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Public Health Sudbury reports 27 new cases of COVID-19 for April 6

Public health said there are 265 active COVID-19 cases being monitored today

Sudbury's health unit is reporting 27 new cases of COVID-19 for today, April 6. Public Health also said there are now 265 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 1,581 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally.

PHSD also said 1,316 of those cases have been resolved.  

Also, a new COVID-19 outbreak has been reported in the city, at the Hillcrest Wing of St. Joseph's Villa, involving one resident, said PHSD.  

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the (PHSD) daily update page reported that 24 of the new cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area. Three new cases were reported from the wider Sudbury district. 

In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported six cases associated with outbreak, 12 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, and nine cases listed as "under investigation".

PHSD has also reported general demographic information 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 538 total cases (an increase of 12 over Monday).

The next highest group number was 397 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of four).

The next highest number was 359 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of four).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 206 cases total (an increase of four), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 81 cases (an increase of three). There was also no increase 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, 219,978 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of today, an increase of 1,219.

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reports a new total of 41,256 vaccines given. This includes 4299 who have received first and second doses. 

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, 456 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of 12 over the number reported on Monday.

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 6 there are 19 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. On the HSN website, this included six COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

There are an additional 14 admitted patients currently being "investigated" for COVID-19, and awaiting test results. One of those patients is in the ICU at this time.

On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 2,938 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 10 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.