The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit apologized Thursday after revealing there was a privacy breach that resulted in the personal information of patients tested for COVID being posted online.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Belvedere Heights in Parry Sound, the health unit said Friday in a news release.

"The two individuals who tested positive are staff at the long-term care home," the release said. "The individuals are currently in isolation. No residents at Belvedere Heights have tested positive for COVID-19."

"Our staff are working with Belvedere Heights to provide important public health direction,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, medical officer of health. “It is important that we do our best to keep our older and more vulnerable individuals safe.

"We remind everyone in our district to continue to practise physical distancing, use a face covering when distancing is a challenge, use proper coughing, sneezing and hand washing etiquette, and isolate when having symptoms or if they have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19.”

It is important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms, the health unit said. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

"The public needs to remain cautious," the release said. "If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself and call a testing centre to book an appointment."

Anyone with additional questions about COVID-19 can click here or contact the health unit’s call centre at 1-800-563-2808, option 5.