Two people have either close contact with a case or a history of international travel. A third individual has no known contact with a case or a travel history and the situation indicates the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the agency said in a statement Thursday.
This brings the number of COVID-19 cases detected in Greater Sudbury, the District of Sudbury and the District of Manitoulin to 16.
“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 spread to the community reinforces the crucial sacrifices that we have all made, such as staying at home as much as possible and isolating ourselves when asked, “said Dr. Sutcliffe.
Everyone is asked to continue to take their role in this pandemic seriously. Each of these 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 all the directions specific to your situation.
Public Health said it continues to intensively search for 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.
One case is a man in his 50s and another is a woman in his 50s; both reside in Sudbury and are both hospitalized. In the woman’s case, she was in close contact with someone who had the virus. It is not yet known how the man picked it up.
The third case is a 19-year-old Sudbury self-isolating patient. The patient’s gender has not been disclosed.