Edgewater resident fears outbreak in building – The North Bay Nugget

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A resident at the Edgewater apartment building is afraidhis building will be the next COIVD-19 hot spot.

The resident, who asked The Nugget not to use his real name to keep his identity secretfor fear of reprisal, said last Saturday there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Edgewater.

Staff from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unitwasat the building Friday, swabbing residents and administering COVID-19 vaccines.

The resident says he, too,was swabbed and received his second dose.

Hesaid this is how the outbreak at theSkyline Lancelot Apartments on Lakeshore Drivestarted. That outbreak, which was reported in February and was resolved in March,led to 45 cases and three deaths.

One case is too many, he said. This is on top of the bed bug problem we have here, which is still right out of control.

The resident, who has suffered a couple of strokes and a heart attack, said there are 148 people who live in the Lakeshore Drive apartment building, which is operated by District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.

People in here are angry he said.

What is equally upsetting, he said, is that there seems to be a lack of communication.

We have to wait four to 10 business days to get results from the covid swab. If this spirals out of control . . . then what?

Hesays hes worried the Edgewater will become the next Lancelot.

Im praying to God theres no more cases, but I highly doubt it. Some of the people who live in this building are floor surfers, others dont wear masks and some are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot, he said.

One or two positive cases usually is the start of a cluster.

Emails to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit were not returned by deadline.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit confirms COVID-19 testing is being offered by the North Bay Regional Health Centres COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Edgewater Apartments because the health unit has identified a higher risk of exposure in the building.

An outbreak has not been declared in the building.

Board chairman Mark King said Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were on site Friday afternoon conducting testing and administering vaccinations.

He said there are ongoing problems with some tenants surrounding bed bugs, which were also being dealt with.

A number of senior staff are on site.

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