As Sudbury begins a new work week by moving into the Red-Control zone, Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reported that there are 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the area.
PHSD also said there are now 204 active cases being actively monitored. This is the highest number of active cases in Sudbury since COVID-19 tracking began a year ago.
There are 150 more cases more than what was reported last Monday.
Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, there have been 818 total COVID-19 cases reported to the Sudbury health unit. PHSD said 614 of those cases have been resolved locally.
In regards to where the new cases might have occurred, the PHSD daily update page reported that 34 cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area.
With respect to possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported 28 cases as "under investigation”. Six other cases were described as being close contact of a confirmed case.
Variants of Concern:
PHSD is also reporting there are still only three cases of "confirmed" variants of the COVID-19 virus. This hasn't changed from previous days. There are however, 95 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern.
This is an increase over the 77 cases reported Sunday. 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 there is one patient in the hospital confirmed with COVID-19 for today March 8, 2021. There are no COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). There are eight additional admitted patients currently being investigated for COVID-19 at this time. None of those patients is in the ICU.
On the provincial COVID-19 roster today, the Ontario government daily website reported there were 1,250 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 22 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.