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Sudbury Public Health reports one death and 18 new cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday April 13

Public health reports there are 244 active COVID-19 cases being monitored today
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There are 18 new cases of COVID-19 being reported by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) for today, Tuesday April 13. (Martin Lopez/Pexels)

There are 18 new cases of COVID-19 being reported by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) for today, Tuesday April 13. PHSD is also reporting one new COVID-19 related death, but no specific details are being provided.

This is the 24th death reported in the Sudbury jurisdiction since the pandemic began. Public Health also said there are now 244 active cases being monitored.  

Also, since the Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) began tracking COVID-19 cases just over one year ago, there have been 1,758 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally.   

PHSD also said 1,514 of those cases have been resolved.  

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the (PHSD) daily update page reported that 17 of the new cases were found to have occurred within the Greater Sudbury Area. One new case was listed for the Manitoulin district. 

In terms of possible causes of the new cases, PHSD reported one case associated with outbreak, 20 new cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, and four cases with 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 cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 581 total cases (an increase of eight over Monday).

The next highest group number was 448 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of one).

The next highest number was 398 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of four).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 247 cases total (an increase of five), 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, 225,552 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of today, an increase of 712. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a total of 53,697 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area as of April 14. 

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, 573 cases that are "screened positive" for variants of concern, an increase of 39 cases over the number reported on Monday.

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 13 there are 19 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 nine 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 3,670 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province. Also today, the province reported 15 new deaths had occurred in the previous 24 hours.