Sudbury & Districts Public Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, COVID-19

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On Wednesday, Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 among residents of its service area, which includes Greater Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.A case in a Pioneer Manor employee, which followed a public health assessment, triggered an outbreak declaration at the city-run long-term care home.

“It is of great concern to report 10 more cases and to know that this now brings our total to 22 new cases of COVID-19 in just a week and a half,” said Dr Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health. in one version. “However, even more worrying is that of these 22 new cases, eight are individuals with no known exposure. This represents 36% of new cases with no known source.

“COVID-19 cases that are unrelated to travel or other cases mean there is community spread of the virus. Community spread is one of the metrics used by the Provincial Command Table to assess how we are doing with the reopening. This is something that concerns me a lot because no one wants to go back. ”

Through contact tracing, public health directly informs all close contacts. If you are not contacted by Public Health, you are not considered close contact.

After spending months with few cases, Public Health recorded 22 in the past two weeks: 10 Wednesday, 8 Monday and 4 last week.

Two people in Sudbury have died after being infected.

In two of the cases, the victims were exposed to an infected person after travel; the others were infected from an unknown exposure, the health unit said.

All of the new victims are from Greater Sudbury and all are isolating themselves.

Sudbury & Districts Public Health has now recorded a total of 89 cases since the spring, most of them in Greater Sudbury. The 22 cases recorded since last week occurred after the region moved to Stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to reopen.

As always, the health unit has reminded people to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

« Although allowed for up to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors, non-essential in-person gatherings of any size should be limited, ”the agency said. “Community spread remains possible and is likely in Sudbury and the Districts. Limiting our contact and face-to-face interactions as much as possible is essential to reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

“With a few exceptions, gatherings are currently a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. Unless people are from the same household or social circle, they should stand two meters (six feet) apart and wear a face mask if the distance is not possible. Masks should be worn in all indoor public spaces, and they should also be worn in other indoor spaces where distancing is not possible.

“Close contact is allowed within ‘social circles’ and between members of the same household. A social circle can only include a maximum of 10 people and must always be with the same people. You can only belong to one social circle. “

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often and when noticeably dirty for 15 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Continue to practice physical distancing, as any close contact could be a possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Masks or face masks should be worn in all indoor public places in Sudbury and the Districts, and they should also be worn in other places where physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well and get tested.

“If you have a symptom of COVID-19, get tested,” Public Health. “Asymptomatic people, who fear they have been exposed to COVID-19, or those at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment are also encouraged to contact an assessment center and get tested. “

Travel information

  • All residents who plan to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels in the province. The safest options are to stay in the area of ​​your home community or to stay in the area.
  • For anyone who has recently traveled, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website for updates on COVID-19 exposures.
  • If you think you’ve traveled somewhere (inside or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the PHSD.
  • Anyone who has traveled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days from arrival in Canada.
  • Updates on COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases and outbreaks in Greater Sudbury, Sudbury District and Manitoulin District are posted online.
  • For more information or if you have any questions or concerns, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call PHSD at 705-522-9200 (toll free 1-866-522-9200).
  • Visit the Ontario website to learn more about the province’s response to COVID-19.

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