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Public Health Sudbury reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 for April 11

There are 238 active cases being monitored
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Sudbury's health unit is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 for today, April 11. 

Public Health also said there are now 238 active cases being monitored. That is an increase of two active cases from Saturday.

Also, since the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) began tracking COVID-19 cases just over one year ago, there have been 1,699 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,461of those cases have been resolved.

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) daily update page reported that 18 of the new cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area. One new case was reported from the wider Sudbury district. Zero new cases were listed for the Manitoulin district. 

In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported 13 cases associated with outbreak, 23 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, zero cases with no known epidemiological link and 17 cases listed as "under investigation".

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 561 total cases (an increase of one over Saturday).

The next highest group number was 437 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of six).

The next highest number was 381 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of seven).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 236 cases total (an increase of four), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 84 cases (an increase of one). There were also zero cases 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, the numbers were not updated on April 11, however, as of April 9, 221,869 tests have been performed in the PHSD region. 

As for local vaccinations, the numbers were not updated on April 11, however, as of April 9, PHSD reported a total of 45,549 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area.

Variants of concern

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

There are, however, 499 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of four cases over the number reported on Saturday.

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, the latest numbers are from April 10, and there are 16 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. The HSN website reports, this included five COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

There are an additional 28 admitted patients currently being "investigated" for COVID-19, and awaiting test results. None of those patients being investigated is in the ICU at this time.

On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported a record high 4,456 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 21 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.