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Sudbury, Manitoulin considered COVID-free

Cases elsewhere in Northeastern Ontario continue to rise, bringing the total number of active events to 18

The last active case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury, Manitoulin area has recovered, making Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) one of three units in Northeastern Ontario with a clean bill of health. 

Elsewhere in the region, cases continue to rise, with nine more announced since the update published, July 1. 

Three of these cases were identified after two staff members at Belvedere Heights in Parry Sound, and one staff member at Waters Edge in North Bay tested positive for the virus. Details on the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit's 35th cases have yet to be released. 

There were also two new cases announced by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit over the past two days. One found to be a woman in her 60s and another in her 80s

The remaining cases were logged by the Northwestern Health Unit, after finding one case in the service area of the Fort Frances Health Hub Friday, and two in the Sioux Lookout Health Hub area Thursday, as announced through its Facebook page

The total number of active cases in the region now rests at 18 with these most recent additions, following 312 recoveries, and 12 deaths, of the 342 confirmed. A total of 89,132 tests have been conducted in Northeastern Ontario to determine these findings, including 17,257 by PHSD. 

Provincewide there are now 1,886 active cases, following the report of an additional 121 cases since Friday, as well as 174 recoveries and five deaths. 

Of these active cases, 150 are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 39 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and 26 in the ICU on a ventilator. 

Contributing to the provincewide total are 165 active cases among Long-Term Care (LTC) residents as well as 263 cases among LTC staff, linked to 36 ongoing LTC outbreaks. 

Since the pandemic began, a total of 5,512 LTC residents and 2,313 LTC health care workers have recovered from the virus, while 1,717 residents and seven health care workers have died.

These statistics have contributed to a nationwide total of 105,305 confirmed and 12 presumptive cases as of 1:40 p.m. on July 4, of which 68,986 have recovered, and 8,674 have died. 

Across the globe, there have been 10,922,324 cases and 523,011 deaths reported in 216 countries, areas, and territories, as of 2:45 p.m. on July 4. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases, recoveries, and deaths reported by Northeastern Ontario health units at the time of this writing are as follows:

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 67 cases, 65 recoveries, two deaths
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 39 cases, 30 recoveries
  • Algoma Public Health: 24 cases, 24 recoveries
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 18 cases, 18 recoveries
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 67 cases, 58 recoveries, 8 deaths 
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 35 cases, 29 recoveries, one death 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 92 cases, 88 recoveries, one death 

Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

A graduate of both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, Keira Ferguson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada, at
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