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COVID-19 outbreak at Callander Bay Church

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An area church community is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s website shows five cases are associated with an outbreak at Callander Bay Church, which was declared on Monday, Oct. 4th.

Shannon Mantha, Executive Director of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, says all high-risk contacts have been notified. 

“Close contacts were notified very quickly and follow-up was done very quickly thanks to the great work and cooperation of the location.  And as we always say if we identify there is a COVID-19 risk to the public we will let the public know through a news release and other channels,” she says. 

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Mantha also reported ten cases of COVID-19 among children in school or childcare since the beginning of the school year.

“However it’s good news that no outbreaks have been declared locally, meaning we have not seen transmission of COVID-19 within the school or childcare setting,” she says. 

With Halloween approaching, the Health Unit says it’s still too soon to offer up recommendations.  

“We’re still reviewing trends and we’re still looking at what the full effect of the return-to-school will be.  As well, we need to see what the impact is after the Thanksgiving long weekend,” says Dr.Carol Zimbalatti, Public Health Physician.  “We will be developing some suggestions and guidance in the coming weeks.” 

As of Thursday morning, there have been 25 cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.

The Health Unit says since June 1st, 65 percent of cases were among people who were not vaccinated while 22 percent were partially vaccinated.  

Thirteen percent were fully vaccinated. 

Andrea McLellan, Director of COVID-19 Immunization Strategy, says the provincial vaccination goal is to reach 90 percent of the eligible population by the end of December. 

“Locally, I’m hoping in December.  Based on the uptake that we’ve had over the last little while and with the success of our mobile clinic and being able to get to some of those areas we don’t historically have the ability to get to, I think December is a reasonable target,” McLellan says. 

Between September 4 and October 4, 2021, the mobile vaccine clinic has administered 1,984 doses of COVID-19 vaccine; 848 first doses, 1,080 second doses and 66 third doses to those eligible.

As of October 6, 2021, at 3 pm, 85 percent of residents 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 79 percent of residents 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated. To reach the provincial target of 90 percent of eligible individuals to be fully vaccinated, the Health Unit’s district needs 5,746 people who have not been vaccinated to be fully vaccinated and 6,698 people who already have their first dose to get their second dose.

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