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Public Health Sudbury reports nine new cases of COVID-19 for May 12

There are now 84 active cases being monitored by local health officials
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COVID-19 vaccination slip. Richard Vivian/GuelphToday

Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports nine new cases of COVID-19 for today, Wednesday, May 12. 

PHSD also said there are now 84 active cases being monitored by public health officials.  

Also, since the PHSD began tracking COVID-19 cases just over 14 months ago, there have been 2,033 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,949 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 eight cases were found in the Greater Sudbury area and one case was found in the rural Sudbury District.

In terms of possible causes of the new and recent cases, PHSD reported six cases were linked to close contact of confirmed cases, and three cases were travel related.

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 665 total cases (an increase of four).

The next highest group number was 513 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (no increase).

The next highest number was 473 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of three).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 291 cases total (an increase of two), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 91 cases (no increase). 

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.

With respect to COVID-19 testing, 244,046 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of May 12, an increase of 491 since the last PHSD test report. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a total of 92,506 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area as of May 12 at 4 p.m.  

PHSD is also reporting there are now six cases of "confirmed" variants of the COVID-19 virus. No change there after several days.

There are 865 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern; an increase of two in 24 hours. 

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.

Outbreaks

PHSD has also reported no new outbreaks in the area on Wednesday, but there are still three active COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. This includes one outbreak at Vale's Totten Mine, one outbreak at Health Sciences North (sixth floor, south tower) and one outbreak at Sudbury Jail.

Also, at Sudbury's Health Sciences North, as of May 12, there are eight patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this included two 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 five admitted patients "being tested" for COVID-19. None of those patients has been admitted to the ICU at this time. 

On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 2,320 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 32 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.