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area.”

Reasons to Declare an Emergency
• A declaration of emergency provides the Head of Council the authority to take actions or make orders, which are not contrary to law, in order to protect the inhabitants in the area of the emergency.

Authorities When an Emergency is Declared

The declaration of an emergency in a municipality provides the Head of Council the ability to take actions and make orders that they consider to be necessary to protect the property, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area. These actions or orders cannot be contrary to law, which means that if the Head of Council doesn’t have the authority to do something, or to order something otherwise, an emergency declaration will not provide them with this authority.

The EMCPA s.4(3) requires the head of council to ensure that the Solicitor General is notified forthwith of a declaration made under subsection (1) or (2). R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9, s. 4 (3). This is generally done through phone call and faxed form to the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre.

What an Emergency Declaration Does Not Provide

An emergency declaration does not provide a Head of Council, nor anyone else in a municipality, with any extraordinary authorities that are not otherwise provided for in law. For example, a Head of Council will not have the authority to order a private business or service to cease operations or to close by virtue to having declared an emergency.

COVID-19 Update April 11th

It is in our hands North Bay to be the author of our own story. Is your story a one of saved lives or one of a buried family member or friend. You hold the pen, what are you writing?

Story lines of your choosing for SAVED LIVES:

- I grocery shop now every 2 weeks instead of 1
-I chose curb side or delivery everytime.
-I have spoken with my kids about the dangers
-I stayed home
-I did not touch any surfaces when I was out
-I did not touch my face today once
-I did not visit a friend or have a visitor over
-I never came within 6 feet of anyone
-I washed my hands way too many times
-I made noise for our frontline workers at 730
-I never gathered in any group regardless of size
-I stayed informed & educated on developments
-I shared the recommendations with friends/family
-I stayed positive and looked after my family
- I stayed calm
-I asked questions, if I wasn't sure
-I get my information from credible sources
- I didn't use loopholes to stay open
-I phoned a friend or family member to cheer them up
-I choose to follow all recommendations of doctors
-I support my community the best way I can.

Story lines of LOST loved ones or friends

-I did mostly of the above

Here is my story

SINCERELY

ME

PS:

EASTER Holiday will be our 1st HARD learned lesson a week from or NOT. Did you choose wisely?

WAR: COVID-19 has killed people than more than the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

NEW YORK CITY: Their 911 overwhelmed by panicked calls of voices of loved ones in declining health

DOCTORS: being force to choose who lives

GRAVE ERROR: Not following the recommendations of medical professionals then blaming everyone when things turn catastrophic.

LOST HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND: We lost a fellow classmate last week to COVID-19. He was a WILDCAT. He was 60 years old with wife and 3 daughters. He wanted to live! GODSPEED Ron.

COVID-19 Update April 10th

We have MAJOR concerns. Our concern is the 10% not following the recommendations that is a MAJOR WORRY for us. This 10% continue to gather, visit, travel, not physical distance or take this seriously. The window is closing rapidly to contain virus.

GOOD vs BAD: North Bay has fared well and people have been saying this this OVER and OVER this past week. The needed response is SO FAR!!!!!!!!
If someone says to you we are doing well as a community, you NEED to respond and say SO FAR.

Here is our challenge. While the community as a whole (90%) are doing their part, the 10% are still going about daily life here and saying "see it isn't dangerous" "Blown out of proportion" "Fear mongering" "people can't tell me what to do" " So what if I get it, I am healthy" "people are recovering".

If the (90%) start to hear & believe the (10%), then more will let their guard down. Human nature. DON'T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN NOW, The window of opportunity is shutting FAST. We can become an epicentre.

THE 10% (BREAKDOWN)

The 10%. We need to get this number lower. We will never get close to 100% compliance unless the Federal government invokes the " Measures Act" and even then, some will not. Let's breakdown the 10% into areas. The breakdown percentage can always be questioned and rightfully so, but for these purposes, please stay with me.

Non compliant Adults (2%) : We do have a segment of the population that absolutely refuses to follow recommendations. They are individuals that will never conform and unless drastic measures by Federal government, we won't be able to sway them anyways. If this is just 2% we will not focus here, we need to be "efficent" with our time and get to the other 8%.

