The COVID-19 outbreak at Chartwell Barclay House Retirement Home has been declared over.  

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reports all 43 individuals associated with the outbreak are considered resolved.  

“It is clear that the COVID-19 vaccine works,” says Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “The Barclay House outbreak took place in a location where individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness live, but the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 did not experience severe illness. I largely attribute the mild symptoms of COVID-19 to vaccinations.” 

Dr. Chirico says he’s not certain that if we had a similar outbreak last year that the outcome would have been as favourable.

The Health Unit says with two outbreaks in the district yet to be declared over and the holiday season fast approaching, the public is reminded to continue to practice COVID-19 public health measures. 

Those include physical distancing, wearing a face-covering indoors, washing or sanitizing hands often and being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.