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Sudbury Public Health reports 41 new cases of COVID-19 for April 12

There are 263 active COVID-19 cases being monitored today, health unit says

There are 41 new cases of COVID-19 being reported by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) for today, Monday April 12. Public Health also said there are now 263 active cases being monitored. That is an increase of 25 cases over Sunday.

Also, since the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) began tracking COVID-19 cases just over one year ago, there have been 1,740 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 1,477 of those cases have been resolved.  

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) daily update page reported that 40 of the new cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area. One new case was reported from the wider Sudbury district. 

In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported eight cases associated with an outbreak, 24 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, one case that was travel related, and eight cases listed as "under investigation".

In terms of local outbreaks, PHSD also reported a COVID-19 outbreak Saturday at the Glencore Fraser Mine. Also, on Saturday an outbreak was declared at the End Of Roll store and the Home & Have Design Studio, both in New Sudbury. 

PHSD declined to provide any numbers of personnel infected in those outbreaks. 

PHSD also reports general demographics each day about the people who are becoming infected.

Epidemiological data showed that the majority of cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 573 total cases (an increase of 12 over Sunday).

The next highest group number was 447 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of 10).

The next highest number was 394 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of 13).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 242 cases total (an increase of six), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 84 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.

In terms of COVID-19 testing, 224,840 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of today, an increase of 2,971. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a total of 53,058 vaccine doses given in the entire PHSD area as of April 12 at 4 p.m.  

Variants of concern

PHSD is also reporting there are still five cases of "confirmed" variants of the COVID-19 virus, with no increase after several days.  

There are, however, 534 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of 35 cases over the number reported on 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, as of April 8 there are 18 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this included six COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

There are an additional five admitted patients currently being "investigated" for COVID-19, and awaiting test results. None of those patients being investigated is in the ICU at this time.

On the provincial COVID-19 register today, the Ontario government daily website reported 4,401 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 15 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.