The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has declared a respiratory outbreak in corridor three of the North Bay Jail.

The Health Unit says the causative agent is COVID-19.

They are working with the North Bay Jail, the Ministry of the Solicitor General and North Bay Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre to support with outbreak protocols, including testing, preventatives measures, and case and contact management.

The Health Unit says individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are currently self-isolating while individuals deemed to be at high-risk have been contacted.

As part of the outbreak interventions and preventative measures, COVID-19 testing for staff and inmates of the North Bay Jail is in progress.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General will be offering inmates their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or first dose for individuals who have not yet received their vaccine.

“As we are well aware, the local COVID-19 situation changes rapidly. We will have a better understanding of the situation at the North Bay Jail once we received all the COVID-19 test results,” says Dr. Jim Chirico Medical Officer of Health. “In collaboration with the North Bay Jail and the Ministry of the Solicitor General, we will work diligently to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the facility.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General posts information on actives cases in correctional facilities across the province, including the North Bay Jail.

The Health Unit says anyone with a loved one affected by the outbreak that would like to learn more is asked to contact the facility directly.