Sudbury’s health unit reports 209 new cases, one new COVID-19 outbreak

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 209 new cases of COVID-19 in its service area on Thursday.

According to data posted to the health unit’s website, 195 of the new cases are located in Greater Sudbury, six are in the Sudbury district, and eight are in the Manitoulin district.

The probable exposure status of 123 of the new cases is still under investigation and information for 51 cases is missing or lost to follow up.

Additionally, 17 cases are associated with an outbreak, six are close contacts of a confirmed case, and 12 have no known epidemiological link.

There are 1,082 active cases of COVID-19 in the health unit’s service area, including 940 in Greater Sudbury, 76 in the Sudbury district, and 66 in the Manitoulin district.

“The confirmed cases are an underestimate of the true number of people with COVID-19 in Sudbury and districts,” said the health unit’s website.

This is because access to PCR testing has been limited, positive rapid antigen test results are not reported to Public Health, and people with asymptomatic infections might not seek testing.

Public Health has reported 7,664 COVID-19 cases and 58 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The health unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak at ICAN Transitional House in Greater Sudbury on Jan. 13.

There are 19 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the health unit’s service area, including six in long-term care facilities, eight congregate living settings, three in retirement homes, and one in a hospice.

Health Sciences North is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks on the fourth floor of the south tower and the sixth floor of the north tower.

There is also an outbreak at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre on the second floor.

According to the hospital’s website, 49 patients have COVID-19, including three in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 46 in other units.

Twenty patients have been tested for COVID-19, including two in the ICU, and 10 formerly positive patients who are still being cared for in hospital, including two in the ICU.

Public Health has performed 365,455 COVID-19 tests as of Jan. 12.

In partnership with First Nations and primary care providers, Public Health had administered 404,402 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in addition to 78,002 booster doses.

According to data posted to the health unit’s website, 46.1 per cent of residents aged 18 and older have received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination coverage rates per age group in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts are as follows:

- 86.9 per cent of residents aged five and older have received their first dose.

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

- 90 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have received their first dose.

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

The health unit said that 83 per cent of the total population has received a first dose and 77.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Ontario on Friday reported 3,814 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 527 in intensive care.

That’s an increase from 3,630 patients in hospital Thursday, and 27 more in ICU.

The province also reported 41 new deathsfrom the virus.

There are 288 people on ventilators due to COVID-19, 13 more than the previous day.

There are 10,964 new COVID-19 cases reported, though Public Health Ontario has noted that the total number is likely higher due to testing policy changes.

Provincial data showed 82.2 per cent of Ontarians aged five and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88 per cent have at least one dose.

Meanwhile, immunocompromised Ontarians can now book appointments for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said appointments for moderately to severely immunocompromised people are being made available through the provincial vaccine contact centre.

Moore said the move aims to provide further protection for vulnerable populations.

The province has already started administering fourth doses in long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings.

- with files from Canadian Press

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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