Sudbury and area records 99th positive case of COVID-19, health unit urges caution with travel, social gatherings

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Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury and Districts, addresses the media. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

It isn’t known how the latest person to test positive for COVID-19 in Sudbury and area was exposed to the coronavirus, Public Health Sudbury and Districts said.

Public Health announced a new case in its service area in a press release Tuesday morning, bringing the number of positive cases the health unit has identified to 99.

The person, a Greater Sudbury resident whose age and gender have not been specified in keeping with the health unit’s new policies, was tested on Sunday. They are self-isolating, according to Public Health.

No travel or close contact with a known case has been identified, the health unit said, so the method of exposure is unknown. Through contact tracing, Public Health will notify all close contacts directly. Those who are not contacted by the health unit are not considered to be close contacts.

Tuesday’s announcement followed that of two new cases on Monday night, in Greater Sudbury residents who were tested on Saturday. They are also self-isolating.

Two other cases were identified on Saturday, in people tested the previous day.

With the province experiencing an overage surge in the number of new cases, and the Ontario government identifying social gatherings as a key factor in increased spread, Public Health reminded residents to limit gathering sizes, maintain physical distancing and keep to social circles.

Although it is permissible for up to 50 people to gather indoors and 100 outdoors, non-essential in-person gatherings of any size should be limited. Unless people are from the same household or social circle, the health unit said, they should keep two metres or six feet apart and wear a face covering, if distancing is not possible. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces and they must also be worn in other indoor spaces where distancing is not possible.

Close contact is permitted within social circles and among members from the same household. A social circle can only include up to 10 people and must always be with the same people. Residents may belong to only one social circle.

Public Health also provided the following guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19:

– Wash hands often and, when visibly dirty, for 15 seconds;

– Cover a cough or sneeze with an arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and wash hands;

– Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth;

– Continue to practise physical distancing, because any close contact could be a possible exposure to COVID-19;

– Masks or face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places in Sudbury and districts, and should also be worn in other settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained;

– Avoid contact with people who are sick;

– Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19;

– Stay home if unwell and get tested.

Anyone who has a COVID-19 symptom should get tested. People who are asymptomatic, who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19, or those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment are also encouraged to contact an assessment centre and get tested.

All residents planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province, the health unit said. The safest options are to stay in the area of their home community or to stay in the region.

For anyone who has recently travelled, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for updates on COVID-19 exposures.

Those who believe they have travelled somewhere, within or outside of Ontario, where they may have been exposed to COVID-19, are asked to call Public Health at 705-522-9200 or toll-free at 1-866-522-9200.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada is directed to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Canada.

Updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, and outbreaks in Greater Sudbury, the District of Sudbury, and the District of Manitoulin are posted online.

Those who need more information or who have questions or concerns should visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about the province’s response to COVID-19.

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