Responsible Adults (3%). These are individuals that mostly follow the rules but may think it is ok every once and a while to invite a friend over, travel to another city "just once", invite family or friends up "just once", well you get the idea. Well that "once" is all it takes. This is a segment we can communicate to but it will take a lot of effort.

Youth (5%) I will group this altogether (5 to18 years old). Our children (5 to 12 years old) who are outside playing with their friends, don't know any better. We need the parents to take responsibility. The parents need to be our focus for communication. We need as a community to REALLY focus here. The parents need to hear this message. We have concentrated here for past 2 weeks, but with limited success.

The 13 to 18 year olds. We were all there once, invincible and knew better! Ok how do we reach this group. This generation is not reading this or following the news (I am saying generally of course because some do). More than likely, they are not on facebook but are on other social media platforms. We will need our youth leaders help on this. They can assist greatly here. The challenge is to engage this group. Easier said than done.

Our focus needs to be on PARENTS, RESPONSIBLE ADULTS and YOUTH LEADERS (13 to 18 bracket).If we are to reduce the 10%, our chances of success increase dramatically.

A call out to our YOUTH leaders here, please help
Use your social media channels to get the message out.
Our community can assist greatly on the parent side. PLEASE speak with friends and neighbours on the danger of kids being out, socializing with their friends, not physical distancing and gathering. This will help greatly and it is something you can do respectfully.

If we all work together to reduce this 10%, it is the greatest gift we can give our community and our FRONTLINE WORKERS.

COVID-19 Update: Reality of Today

With Easter on the doorstep and people staying home with no visitors, (while harsh and neccessary), it also brings the next week concerns to the forefront. We need to be planning today for the weeks ahead on the mental health side of life. STRESS....ANGER.... AND SOLUTIONS!

1) REALITY: You will need to understand and accept that stay at home/ physical distancing/ no unnecessary travel/no visitors/no family gatherings is the reality of today. We are in this for more weeks ahead. We don't know the timeline. Please know that. The sooner we accept it, the BETTER. If you are struggling, telephone a friend, family member, your church. People want to assist, please know that.

2) STRESS: Yes it is real and felt by everyone. Unemployment, businesses closed, people not following the rules, people not being respectful, shouting, supplies, health concerns and many more situations that most of us have not experienced so intensely. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If anyone says this is not stressful times.......(well I just won't answer that). Please know this is a natural part of the process. I am not a doctor, so that is as far as I will venture.

3) ANGER: Yes this starting to happen. We are hearing this across the city. We do need to address this. I will start with a extreme story and then let's talk about North Bay. In some countries, including commonwealth countries some citizens are lashing out at front line workers on busses and on the Street. I won't go into details but it is extremely difficult to hear the stories. It truly saddens me greatly. The very people putting their lives at risk for us!!!!!!!!!! In North Bay, our citizens are celebrating our frontline workers and that is the way it should be. SUPPORT OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS.

In North Bay, we know tempers are getting higher. Please understand that stress triggers different emotions in people. Please do not confront or raise your voice at others. This is not helpful. Some people will be rude, nothing we can do. We need everyone to take a deep breath and realize we are all in this together. This is an unfortunate part of life today.

SOLUTIONS; We need to get our citizens engaged. We need community leaders to help us. I know people want to help but who do you call? Without co-ordination, volunteer based groups struggle. Here is what I suggest as an idea. It is just one idea and there are just as many greater ideas out there. Citizens are sitting at home and thinking the worst, so many without supports.

MY ASK OF LEADERS: We have so many sectors out there and businesses offering free services to our citizens but it is difficult for the average person to find. There are many business groups, shop local etc. These by the most part are well organized and have good followings. Here is what I see we are lacking from my view.

If you are a certain sector in our community, Arts, culture, theatre, dance, Dental (my teeth hurt just mentioning this one), fitness, finance, Sports, Real Estate........ please reach out to your colleagues and see if you would all come together under one place on facebook. It just takes one leader of each sector to call their colleagues and competitors and come together. The idea is to offer free sessions, free classes, free seminars, free paint classes, free music classes, free whatever on line. Could be a live Q and A with professionals in your field. You get the idea.

