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Public Health Sudbury reports two new cases of COVID-19 for Thursday May 13

Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports two new cases of COVID-19 for today, Thursday May 13. PHSD also said there are now 66 active cases being monitored by public health officials.
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Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports two new cases of COVID-19 for today, Thursday May 13. (Edward Jenner/Pexels)

Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports two new cases of COVID-19 for today, Thursday May 13. 

PHSD also said there are now 66 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 2,035 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,969 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 one case was found in the Greater Sudbury area and one case was found in the Manitoulin District.

In terms of possible causes of the new and other recent cases, PHSD reported one case linked to close contact of a confirmed case, one case was travel related, and three cases had no known epidemiological link.

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 (no increase).

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 (no increase).

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

There were, however, two new 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, 244,380 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of May 13;  an increase of 334 since the last PHSD test report. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a cumulative total of 93,218 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area as of May 13 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 869 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern; an increase of four 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 (May 7), one outbreak at Health Sciences North, Sixth Floor, South Tower (May 4) and one outbreak at the Sudbury Jail (April 29).

Also, at Sudbury's Health Sciences North, as of May 13 there are seven patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this includes one COVID-19 patient 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 four 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 2,759 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 31 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.