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Public Health Sudbury reporting 20 new COVID-19 cases, one new death for Nov. 16

Health unit says it is now monitoring 243 active COVID-19 cases across the Sudbury District
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Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the local jurisdiction for Nov. 16. There is also one new death being reported. No information was provided on the details of the death. There have now been 35 deaths reported since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The health unit is also reporting there are now 243 active cases that are being monitored. Also, since the PHSD began tracking COVID-19 cases just over 20 months ago, there have been 3,358 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 3,115 of those cases are now resolved. 

There are also 1,824 cases that are "confirmed or presumed to be" positive for variants of concern — a zero increase since the last testing on Monday. The details were outlined on the PHSD website. 

As for the possible location of the new cases, PHSD said 17 new cases were reported to have occurred in Greater Sudbury, one new case in the rural Sudbury district and two new cases in the Manitoulin district.

With respect to the possible causes of new and recent cases, PHSD reported eight new cases related to outbreak, seven new cases related to close contact of confirmed cases, and five cases with no known epidemiological link.

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 1,234 total cases (An increase of nine).

The next highest number was 798 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (No increase).

There were also 788 cases for the 19 and under age group (An increase of 10).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 397 cases total (An increase of one). 

People aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 132 cases (No increase).

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 318,227 total tests carried out locally since the pandemic began; an increase of 1519 since the last report on Friday.       

With respect to vaccinations, PHSD reported there were 270,136 total accumulated vaccines (first and second dose) given in the local jurisdiction. This also included 125,043 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 an outbreak at a local grocery store, as well as for a couple of numbered school-bus routes. Full details can be found on the daily COVID summary page. It also includes locations where outbreaks have been declared over.

Also, at Sudbury's Health Sciences North, there were 22 patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital, said the hospital website. Four of those patients were in the intensive care unit.  In addition to this there were three admitted patients "being tested" for COVID-19. HSN said none of those patients was admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

On the provincial COVID-19 roster today, the Ontario government daily website reported 481 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported one new COVID-19 death.