Sudbury’s health unit reports 62 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 in its service area on Thursday.

According to data posted to the health unit’s website, 30 of the new cases were confirmed in Greater Sudbury, four in the Sudbury district and 28 in the Manitoulin district.

The probable exposure status of all 62 new cases is still under investigation.

There are 324 active cases in the health unit’s service area, including 252 in Greater Sudbury, 33 in the Sudbury district, and 39 in the Manitoulin district.

Public Health has reported 3,950 COVID-19 cases and 39 COVID-related deaths in addition to 1,898 cases confirmed and presumed to be variants of concern since the beginning of the pandemic.

The health unit reported one new COVID-19 outbreak at the Finlandia Hoivakoti long-term care home in Greater Sudbury on Dec. 1.

There are currently 15 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the health unit’s service area, including six at local schools, one on a school bus route, two in workplaces, and three in the community.

The COVID-19 outbreak that was declared on level four of the north tower at Health Sciences North (HSN) on Oct. 30 was resolved on Thursday.

There is still one active COVID-19 outbreak at HSN’s withdrawal management services on Pine Street in Greater Sudbury.

According to the hospital’s website, there are currently 20 admitted patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, including eight in the intensive care unit, and 11 in other units of the hospital.

There are also nine patients who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

The COVID-19 outbreak declared at Memorial Park in downtown Sudbury on Oct. 12 and the related exposure risk are ongoing.

Public Health has performed 328,663 COVID-19 tests as of two days prior to Dec. 2.

In partnership with First Nation and primary care providers, the health unit has administered 327,951 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to 11,350 third doses.

Vaccination coverage rates per local age demographic are as follows:

- 81.1 per cent of Sudbury and Manitoulin district residents aged five and older have received their first dose.

- 77.5 per cent of residents aged five and older are fully vaccinated.

- 86.7 per cent of residents of Sudbury and Manitoulin district residents aged 12 and older have received their first dose.

- 83.7 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

The health unit said that 77.5 per cent of the total population in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts have received a first dose, and 74 per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated.

For more information, visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19.

Ontario on Thursday reported 959 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths from the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 469 new cases are in people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 61 people have an unknown vaccination status.

The province said 155 people are in intensive care due to COVID-related critical illness, including 85 people on ventilators.

There were four patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario hospitals as of Wednesday, including three people in intensive care.

The province said 87 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90 per cent of people have at least one.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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