Health unit reports 3 new cases of COVID-19

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#Public #Health #Sudbury & #Districts reports three new cases of COVID-19 in #Greater #Sudbury.
There are now 19 active cases, with another being resolved since yesterday. #Exposure information for the three new cases is pending.

#Here is a summary of how the status of COVID-19 has changed in the #Sudbury & #Districts #Public #Health service area over the past seven days through the end of #December 30:

-14 new cases, six cases were resolved, no deaths occurred. #At the end of the day on #December 30, there were 17 active cases in our service area, all of which are self-isolated.

#Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a total of 275 local cases of which 258 have been resolved, and two people have died in our service area.

#Trends of the last seven days

-Of the 14 new cases in our service area, 11 were close contacts of confirmed cases and one was travel related. #This means that public health has identified how these people were exposed to COVID-19 and has been able to take swift action to prevent further spread. The source of exposure remains unknown for two cases.

-No of the new cases have been associated with outbreaks in the past seven days.

– #Thirteen (13) of the cases were from #Greater #Sudbury, while one resided in the #District of #Sudbury.

-At the end of the day on #December 30, contact tracing information was available for the 14 new cases. #Through our investigation, we identified 81 people who had high-risk close contact with these cases. #This represents an average of six high-risk close contacts per case, compared to three contacts per case on average last week. #Public #Health follows up directly and regularly with each high-risk close contact to monitor symptoms, ensure they are self-isolating, and make recommendations for testing according to provincial guidelines.

-The seven-day incidence rate was seven new cases per 100,000 population (compared to 5.5 for the previous seven days).

-The percentage of positivity was 0.35% for the period from #December 22 to 28 (compared to 0.3% for the previous seven days).

-For the period of #December 23-29, the effective reproduction index (#Rt) was 1.0 for northern #Ontario and 1.0 for all of #Ontario.

#In a “ #Protect #Yourself #Against COVID” message, the health unit said, “#We are in a provincial shutdown (#Ontario government). #Stay home as much as possible.

#Travel outside of your home should be limited to essential reasons, such as grocery shopping, pharmacy supplies, access to health care, or work that cannot be done at home. #When you go out, carefully follow public health measures for the duration of your outing. #Social gatherings indoors are not permitted except with members of the same household. #This means that there are no visits to other households or allow visitors to enter your home.

-Many symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with common illnesses. #Remember, right now, a cold might not just be a cold. #If you feel sick, reduce the risk of spreading the virus – get tested and stay home.

#This #New #Years #Eve will be different. #Stay at home and spend time in person with only the members of your household. #Consider dressing just for fun. #Remember, right now we are stronger together and more sure of each other.

#Public #Health anticipates the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in our region.

“#As we move into the new year, now is a good time to reflect on the many challenges we faced in 2020 and look to a more promising 2021,” said #Dr #Penny #Sutcliffe, #Medical #Officer of #Health. “ #Over the past 10 months, people have shown incredible resilience in the face of a global pandemic. #Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine has generated a lot of optimism. #We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to plan for the distribution and administration of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in our communities.

“It is the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ of the pandemic. #At a time when we are generally preparing our short and long term resolutions, remember, the decisions and sacrifices we make today mean a safer, healthier future. #Tomorrow, take the time to relax, reflect and ring in the #New #Year in person only with those you live with. #Stay connected virtually with others during this difficult time – we are all (still) in the same boat.

“#Thank you all for doing their best to keep each other healthy. #Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year. “

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