Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD) has confirmed the area's eighth and ninth case of COVID-19 to be two residents of the Manitoulin District who recently returned from an Australian cruise.
The two individuals, one man and one female both in their 50s, were passengers of the Ruby Princess Cruise that departed Sydney, Australia on March 8 and returned to dock on March 19.
Following the cruise, PHSD said the pair flew from Sydney to the San Francisco Airport on Quantas Airline flight QF73. Passengers in rows 40-44 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts of the confirmed cases.
From San Francisco, the two flew into the Toronto International Airport on Air Canada flight AC742. Passengers in rows 17-21 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts of the confirmed cases.
The individuals in question have been since been in self-isolation, said PHSD in a press release.
Residents are reminded that all individuals returning to Canada from another country are required to self-isolate for a minimum 14-day period.