Another COVID-19 death in Greater Sudbury
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting a COVID-19 related death in Greater Sudbury.
The agency offers condolences to the family, friends, and caregivers and no further details will be provided.
A total of 25 deaths have now been reported across the health unit’s service area since the beginning of the pandemic..
The agency is also reporting 15 new cases, all in the Greater Sudbury area.
Considering resolved cases, there are 215 active cases within its jurisdiction.
Health Sciences North states it has 28 admitted patients, 21 with confirmed COVID-19 and seven waiting for test results.
Of the 28, six are in intensive care.
Algoma Public Health is reporting six new cases of the virus, all in the Sault Ste. Marie area.
Considering resolved cases, there are now 47 active cases in the Algoma District.
One person is hospitalized.
Travel is a no go
Premier Doug Ford is urging people not to come here during this third wave of COVID-19.
Ford says our situation is “critical,” and people shouldn’t be flying into, or out of, Ontario.
In fact, he says all Canadians should be staying at home and now is not the time to be travelling between provinces.
Health officials in Quebec have suggested stronger restrictions on interprovincial travel might be necessary, to stem the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Grey Bruce reaching critical
The Grey-Bruce health unit has declared a COVID-19 critical threshold, and is warning all residents of the area to stay at home.
The unit, which covers the area along the shores of Georgian Bay around Owen Sound, says it has identified more than 70 new cases in less than two days and there’s the potential for hundreds more.
Health officials say the huge jump has been driven by those refusing to follow the current stay-at-home order and is compounded by people lying about their close contacts to tracers.
The unit says if drastic measures aren’t imposed, the virus will spiral out of control in the region.
PHOTO: The Espanola Regional Recreation Complex is being used as the mass vaccination centre. The mass vaccination got underway this week. Photo by Christine Berry.