Public Health Sudbury and districts reporting new case on Sunday

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Case no. 208 is from Greater Sudbury and is linked to an outbreak

Sudbury & Districts Public Health is reporting a new case of COVID-19.Case (# 208) is from Greater Sudbury and is linked to an outbreak. The person follows public health guidelines and isolates himself.

There are 52 known active cases in the region.

Through contact tracing, Public Health will directly inform all close contacts. If you are not contacted by Public Health, you are not considered close contact.

Strengthened public health measures will come into effect in our service area to help control the spread of COVID-19 on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These measures include limited hours of operation for certain settings, a reduction of the size of recreation programs additional penalties and fines; and better education in high-risk settings.

Travel, gatherings and households

Sudbury & Districts Public Health reminds everyone that the safest options are to avoid non-essential travel, limit gatherings indoors to your own home, and stay outdoors or go virtual, practicing physical distancing, masking and hand washing, and of course, staying away if you have symptoms.

Whenever possible, Ontarians are encouraged to limit their outings to essential activities such as going to work or school, shopping for groceries, attending a medical appointment or participating in physical activity outdoors. For all outings, continue to practice COVID-safe behaviors, such as walking away and wearing a face mask.

Although allowed for up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, in-person gatherings of any size should be limited and should always include distance and masking when distance is not possible . Limiting our contact and face-to-face interactions as much as possible is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Unless people are in the same household, keep a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) 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.

As of October 3, 2020, the province of Ontario is putting social circles on hold and advising all Ontarians to only allow close contact with people living in their own households and to maintain a physical distance of two meters compared to others. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

Schools and COVID-19

In all cases where a positive case is identified in a school setting, Sudbury & Districts Public Health will work directly with the person who tested positive, the school board and the school, and will conduct a timely follow-up of cases and contacts and provide guidance. To protect the privacy of individuals, Public Health will not systematically identify the school if a case is confirmed at a school. School boards and schools will communicate directly with the school community in the event of a positive case in the school environment.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at a school, Sudbury & Districts Public Health will publicly report the outbreak, identify the affected school, and describe any closures resulting from the outbreak. An outbreak in a school will be declared if there are two or more cases of COVID-19 in a 14-day period that are related to each other and with evidence that the infection occurred at school.

If individuals are identified as close contacts of a case in a school setting, Sudbury & Districts Public Health will contact them directly, or their parent or guardian, to provide direction. If you have any questions regarding individual schools, please contact the school directly.

For general information on schools and COVID-19, click here or call Sudbury & Districts Public Health at 705.522.9200 (toll free 1.866.522.9200).

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

-Wash your hands often and when visibly 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 must be worn in all indoor public places in Sudbury and the Districts, and they must also be worn in other places where physical distance cannot be maintained.

– Avoid contact with sick people.

-Automatic monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms.

-Stay at home if you are not well and get tested.

If you have a symptom of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus as directed by Public Health or the COVID Alert app, get tested. As of September 24, 2020, the province of Ontario has updated the eligibility and screening criteria for COVID-19 assessment centers. Stay informed and request testing if necessary.

Travel information

All residents planning 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 website for updates on COVID-19 exposures.

– If you think you have traveled somewhere (inside or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call us at 705.522.9200 (toll free 1.866.522.9200) .

– Anyone who has traveled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Canada.

Updates on COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases and outbreaks in Greater Sudbury, Sudbury District and Manitoulin District are being posted online.

For more information or if you have any questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Sudbury & Districts Public Health 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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