Our challenge is, we just need ONLY ONE Leader (or Co-leaders) in each field to get a group together. If everyone does it separately, it won't work. Most sectors have associations, memberships and that would be a great place to start.

To make it easy for our citizens to find you, let us use the title NORTH BAY-XXXXXZ and show our pride as a community where leaders are standing up to assist citizens. Examples:

NORTH BAY-FITNESS
NORTH BAY-ARTS
NORTH BAY-MUSIC
NORTH BAY-DENTAL
NORTH BAY-FAITH

Our citizens have so many questions, so many needs, need to get exercise, to reduce stress. We need you more than ever

COVID-19 Update - Top 5 Trends of Concern we are hearing:

1) CHILDREN- Playing with their friends outside. This has to stop. Please parents educate and inform your most precious family members. They don't understand how serious this is. Can you imagine how devastated they would be, if they learned they passed the virus onto you or a sibling and god forbid, something tragic happened?

2) EASTER- They only person allowed to visit this Easter weekend, is the EASTER BUNNY. Council has passed a resolution to allow this to happen. DO NOT travel to visit family or have family visit North Bay. This would have devastating consequences for our community.

3) TRAVEL- No unnecessary travel allowed! Stay home, do not visit family members in other cities and no visitors from other cities to your home. Still hearing people considering this. Please Don't

4) LOOPHOLES - Hearing stories of businesses and citizens finding loop holes in Provincial legislation on essential services-businesses. Please do not do this. That yard project or Reno can wait. Do not pressure your contractor or service provider to do work. If you are a business and you found a loophole to stay open, we ask that you don't. We will be there to support you when we get the green light.

5) SMALL STORES- We are hearing about line ups where people are not 6 feet apart or the clerk is not protected. Please make sure this doesn't happen. If you get gas, pay at the pump, use a Q-tip to punch in your code. Do not go inside. There isn't much space and you are at risk.

Our community and frontline workers need you more than ever to do your part. It will save lives

COVID-19 Update: Today's message is ALL positive as we need to recognize leadership in our community.

1) Our frontline workers. You have been there since day 1 and we know you are worried just like us. You have stood tall in the face of danger, ready to help. You did not waver in this time of great need and uncharted times. Your service is inspiring.......THANK YOU

2) To our citizens: You took this seriously, you practiced all the recommendations, you took this seriously, shared messages and helped others along the way. You have respectfully asked questions, provided ideas and solutions to the challenges we all faced......THANK YOU

3) Our local media. Your constant attention to the pandemic and getting the message out has been so important. Many of you have given us time on your outlets, on air and pages to assist us. You have allowed me to be focused on the pandemic and allowed others to pick up the interviews that I normally do. We still have a ways to go but with your help and assistance we making a difference.......THANK YOU

4) Our businesses and industry: You have been hit hard but you still donate and volunteer for our community. We will be there to support today, tomorrow, next week, next month and years ahead. Our citizens will not forget your efforts. Please hang in there so we can show you our support in the future. We will be there for you........THANK YOU

5) Our not for profits: You have made it your mission to support our citizens when it really mattered. Helped our vulnerable, served them dinners, supplied food, provided shelter & comfort.You have helped so many. We noticed & we are so appreciative.......THANK YOU

6) Our Community: Our resolve and our deep culture to assist one another has never been stronger. The North Bay community has shown the world what
compassion, resiliency and kindness really means. You have responded well in difficult times. You bent but did not break..........THANK YOU.

We are still not at the finish line. While others are trying to flatten the curve, our goal is to eliminate it. Please stay focused and stronger than ever. We are not there yet, let's not let our guard down for one second. Lives depend on it.

COVID-19 Update April 6th

Two major themes I am hearing that are trending in our city. We need your assistance in getting the message out.

