Sudbury’s COVID-related death toll now stands at 39

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported the 39th COVID-related death in its service area on Tuesday.

According to the health unit’s website, the deceased individual was a resident of Greater Sudbury. No other information was provided.

The health unit also reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 in the region, including 45 in Greater Sudbury, 10 in the Sudbury district, and two in the Manitoulin district.

In total, 15 of the new cases are associated with an outbreak, 21 are close contacts of a confirmed case, and 10 have no known epidemiological link. The remaining 11 cases are still under investigation.

Additionally, the health unit reported 52 resolved cases.

There are currently 292 active cases of COVID-19 in the health unit’s service area, including 252 in Greater Sudbury, 34 in the Sudbury district and six in the Manitoulin district.

Public health has reported 3,858 cases of COVID-19 in addition to 1,898 cases confirmed or presumed to be variants of concern since the beginning of the pandemic.

One new COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Tuesday after 12 Sudbury Wolves players tested positive for the virus.

The Ontario Hockey League said in a release the Sudbury Wolves have suspended team activities and the players affected are either asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms.

The health unit is currently monitoring 16 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the community, including eight at local schools, one on a school bus, and two in workplaces.

Outbreaks have also been declared on the Sudbury Lady Wolves U13 BB hockey team and at Dance Evolution Sudbury.

Health Sciences North (HSN) continues to monitor two COVID-19 outbreaks at the hospital and related facilities.

An outbreak was declared on level four of the north tower on Oct. 30 and at HSN’s withdrawal management services facility on Pine Street on Nov. 22.

The outbreak declared at Memorial Park in downtown Sudbury on Oct. 12 and the related exposure risks are ongoing.

Public Health has performed 325,035 COVID-19 tests as of Nov. 28.

In partnership with First Nations and primary care providers, the health unit has administered 324,813 first and second doses of the vaccine in addition to 9,435 third doses.

In total, 77 per cent of the total population in Public Health’s service area have received their first dose and 73.9 per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated.

The health unit has included additional data on its website related to vaccination coverage rates for different demographics.

The vaccination coverage rate for residents of Public Health’s service area aged five and older who have received their first dose is 80.6 per cent; 77.3 per cent of those aged five and older are fully vaccinated.

Additionally, 86.6 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have received their first dose and 83.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Ontario, meanwhile, has now recorded 10,000 COVID-19-related deaths.

Three virus fatalities were reported Tuesday, pushing the death toll to the 10,000 mark.

The grim figure was reported along with 687 new cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 329 of the new cases are in people not fully vaccinated against the virus and 50 cases are in people whose vaccination status is unknown.

There are 153 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness, including 96 people on ventilators.

There were four patients from Saskatchewan being treated in Ontario hospitals as of Monday, three of them in intensive care.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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