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Health unit confirms five new cases of COVID-19; outbreaks at two Extendicare sites

There are currently 14 active cases in the region

Public Health Sudbury and Districts has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in the area, four in Greater Sudbury and one in the Sudbury District.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 224 since March.

There are currently 14 active cases in the region. Of the five new cases, all are listed on the PHSD website as “information pending or missing”.

The health unit has also declared COVID-19 outbreaks in two Greater Sudbury long-term care homes. 

Outbreaks were declared at Extendicare Falconbridge and Extendicare York following reports of two cases of COVID-19 among staff members, one in each facility.

To date, no residents have tested positive in relation to these outbreaks. Public Health is actively working with both long-term care homes to investigate the outbreaks and to protect residents and staff.

“The need for workers and everyone to monitor and screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and to stay home when ill, is critical for the health and well-being of everyone in our community. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please take it seriously, even if they are mild,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts. 

“Learn the symptoms, use the available screening tools, and get tested. We know this may result in making the difficult decision to call in sick to work or to not attend class, but everyone will thank you for it. This seemingly small action will go a long way in keeping our community COVID-safe and protecting vulnerable populations.”