Two people have either close contact with a case or a history of international travel. A third individual has no known contact with a travel case or history and the situation indicates a community spread of COVID-19.
“People have followed safety precautions assuming COVID-19 has spread locally, which means that they distance themselves from others to avoid spreading the virus because we assume that anyone could be infected,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury Public Health and District Health Officer.
“Today’s news from someone with COVID-19 with no history of travel or exposure proves that we did the right thing by taking these precautions. The indication of the spread of the community reinforces the crucial sacrifices that we have all made, such as staying at home as much as possible and isolating ourselves when we are led. “
The three new cases reported today represent cases 14, 15 and 16 in Greater Sudbury.
Case number 14 is a man in his 50s who was hospitalized. The human exposure category is unknown at this time, indicating a possible community spread of the virus.
Case number 15 is a person under the age of 19 and their gender has not been specified. The health unit said the person was in close contact with a confirmed case. They are currently self-insulating.
Cases 14 and 15 were both tested on March 30.
The 16th case in Greater Sudbury is a man in his sixties who also isolates himself. He came into contact with the virus during international trips. It was tested on March 27.
In addition, the health unit updated the 13th COVID-19 case in Sudbury, the first confirmed case to be admitted to Health Sciences North. The woman remains in hospital and her exposure to the virus was through close contact.
“Everyone is invited to continue to take their role in this pandemic seriously. Each of our actions counts to flatten the curve: stay at home, maintain a physical distance of two meters when you have to go out, practice hand washing and meticulous respiratory hygiene and follow any direction specific to your situation, “said the health unit in a statement.
Public health continues to intensively seek contacts for all COVID-19 cases and close contacts.
Under provincial law, medical officers of health in Ontario are authorized to issue communicable disease control orders. These orders may include, for example, requiring that a person be isolated, quarantined or examined by a doctor.
If people do not follow public health guidelines and if Dr. Sutcliffe believes that this non-compliance poses a risk to public health, a prescription may be required under section 22 of the Act. health protection and promotion (LPPS) to protect Public.
To date, no such orders have been requested in the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin regarding COVID-19.