The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reported three new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and five resolved as of Monday afternoon.
The three cases, first reported Monday morning, are all from Nipissing District and are associated with an ongoing outbreak.
The individuals are described as a person between 40 and 59 years of age, another between 60 and 79 years of age and a person 80 years of age or older.
All three are isolating at home.
The new cases brought the health unit district’s active COVID-19 case count up to 35 from 32 Friday afternoon.
The five resolved cases, which were reported in the health unit’s afternoon update, include four from Nipissing District and one from Parry Sound District – the health unit typically provides two COVID-19 updates on Mondays, one at 10 a.m. and another at 3 p.m.
This has brought the health unit’s active case count down to 30. Of those, 26 are in Nipissing District and four are in Parry Sound District.
There are now four people in hospital, including two each in Nipissing and Parry Sound districts.
Positive cases recorded by the health unit involve those who have a permanent address in the district, including students attending a post-secondary institution if they live in the area most of the time at the time of diagnosis.
Some cases associated with the Skyline Lancelot Apartments outbreak, namely those related to visitors or non-residents, may involve people who do not live in the health unit district, but are still included in the overall case count.
The health unit has not specified how many of the active or resolved cases related to Lancelot Apartments involve residents, visitors and non-residents.
The new and resolved cases in Nipissing District correspond with an increase in cases at Skyline Lancelot Apartments on Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.
The health unit reported three new cases, all involving residents, associated with the apartment building outbreak, which was declared earlier this month.
Another two cases were reported as resolved Monday morning, bringing the active case count up to 14 from 13 Friday afternoon.
By Monday afternoon, the health unit added another two resolved cases, bringing the active case count down to 12.
To date, the outbreak has resulted in 41 total cases, including 35 residents and six visitors or non-residents.
Six more people have received a preliminary positive test for a COVID-19 variant of concern for a total of 26.
To date, only one case has been confirmed to be the South African variant B.1.351. It remains the health unit’s only confirmed case of a variant strain.
One more person is in hospital in relation to the outbreak for a total of two, while a resident of the building, a 75-year-old retired Ontario Provincial Police officer, died last week.
The health unit declared an outbreak at the long-term care home Cassellholme Home for the Aged in North Bay late Friday after 13 people, none of whom are residents, tested positive for COVID-19, including one person who received a preliminary positive test for a variant of concern.
On the weekend, Cassellholme released a statement saying 10 essential caregivers, who had tested positive Feb. 16, were being reassessed. Of those, seven had retested negative, with arrangements being made to retest the remaining three.
The long-term care home confirmed two staff members received positive, low COVID-19 detection results and have retested negative. One caregiver also tested positive earlier this month.
The residents those individuals care for were immediately moved into isolation and tested, with all confirmed negative for COVID-19, the statement said.
No one is currently allowed in to Cassellholme, including essential caregivers who have negative results.
The Nugget reached out to the health unit for comment on the negative test results, but did not receive a response before its afternoon COVID-19 update was released.
“It is unsettling, to say the least, that we find ourselves in this outbreak situation,” the statement from Cassellholme said.
“Let’s continue to support one another and stay safe. We will keep you informed as we receive information from both the province and the health unit.”
There have now been 261 total cases of COVID-19 in the health unit district. This includes 170 in Nipissing District, including the one death from Lancelot Apartments, and 91 in Parry Sound District, which includes one death from last year.
A total of 97,524 tests have been completed to date.