The COVID Report for May 2-2021

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting a COVID-19 related death in Greater Sudbury.

The agency reported the death on Sunday, but released no other details.

A total of 28 deaths have now been reported across the health unit’s area since the beginning of the pandemic.

The agency is also reporting 31 new cases over the last three days, 21 in Greater Sudbury, eight in the Sudbury District and one in the Manitoulin District.

Considering resolved cases, there are 80 active cases within the agency’s jurisdiction.

Health Sciences North reported it has 32 admitted patients as of Sunday evening.

Of the 32, 20 are positive cases with 12 waiting for test results.

There are 11 individuals in Intensive Care.

And, Algoma Public Health has reported five new cases since last Friday, three from Sault Ste. Marie, one for north Algoma and one from Elliot Lake.

Considering resolved cases, there are now 43 active cases in the district with two individuals in hospital.


Sudbury’s HSC ramping now non-urgent surgeries, received COVID patients

Starting today, Health Sciences North in Sudbury will be ramping down non-urgent surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospital has received five more patient transfers from southern hospitals.

The facility had accepted two patient transfers the week before, and last Friday the five others arrived from hot spots bringing the number to seven.

The goal of non-urgent surgeries ramp down is to give the health-care system the flexibility to respond to rising COVID-19 admissions to hospital, including those coming in from hot spots.


More vaccines arriving this week

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program is being expanded again this week.

As of today, all those 18 and older, living in the 114 postal code hotspots, will be able to register for a vaccine appointment.

Then on Thursday, the list will be expanded to all those born in 1971 and earlier across the province.

The decision comes as supplies of the Pfizer vaccine increase this week.

However, the province also notes that health regions may have different vaccination rates, depending on their supplies.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the boost in vaccine supplies will allow the province to get more people vaccinated, especially in hotspots, and ease the load on our hospitals.

There were 19-hundred and 61 people being treated in hospital as of yesterday, with 895 of them in intensive care down slightly from Saturday.


Border disputes

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu is pushing back at Ontario’s demands for tougher controls at Canada’s land borders.

Premier Doug Ford has sent a letter to the federal government, calling for the same rules that have been implemented for air travellers a mandatory three-day stay at a quarantine hotel until their test results come back.

But Hajdu tells CTV that the vast majority of infections is occurring in the community in the workplace or in crowded housing conditions and that’s where efforts should be concentrated.

She adds Ford could implement tighter controls on his own, by getting provincial police forces to do more enforcement of the 14-day self-isolation rule imposed on all arrivals in Canada.


India’s numbers as of yesterday

India is reporting almost 37-hundred more deaths from COVID-19 setting another global one-day record.

There were close to 400-thousand new cases diagnosed yesterday but the national government is still resisting calls to implement a country-wide lockdown.

India’s hospitals have been overwhelmed by patients, and many are running out of medicines and oxygen supplies.

Many experts believe the number of deaths and infections have been greatly under-reported.

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