1) OUR FUTURE:

Parents: Please take the time to inform and educate your children (we were all young once and we all believed we were invincible). Please have the heart to heart conversation, that their actions will determine the safety of their own families and our community. If they are out, hanging with their friends, not physical distancing and gathering, they are putting your families health at risk. As a parent, I know you want all the best for them and you want them safe. Having this conversation is SO SO IMPORTANT. It is happening in our city and people are noticing. Please help us.

Teachers: We value you and the students look up to you. With on line classes that have started today, could you take 10 minutes and reinforce the messages from our healthcare professionals. I know how much you care about the students and your message will assist parents. I would like to thank those teachers that delivered that message today and encourage others to do the same. The message just can't be once, it NEEDS to be repeated and repeated. Thank you in advance for all you are doing to keep our students, their families and our community safe.

2) EASTER

We are hearing that people are asking about family dinners for Easter. Some want to invite their family members up from down south or other parts of the Province OR are considering traveling themselves to locations in other parts of the Province. JUST FOR EASTER. I can't encourage you more, DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!
If this happens, the risk of virus spread goes up tremendously. PLEASE PLEASE DON'T. Our frontline workers and our whole community will be under attack to be very blunt. Celebrate at a later date when the medical officer has given us the green light. We want you to celebrate Easter for many years ahead but by doing so this year, there is NO guarantee you or your family members will be there in the years ahead.

The safety of our citizens is in your hands.Our frontline workers need your support and we thank them for being there for us. We also thank our citizens that are taking this seriously and following the recommendations to a "T"

Stay safe everyone

COVID-19 Update April 5th

Sunday morning brings more news of deaths around the world including our own country. We have the ability to" reduce" deaths in our own community very effectively and it is in entirely in our own hands. The key word here is REDUCE.

If we don't follow these laws and recommendations, it is a GRAVE MISTAKE.

It is Sunday: Please practice these religiously

STAY HOME:
-not allowing anyone to visit ( having even 1 person over), defeats the whole purpose. This includes having their kids friends visit or allowing your kids to visit other families.

-Please educate your kids! They may not be taking this seriously or even being informed (yes even given the attention regarding the pandemic). DO NOT take for granted that they understand the gravity of the situation. As a parent, it is YOUR responsibility to protect your children. By not having this heart to heart conversation, you are putting their lives and others in danger.

-You can go for a walk but make sure to practice the 6 feet rule (even 10 feet). Exercise is still important for physical and mental health. Do not touch any surfaces! Make sure to respect everyone's space and if you feel there are too many people in a area and even though there is room for 6 feet, pick another location. Please respect that couples or family units are out there and may be walking together. Until we are ordered to stay in by the Federal government, this is deemed low risk.

-Do not leave your house unless it is absolutely neccessary like groceries, medical or emergencies. Be aware of distancing, surfaces, hands to your face. When we say do not leave house, it doesn't mean you can't be in your yard or on your deck or a walk. It means don't go where people are.

-Support local business and have them deliver or if you have to go, make sure they have curb service. Our staff will deliver groceries to our seniors or those without means of transportation

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

- We used to say Social distancing but "they" have changed the wording now to physical distancing. To reduce risk, this means a minimum of 6 feet apart.

-ALWAYS, ALWAYS stay 6 feet apart,, more if you can.

GOOD HYGIENE

- Wash your hands often- don't touch your face - don't touch any surfaces-carry sanitizer with you.

SIMPLE
-Anything less than the above is UNACCEPTABLE

-These are very SIMPLE rules to follow to SAVE lives.

-Our frontline workers are depending on you, they are risking their lives for us.

-By not following these rules we are hurting the very people wanting to help us.

COVID-19 Update April 3rd.

For the past three weeks, I have been telling everyone to STAY HOME for their safety. As Mayor, I needed to be at my office to work with our senior staff to make sure all the measures were in place to help protect our citizens and our staff. Your safety was priority one and still is.

My council and our staff have been leaders in the municipal world and I can't thank them enough. North Bay you should be proud of this team. I am so proud to work with these women and men and I have seen first hand the dedication.

The decisions made to protect and support our community have shown leadership, initiative, collaboration and have lead all municipalities in decision making on issues regarding COVID-19. That is inspiring.

