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Two new COVID-19 deaths in Sudbury; nine deaths in nine days

The health unit also reports that the COVID-19 risk index has dropped from a rating of high down to moderate
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As the first week of August wraps up, Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) reports two more local people have died as the result of COVID-19.

PHSD said COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death in both cases. This brings the count to nine COVID-related deaths in Sudbury in the past nine days.

The local death count, according to the health unit, is now 163 since the pandemic began in March of 2020.

The health summary also reveals there are 87 new cases in the community. The total number of new cases -- 99 on Monday, 31 on Wednesday and 87 on Friday -- now stands at 217 for the week.  Last week the count was 241.

The health unit also revealed there are 14 local outbreaks across the city in local long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings including the hospital. The PHSD report said there were 22 outbreaks in the past week, but eight of those outbreaks are over.  

At Health Sciences North on Friday, the hospital reported there were 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the hospital with three cases in Intensive Care. The HSN website also reported there were three separate COVID outbreaks still active at the hospital.

Also on Friday, the health unit reported that the local COVID Risk Index has dropped from the High rating it had earlier in the week down to the Moderate rating.