The COVID REPORT for Friday, March 12, 2012

Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts back in the Grey Zone

Public Health Sudbury & Districts has declared a lockdown in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts due to the alarmingly high rise of COVID-19 cases, and more importantly, the variants of concern.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, the Medical Officer of Health for the agency says since January, there have been a total of 13 school outbreaks accounting for 123 cases, but she stresses that the school situation is not what led to moving into the Grey Zone since the school numbers are a reflection of the wider community.

Currently, the agency has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified as B.1.1.7 (first seen in the U.K) adding another 100 or so cases that are possible variants of concern are waiting further testing.

Over 48% of the cases reported in the past week are VOCs – screened positive.

With that, Dr. Sutcliffe says schools are closed as of Monday, but child-care centres will continue to operate, but with no before or after school programming.

Dr. Sutcliffe stresses the vaccination programs are also continuing, so anyone registered for a vaccine can go to their appointment but must follow all the protocols including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

The public health region moved to Grey-Lockdown at midnight.


A look at local COVID-19 numbers

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting 55 new cases of COVID-19, all within the Greater Sudbury area.

Most are still awaiting test results as to the source of transmission, so considering resolved cases there are now 263 active cases within the agency’s jurisdiction.

The agency is also advising the public of a potential high-risk of exposure to COVID-19 specifically for anyone who attended 662 Crosshill Road in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Saturday, March 6th, and Sunday, March 7th.

Anyone who attended that location is advised to follow public health guidelines.

Individuals should seek COVID-19 testing as soon as possible.

Health Sciences North says it has 19 admitted patients, one that has tested positive and the other 18 waiting for results.

There haS been one new active casein the Algoma District.

Considering resolved cases, Algoma Public Health says there are five active cases with one person hospitalized.


The latest model does not look good

The latest round of COVID-19 modelling released by Ontario health experts shows progress in the battle against the virus has stalled.

The report, from the provincial Science Advisory Table, says increased mobility by Ontarians, as restrictions are eased, is the main reason that infection numbers aren’t declining further.

The panel says, with increasing numbers of the more-contagious variants being found, the key to avoiding a third wave will hinge on increased vaccination efforts, especially in regions hardest-hit by the virus.


Queue jumping concerns Premier – NDP says it is a false claim

Opposition leaders are demanding an apology from Premier Doug Ford, after he accused an indigenous MPP of jumping the queue to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

During question period, Ford noted NDP member Sol Mamakwa who represents a remote northwestern Ontario riding, “jumped the line” by flying into a remote First Nations community to get his inoculations.

But the New Demcrats noted at the time that he was getting the injections to try to boost the low numbers of people who had signed up.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says Ford’s allegation, besides being untrue, is harming efforts to convince indigenous people to be vaccinated.

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