I have declined many requests or calls unless it was critical to COVID-19. Many councilors stepped in to do interviews on the vast range of city services allowing me to work with senior staff on the most important issue of safety. I thank them for filling in these trying times. I am sorry to those that I didn't speak with. It was important for this team to be focused on the job at hand. Safety of our citizens was paramount.

As we all know, these are stressful times. This picture was taken at 6 pm tonight (Friday) and was the last meeting this group will have in person until we get the approval from our healthcare professionals to meet again unless it is an emergency.

Leadership is showing the way and with all the measures now put in place (even though I truly want to be at the office), I can't justify why I should be there now when I can work from home. Our senior team will work mostly if not entirely work remotely.

As you have seen my posts and interviews lately have been more blunt and to the point.

We need to STAY HOME and allow our frontline workers to do their jobs because they can't stay home with their families. This is the biggest gift we can give them and the most important.

If you are are a parent, please please educate your children regardless of age, how important it is for them to stay home with you as the temptation to visit with friends is strong. Your parential encouragement and skills is so important today. If you really care and( I know you do), it is time for that heart to heart conversation.

I will work from home and I continue to serve with all my abilities. I will be connected with the senior staff and council at all times. Our council meetings with be done thru zoom and the public and media will be able to access and watch all council meetings. We are all in this together.

The future will be decided by you, the community. If we want to SAVE LIVES, join with me and STAY HOME.

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COVID-19 Update: Community Hotline

Full credit to Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch for this idea and for working with our staff to get it implemented.

The City of North Bay’s Customer Service Centre is operating as a community hotline for residents looking information and services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number to call is 705-474-0400 (after greeting: press 2) email customerservice@cityofnorthbay.ca

Staff will assist callers in accessing City of North Bay programs and services, direct them to important sources of information and help them connect with other community or government supports.

The Customer Service Centre is operating Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Update April 1st

I have been getting calls from individuals that "SOME" are not following the Healthcare professionals Directives. This is UNACCEPTABLE. I ask everyone, if you believe in this message, please share. Your voice is SO important.

Anything less than 6 feet for social distancing is UNACCEPTABLE.

A gathering of more than 5, is not a recommendation or directive any more...….IT IS THE LAW.

If you are not an essential worker: STAY HOME

Our playgrounds are closed because we can't insure your safety due to the COVID 19 virus. Do not use them. IT IS THE LAW.

Everyone Monday, Wednesday and Friday, MooseFM has donated and set aside 5 minutes at 8:20 am for us to bring the community update on COVID-19. Please tune in and hear the latest.

Thank you to the 99% of citizens doing their part to keep frontline workers safe by staying home

Thank you to everyone publicly thanking our frontline workers, they NEED to know you stand with them.

I would like to thank COGECO Your TV for donating studio space and doing regular interviews via SKYPE

I would like to thank CTV and Tony Ryma for having me as a regular guest to update our community.

I would like to thank Mike Monaghan and MooseFM for their outstanding service by having me on their morning show 3 times per week to get the message out.

If you are a senior or need assistance because you don't have a vehicle, we will deliver to you groceries to your door. Please call or email Crystal at 705-474-0626, ext. 2329, or crystal.Mcleod@cityofnorthbay.ca.

We have set up a Business Hotline number for any business that have questions or need assistance with the ever changing information. Call 705-474-0626 x 2417, or email to invest@investinnorthbay.ca. Both are being monitored Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

For Seniors: The "Are You Ok" Program is a daily telephone reassurance program provided by the Golden Age Club in partnership with the City of North Bay. Any senior or family member/friend that knows of a senior that this would assist please call 705-499-1732 to sign up.

Today and everyday lost to inaction is unforgivable. Please do your part.

