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Public Health reports sixth COVID death in just over three weeks, 21 new COVID-19 cases for Nov. 23

Health unit says it is now monitoring 244 active COVID-19 cases across the Sudbury District
2020-05-03 COVID SIGN MH
(Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday)

Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the local jurisdiction for Nov. 23. PHSD has also reported one new death associated with COVID-19, but provided no specific details. This is the 38th death reported in the local health jurisdiction since the pandemic began, and the sixth death in the past three weeks.

The health unit is also reporting there are now 244 active cases that are being monitored.  Also, since the PHSD began tracking COVID-19 cases just over 20 months ago, there have been 3,593 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 3,349 of those cases are now resolved. The information is on the daily COVID summary report. 

As for the possible location of the new cases, PHSD said 19 new cases were reported to have occurred in Greater Sudbury, one case was assigned to the rural Sudbury district and one case in the Manitoulin district. 

With respect to the possible causes of new and recent cases, PHSD reported five new cases related to outbreak, five new cases related to close contact of confirmed cases, two cases with no known epidemiological link and an increase of nine cases that were under investigation.  

PHSD also reported general demographics each day about the ages of people who are becoming infected.  

Epidemiological data showed that the majority of local cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 1,293 total cases (An increase of seven).

There were also 895 cases for the 19 and under age group (An increase of four).

The next highest number was 846 for the 40-59 age group (An increase of nine).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 418 cases total (An increase of one). 

People aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 133 cases (No increase).

There was no case listed in the unspecified age category.

Note: The numbers above might not correspond to other numbers being reported because the health unit does not report fresh numbers daily, as they happen. Some of the numbers are delayed.

With respect to COVID-19 testing, PHSD said there have been 322,054 total tests carried out locally since the pandemic began; an increase of 453 since the last report on Monday.  With respect to vaccination numbers, PHSD reported there were 272,511 total accumulated vaccines (first and second dose) given in the local jurisdiction. This also included 125,508 of those who are fully vaccinated.   

The health unit has also reported there are several active local outbreaks and several recent exposure risks. This includes the Health Sciences North Withdrawal Management Services facility on Pine Street. There are also four schools listed and one school bus route named as being in outbreak. More details can be found on the daily COVID summary page. Just scroll to the bottom of the summary page to COVID-19 Outbreaks. It also includes locations where outbreaks have been declared over. 

Also, at Sudbury's Health Sciences North, there were 23 patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital, said the hospital website. Eight of those patients were in the intensive care unit. In addition to this there were 15 admitted patients "being tested" for COVID-19. HSN said none of the 15 patients was admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). 

On the provincial COVID-19 roster today, the Ontario government daily website reported 613 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported nine new COVID-19 deaths.