The North Bay Public Health Unit is reporting a second death associated with the COVID-19 Community Outbreak at Skyline – Lancelot Apartments. The individual tested positive for COVID-19 with a preliminary positive result for a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC).

“I am deeply saddened by this news. My thoughts are with the individual’s family and friends,” shares Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “I cannot imagine what the families and friends of these individuals are going through. While we are all very fatigued with continued public health measures, we must work together as a district to help prevent this from happening to anyone else. I cannot stress this enough, stay home and save a life.”

The Health Unit says its district is experiencing an increase in VOCs, which they add is particularly worrying as VOCs spread more easily than the original coronavirus.

“The best way for individuals to protect themselves against all strains of COVID-19 is to continue taking all COVID-19 precautions seriously and to continue with these measures even once they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.” says the release.

“If we don’t continue precautions and follow public health measures to prevent a surge of COVID-19 Variants of Concern then measures such as prolonged lockdowns or school closures could be required, which can have profound harmful effects on children and youth and people experiencing poor mental health, violence or addictions,” states Dr. Chirico.

If you are experiencing challenges with your mental health, alcohol or substance use, or intimate partner violence, please see the Health Unit’s website for a list of local resources. If you don’t have access to the internet, please call their call centre to get information on resources.