COVID-19 Update March 31st

If you are over 70, if you have underlying health conditions or your close family members that have underlying health conditions, our staff will deliver groceries directly to you. We need to protect you: STAY HOME

Unless you are an essential worker: STAY HOME

If you need anything, please support local business, pharmacies, restaurants, stores they will deliver: STAY HOME

If you don't have a car to get groceries, our staff will deliver: STAY HOME

If you want to save lives of family, your friends and neighbours : STAY HOME

If you really care and want to show your support to our Frontline workers: STAY HOME

If you want Police, Fire, EMS, Doctors, Nurses to be there when it is absolutely critical: STAY HOME

If you can work from home: STAY HOME

There are people out there trying to assist you and keep you safe. All they ask of you is to: STAY HOME

Any other action, is putting lives at risk. Our community spirit has a deep culture of helping one another.

Our community has responded well.

We need you more than ever, do your part: STAY HOME

COVID-19 Update March 28th

It is early Saturday morning and time to reflect on the past week. I would like to start with a salute to all our Doctors, nurses, EMS, Police, Fire, grocery store clerks and all frontline workers. You have been there for us. We notice and appreciate your willingness to be in risks way to support us. Thank you!


A special & important salute to all our citizens that have embraced & are vocal in support of following the advice of our medical professionals, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres, good hygiene and staying home. If we want to save lives, it it in the hands of every member of our community. Our community culture as been one of looking after one another, now is the time to step up. You have done this and your continued support of our community is more critical than ever. Not taking this seriously is a GRAVE mistake.

HOWEVER we recognize there are a few in our city that are not following the recommendations and that is the case right across the country. I do get the messages, emails and calls about this. In few cases, people will demand city council ban, fine, order, arrest or some cases other inappropriate demands. REALITY: WE CAN'T. We don't have this power. Some will blame city council. I want to say to them publicly, I am proud of this council & our city staff. They have taken measures that other cities are just catching up on. That is leadership, in fact, the decisions made to date, have lead the country. They will never get recognition. That is ok but it is important for everyone to know, they have your best interests at heart. OK then......What can we do as citizens in this case about this? Well honestly not a lot. You can assist by REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT the message to follow medical professionals advice, stay home, physical distance 2 meters, practice good hygiene. That is something. To publicly shame is not helpful and not going to work. This is a small community, people will remember those that did not heed this advice. Our citizens will see these individuals as having poor judgement, being uncaring and putting others at risk. DON'T be this person that is viewed in this light.

The City and Community Partners are all working extremely well together, putting actions in place, constantly adjusting to the ever changing landscape that this pandemic poses. There are no egos, stomping of feet or harsh words. No silos. No talking behind backs. Everyone has been AMAZING! Our community needs to know, more than ever, everyone is collaborating, co-operating, sharing and providing resources between themselves. They care about you and our community.

I will recap some of the steps taken to date this week and explain why they are important steps. It will not be a complete list as it is long and complex and I am sure to miss a few.
1) Restrict access to city facilities: The sole purpose of this is to protect the essential workers we need to operate the water plant, waste water plant, senior decision makers, maintain water/sewer infrastructure, protect personnel that provide public protection (Police, Fire, EMS). I believe you get the idea.

2) Close arenas and take out the ice. We may need these facilities if the worst comes to bear. People have been suggesting we use these facilities for this or that. I know some may disagree but you need to trust the decision made by our emergency response team made up of discipline across all community partners including medical professionals, Police, Fire, EMS, Senior staff and emergency logistics are among the leaders

3) Waive interest, penalties, defer payments to assist business and citizens. This is a good responsive step. A few will say we should waive taxes or water bill's entirely or even reduce (as a tax payer I would like this too), it is not an option really as the cities operating costs are rising faster in a pandemic situation. This really is our only source of revenue. If we dont have revenue to provide services and eat thru our reserves too quickly, we will be in a very difficult position at the end of the pandemic. We need to stretch out finances over a longer period of time to be responsible. We encourage those that need assistance to reach out to our staff, at the same time if you can pay, we need to ongoing revenue to support the services in place and provide safe drinking water.

4) We set up a Business Hotline to assist our local businesses. The Business Services Hotline is for our companies that wish to connect with a staff representative. The hotline number is 705-474-0626 x 2417, or email to invest@investinnorthbay.ca. Both are being monitored Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. I encourage everyone to support local business and if you order something on line, choose a local business to make that purchase.

