Massive surge of COVID-19 in Public Health Sudbury & Districts jurisdiction

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting 115 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday.

Most are related to outbreaks or close contacts and all are from the Greater Sudbury area except for one on Manitoulin Island.

Considering resolved cases, there are 291 active cases within the agency’s borders.

Health Sciences North has 25 admitted patients, six have tested positive while test results are coming in for the others.

None are in intensive care.

Algoma Public Health states they have had four new cases, bringing the total number of active cases to eight.

Two involve people from other areas outside the Algoma District who are receiving treatment.

The three cases are from the Sault Ste. Marie area, while the other is from Central and East Algoma and all are self-isolating.

One other person is currently hospitalized.


Two outbreaks at Sudbury hospital

Two separate outbreaks have occurred at Health Sciences North.

On Friday it was revealed there was an outbreak on the Sixth Floor – South Tower, involving at least two individuals, both was staff. On Saturday, the second outbreak was declared on the fourth floor in the South Tower and involves two residents.

The hospital says the outbreaks were declared by Public Health Sudbury and Districts, which is investigating the situation stressing both are contained.

Additional infection, prevention and control measures are in place such as strict hand hygiene, heightened infection surveillance, enhanced cleaning and disinfection and more.

The hospital also said it remains open with clinics and procedures continuing as normal.

The agency has also declared an outbreak at another long-term care residence: St. Gabriel Villa with one staff member testing positive.

And although schools switched to virtual learning as of today due to the districts being in the Grey Zone, the agency has also announced an outbreak at Immaculate Conception School (Sudbury Catholic District School Board) in Greater Sudbury after another person tested positive for the virus.

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