Greater Sudbury registers 20 new cases of COVID-19

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Public Health Sudbury and the Districts reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury on Friday evening. Employees of two McDonald’s branches in the city, as well as one post-secondary institution, are affected.“Detailed investigations to determine exposure parameters and identify close contacts of all cases are ongoing. To date, close contacts of cases have been identified in family settings, at McDonald’s located at 3575 Highway 144 in Chelmsford and Cambrian College, ”Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe said in a statement Friday. “These people were contacted by Public Health and advised to self-monitor or isolate themselves and get tested, depending on their risk of exposure.

“It is essential that everyone continues to stay home when they are feeling sick and to get tested if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 in order to limit the spread of the infection. Public health works very closely with everyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to understand their situation and prevent further spread. This is a rapidly changing situation with a number of ongoing investigations. ”

Of the newly reported cases – there are now 162 diagnoses in the public health service area – one is close contact with a confirmed case; one is associated with an epidemic; and the remaining cases are still under investigation. All are self-isolated, as are all close contacts identified to date.

“While this increase in numbers is alarming, we need to listen to public health experts on how we are responding,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “I would like to remind you to continue to follow the advice of Public Health – let’s stay vigilant, let’s stay smart. Even though the children are back to school and many are back to normal, we cannot let our guard down for a moment. COVID-19 will find a way if we let it. This weekend especially, let’s keep our heads up and our masks. ”

Five McDonald’s employees are currently self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

The fast food chain announced Friday that two employees at its Hanmer site have tested positive. Three employees working at the Chelmsford site tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

Both restaurants were immediately closed for cleaning and disinfection.

“Out of caution, the decision was made to immediately close the restaurant (s) for thorough cleaning and third-party certified disinfection,” the company said in a statement. “We are working to ensure it is safe to reopen because we know our customers depend on their local McDonald’s and we are committed to doing our part to help our communities. All crew members who may have been in close contact with the employees have been asked to self-quarantine until further information is available. ”

Chelmsford’s drive-thru reopened Friday morning.

“Maintaining the health and well-being of our crew and guests is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor and adapt measures as necessary,” McDonald’s said. “We continue to work with local health authorities to support our population and customers, and we look forward to returning to serving our community as soon as possible.

Anyone who visited the Chelmsford site from October 30 to November 1 or Hanmer’s site on October 31 or November 4 has been asked to follow the guidelines from the Ontario Health Services at bit.ly/3p7CiCA. You can also contact Sudbury & Districts Public Health at 705-522-9200 or phsd.ca.

Bill Best, president of Cambrian College, said in a letter to the university community on Thursday that the post-secondary school remains open.

“I would like to inform you that the PHSD has informed us that members of the Cambrian community have tested positive for COVID-19,” Best wrote. “These members of our community are now self-isolating. We wish them a full and speedy recovery and support them in any way we can. Public Health has informed us that there is no evidence of transmission on campus and that no additional public health measures are required beyond what we already have in place. Public health also informed us that there was no epidemic on campus. ”

Best said there would be no more information to come, since the college is legally bound to protect the privacy of individuals; however, staff cooperate with the health unit.

“The PHSD does the contact tracing. Some community members may hear directly from public health and receive specific instructions based on their investigation, ”Best wrote. “If you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered close contact.”

Since Halloween, there have been 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 38 active cases of the virus, all in Greater Sudbury. There were only two deaths and 122 successful resolutions.

Public Health reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, all in Greater Sudbury. Seven of these diagnoses resulted from close contact with an infected person; however, two of them had no known epidemiological origin, which means they do not know how they got infected. Community spread is likely.

Currently, one person with COVID-19 has been admitted to Health Sciences North and eight patients are awaiting results. One of those eight is in the intensive care unit.

The provincial government announced Friday that it is reorganizing the framework within which public health units will operate.

Known as the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework, it categorizes public health regions into five levels: green / prevent; yellow / protect; orange / restrict; red / control; and the lockdown, which remains an “urgent measure of last resort”.

The changes take effect at midnight on Saturday. Public health is in the green category, the lowest level of risk. There are no public health units working in a lockdown scenario.

“The framework presents a proactive and graduated response to be applied based on the local situation in each region,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “By working with medical officers of health and local authorities on the realities and situations of COVID-19, we want to continue to help protect the health and well-being of people. We are tailoring public health measures to be as targeted and effective as possible in stopping the spread of the virus, while managing outbreaks as quickly as possible.

Keeping Ontario Safe and Open takes a holistic approach by introducing preventative measures sooner to help avoid broader closures and allow for the introduction or phase-out of additional public health and safety measures in the country. job.

It ensures that public health measures are targeted, progressive and reactive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open; maintain the capacity of the health system; and the protection of vulnerable people, including those receiving long-term care.

“COVID-19 will be with us for a while, which is why we have put in place a framework that introduces more public health measures earlier to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities while avoiding closures. larger, ”Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, added. “We are committed to being transparent with Ontarians, businesses and local communities as we work together to keep Ontarians safe, while keeping our economy open.

Trends in public health data will be reviewed weekly. At the same time, the government will continuously assess the impact of public health measures for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods, to determine whether public health units should remain in place or be relocated to a different level.

– with files from Colleen Romaniuk

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