Sudbury's health unit is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 for today, Thursday April 8, the same number of new cases that was reported on Wednesday. Public Health also said there are now 262 active cases being monitored.
Also, since the Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD) began tracking COVID-19 cases just over one year ago, there have been 1619 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,357 of those cases have been resolved.
With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, (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.
In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported zero cases associated with outbreak, 11 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, one case that was travel related, and seven cases listed as "under investigation".
PHSD also reported general demographics 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 548 total cases (an increase of five over Wednesday).
The next highest group number was 410 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of five).
The next highest number was 364 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of four).
Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 215 cases total (an increase of five), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 82 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, 220,840 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of today, an increase of 366.
As for local vaccinations, PHSD reports a total 45,011 vaccines given as of April 8.
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, 477 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of 20 cases over the number reported on Wednesday.
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.
Also on the health unit data page is a new expanded feature that provides information on where new COVID-19 outbreaks are happening in the community.
At Sudbury's Health Sciences North, as of April 8 there are 16 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this included six COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
There are an additional 15 admitted patients currently being "investigated" for COVID-19, and awaiting test results. Two of those patients being investigated are in the ICU at this time.
The COVID-19 outbreak on the 7B unit of HSN’s North Tower, originally declared on March 16, is now over, the hospital said today. A total of four staff and four patients were impacted by this outbreak.
HSN continues to monitor a COVID-19 outbreak on 6 North. The outbreak remains contained and there is no evidence of further transmission among staff or patients.
On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 3,295 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 19 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.