There are now 316 active cases monitored by the Sudbury health unit, the highest local number since the start of the pandemic
Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Sudbury District on March 24, according to Sudbury & Districts Public Health, which also said there were now 316 active cases under surveillance.
This is the highest number of locally active cases since the start of case follow-up.
Additionally, since the health unit started tracking COVID-19 cases just over a year ago, a total of 1,283 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed locally.
The PHSD also said 967 of those cases had been resolved locally.
As to where the new cases could have occurred, the PHSD Daily Update page reported that 37 cases had occurred in the Greater Sudbury area. Four more cases have been reported in the Greater Sudbury District.
Regarding the possible causes of the new cases, the PHSD reported 23 new cases which were described as close contact with a confirmed case. Seven new cases were associated with an outbreak, one case was travel-related, six new cases had no known epidemiological link and four more cases are listed as under investigation.
The PHSD also reports general demographic data on people who are infected daily.
This shows that the majority of cases are people aged 20 to 39 with 446 cases in total (15 new cases).
The second highest number in the group was 307 cases for the 40-59 age group (13 new cases).
The second highest number was 295 cases for the 19 and under age group (seven new cases).
People aged 60 to 79 had only 155 cases in total (three new cases),
and those aged 80 and over were the lowest category with 69 cases (an increase) and seven cases where age was not specified (an increase).
The above numbers may not completely add up to the daily number of cases because PHSD does not always report changes on the day they occur.
The PHSD also reports that there are now five cases of “confirmed” variants of the COVID-19 virus.
This is the same number reported yesterday. There are, however, 323 cases that are “screened positive” for the variants of concern, an increase of 10 from the number reported for Tuesday.
The PHSD said more time was needed to genetically sequence the virus in a positive sample and confirm it as a variant of COVID-19 of concern.
At Sudbury Health Sciences North, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by one. As reported by HSN at noon today, Tuesday March 24, there are 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital. According to the HSN website, this included eight COVID patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).
There are 17 other patients currently admitted to “study” for COVID-19. There are no such patients in intensive care at the moment.
The hospital is also facing three separate outbreaks, one on the fourth floor, one on the sixth floor; both in the south tower. The third outbreak is on the seventh floor – north tower.
In the provincial COVID-19 registry today, the Ontario government daily website reported that there are 1,571 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Also today, the province reported that 10 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.