Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports five new cases of COVID-19 for today, Monday May 3. Public Health also said there are now 81 active cases being monitored by public health.
Also, since the PHSD began tracking COVID-19 cases just over 13 months ago, there have been 1,965 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,884 of those cases have now been resolved.
With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the PHSD daily update page reported that five cases were found in the Greater Sudbury area.
In terms of possible causes of the new and recent cases, PHSD reported four cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, two cases of no known epidemiological link, and one case 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 local cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 641 total cases (an increase of four).
The next highest group number was 496 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of two).
The next highest number was 455 cases for the 19 and under age group (no increase).
Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 283 cases total (no increase), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 90 cases (a decrease of four). There were also zero cases reported in the "unspecified category".
The numbers listed 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, 235,604 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of Tuesday, April 27. No increase.
As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a total of 79,601 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area as of May 3 at 4 p.m.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
PHSD is also reporting there are now six cases of "confirmed" variants of the COVID-19 virus.
There are 817 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern; an increase of 13 cases.
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.
No new deaths were reported in the Monday summary, but PHSD did advise there is a COVID-19 outbreak at the Sudbury Jail. No additional information was provided.
At Sudbury's Health Sciences North, as of May 3 there are 20 patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this included 10 COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Some of those patients may have been transferred in from hospitals and other healthcare venues in Southern Ontario. In addition to this there are 11 admitted patients ``being tested" for COVID-19. Two of those patients have been admitted to the ICU at this time.
On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 3,436 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 16 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.