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Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 reported by Sudbury Health Unit for April 7

Public health reports there are 270 active COVID-19 cases being monitored today
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Sudbury's health unit is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday, April 7. (Pexels)

Sudbury's health unit is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday, April 7. Public Health also said there are now 270 active cases being monitored. 

Also, since the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) began tracking COVID-19 cases just over one year ago, there have been 1600 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally.   

PHSD also said 1,330 of those cases have been resolved.  

Also today, the COVID-19 outbreak on the seventh floor North Tower at Health Sciences North was declared over. There continues to be an active outbreak on the sixth floor, North Tower of the hospital, involving three staff members.

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) daily update page reported that 16 of the new cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area. Two new cases were reported from the wider Sudbury district and one new case from the Manitoulin district. 

In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported seven cases associated with outbreak, 16 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, six cases listed as "under investigation" and two cases of no known epidemiological link.

 PHSD also reports general demographics each day about the people who are becoming infected.

Epidemiological data showed that the majority of cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 543 total cases (an increase of five over Tuesday).

The next highest group number was 405 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of eight).

The next highest number was 360 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of one).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 210 cases total (an increase of four), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 81 cases (no increase). There were also reported in the "unspecified category".

The numbers above may not completely correspond with the daily case count because PHSD does not always report changes on the day they occur.

In terms of COVID-19 testing, 220,474 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of today, an increase of 496. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reports a total of 41,256 vaccines given as of April 6. There was no increase for Wednesday. 

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

PHSD is also reporting there are still five cases of "confirmed" variants of the COVID-19 virus, which indicates no increase after several days.  

There are, however, 457 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of one over the number reported on Tuesday.

PHSD said additional time is required to genetically-sequence the virus in a positive sample and confirm it as a COVID-19 variant of concern. 

At Sudbury's Health Sciences North, as of April 7 there are 19 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. The HSN website said this included seven COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

There are an additional 18 admitted patients currently being "investigated" for COVID-19, and awaiting test results. Three of those patients being investigated are in the ICU at this time.

On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 3,215 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 17 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.