The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is warning residents of the West Parry Sound District after seven cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday.

The seven cases were part of a spike of eight recorded in the region, which included one case in Nipissing.

It was the highest single-day spike in cases the Health Unit has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 is in our district and we need to act now to slow the spread and save lives,” stated  Dr. Jim

Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “When you feel unwell, no matter how small the symptom might be, you need to self-isolate immediately and arrange to be tested. By self-diagnosing symptoms as something other than COVID-19 you are potentially putting your loved ones and the community at risk of COVID-19. We need to think about the bigger picture and make the decision to stay home.”

There are now 18 active cases of COVID-19 in the region, of which 13 are in the Parry Sound District.

The region’s total case count now sits at 109.

Written by Bradley Aubin