5) Homelessness. Our city staff, DNSSAB, Mary Davis and her group and community partners have put in place many initiatives to assist our vulnerable population to date and have further steps and actions taking place every single day. I realize some in our community want to know every step or may believe more needs to be done (collectively we all believe this too including the group above), they are working flat out to assist our vulnerable population. This is a complex situation. They have the expertise and we need to give them the space to make decisions neccessary. I will defer to them as we did with the roundtable. They know what they are doing. MORE TO COME.

6) Are you ok program. To assist our seniors. If you know of a senior that that could use this program and/or to help put at ease families that are concerned for a family member or friend or neighbour ***NEW UPDATED NUMBER 705-499-1732**

The "Are You Ok" Program is a daily telephone reassurance program provided by the Golden Age Club in partnership with the City of North Bay. Call 705-499-1732 to sign up. Enrolled seniors receive a daily call from a voice-activated computer program to check on their well-being. I would like to recognize Councilor Bill Vrebosch for his leadership in working with our staff and the Golden Age Club on this program. More announcements to come Monday on other initiatives.

7) No fee transit. This helps our citizens and keeps our bus drivers safer

In conclusion, we know tomorrow will bring surprises and nasty turns but also hope and stronger community resolve. More will be done, criticism will be rampant, leaders will be leaders and leaders will continue to lead strongly and make sound decisions. Our community will come closer together than ever. In the end, know all leaders are human too and they need your support. We are all in this together and the outcome is in all our hands.

Mayor Al McDonald

COVID-19 Update March 27th

Our Doctors, nurses, EMS, Police, fire, ambulance and front line workers are doing their part. They are out there in harms way making a difference for you. Every individual in our community plays the most important role. If you don't follow the medical professionals advice to social distance, stay home if possible, practice good hygiene and never go to work if you are sick, will put lives at risk. It is that simple, we need you to do your part

Community update on COVID-19 March 26th

Please stay informed, educated and calm. City Council, City Staff and all our community partners are working together but we need your help. We need everyone in the city to follow our medical professionals advice, social distance, practice good hygiene and stay home if possible. We need the community to embrace these recommendations. You will play the most important role of all.

COMMUNITY UPDATE March 25th

We are prepared. I would like the community to know, we are completely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are programs that are out of our jurisdiction, all those within our jurisdiction have been closely reviewed. Our team here at the city is working night and day, to serve you. We are truly doing our best thru these uncharted times. We are working closely with our community partners. We will be making further announcements to help ease the strain on our citizens, to demonstrate we are here for you as a municipal government.
I apologize in advance for not responding or returning your calls in regards to a road, sidewalk or similar concerns during the pandemic. If it isn't COVID -19 related, I just can't take the time to be pulled in a different direction or lose focus. I am sorry for this. HOWEVER, if it is a safety concern regarding our infrastructure absolutely call our public works dispatch at 705 474 4340, they are there 24/7 to assist and send a crew out. If you have questions, please call us at 705 474 0400, we have staff available. Please be patient as we have limited staff to follow the advice of our medical professionals.

Our council and staff are dedicated and here to serve our citizens. Please stay tuned as we roll out programs to assist our citizens. I ask you to share these new programs with your friends and family when they are announced. This way we can get the word out faster.

Again........please please take this COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Stay home if you can, social distance, practice good hygiene and follow the advice of our medical professionals. We are all in this together and your actions will determine what happens in our community

UPDATE March 23rd

The Province today stated they will order all non-essential businesses to close (we will know tomorrow what the legal definition of a "non essential" means). This will address a lot of concerns I have been hearing from residents asking why doesn't the city declare a state of emergency and close down non-essential businesses, order people to stay home, self isolate, fine people not observing safe distancing and many other related concerns. A municipality in Ontario even with a "State of Emergency declared" does not have the power or jurisdiction to close businesses, malls or order people to stay home. We can strongly encourage, which we have been doing. I will conclude, we MUST as a community, follow the advice of medical professionals, practice social distancing, good hygiene, stay home, stay informed and educated. Our team here at city hall is doing everything we can, we ask our citizens to follow the rules to help protect all of us.