Two more cases of COVID-19 have been reported Public Health Sudbury and Districts.
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health, said the fifth and sixth cases are in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.
The fifth case is a male in his 20s while the sixth case is a male in his 30s. Both are close contacts of confirmed cases elsewhere in Ontario. Both individuals were assessed and tested at Health Sciences North’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre on March 21. Following testing, they were discharged to their respective homes to begin self-isolation, where they remain.
“Everyone must practise social distancing (physical distancing) to reduce the chances of the virus spreading from person to person, and to protect our health care system and vulnerable populations,” said Sutcliffe. “We have to assume that this virus is circulating locally and everyone is asked to stay home unless essential to do otherwise and to keep two metres apart when you must go out.”
Returning travellers are also reminded that they must self-isolate for 14 days from their return to Canada. These individuals must go home and stay home and ensure essential errands or shopping is done by others.
With expectations that the number of COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts will continue to increase, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will no longer issue media releases to announce each new case but will keep up-to-date case information on its website. Public Health will continue to issue news releases to inform the community of important local developments.
Public Health will post daily updates on its website. Positive cases will be posted in real-time, and numbers related to the following will be updated on specific daily time cycles: negative test results, cases currently under investigation with test results pending, confirmed positive test results, and resolved cases.
All public health units across Ontario work together as a system with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other partners to investigate and respond to cases of COVID-19.