Reporting period: Thursday, September 9, 2021 to Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
September 16, 2021 – The following is a summary of how the status of COVID-19 has changed in the Sudbury & Districts Public Health service area over the past seven days through the end of the day on September 15. 2021: 39 new cases have been reported and 19 cases have been resolved. To date, 24 of the 39 cases have exhibited a mutation pattern commonly associated with a variant of COVID-19 (VOC) of concern. There have been 2 active outbreaks of COVID-19 this week, one of which has been declared over. There have been no deaths related to COVID. At the end of the day on September 15, 2021, there were 52 active cases in our service area and 1 active outbreak in a school. There were no local cases at the hospital. All cases were self-isolating.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a total of 2,354 local cases of which 2,302 are resolved, and 31 people have died in our service area. One thousand one hundred and nineteen (1,119) have been confirmed or suspected to be variants of concern (COVs) of COVID-19.
Of the 262 local cases of COVID-19 reported since June 1, 2021, 31 cases (12%) were among fully vaccinated individuals. There were 197 cases (75%) among unvaccinated residents, while 34 (13%) occurred among those who received a dose of the vaccine. During this same period, there were 8 local hospitalizations among the unvaccinated (6 cases, 75%) and partially vaccinated (2 cases, 25%). Interpretation of immunization status data: Please note that data on the number of cases by immunization status is preliminary and highly subject to change. Comparing cumulative numbers from week to week may lead to incorrect estimates of the number of cases by immunization status for the previous 7 days.
Based on data from the past 14 days, the risk of contracting COVID-19 for unvaccinated Sudbury and district residents was 10.8 times the risk for fully vaccinated residents.
- Over the past 28 days, the overall incidence rate of COVID-19 in our region was 62.9 new cases per 100,000 population. Residents aged 20 to 29 had the highest rate, at 147.0 per 100,000 population. The rates among 0-19 year olds (98.7 per 100,000) and 30 to 39 year olds (86.2 per 100,000) were also higher than the overall rate in our region. The rates among all other age groups were lower than the overall rate.
- The local incidence rate in the last 7 days was 19.6 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to 10.6 cases per 100,000 in the previous 7 days.
- Of the 39 new cases in our service area over the past week, 23 were in close contact with a confirmed case and 1 case was associated with an outbreak. This means that public health has identified how these people were exposed to COVID-19 and was able to take swift action to prevent further spread. Two (2) cases were related to travel, while 11 had no known epidemiological link. Two (2) cases remained under investigation.
- Thirty-three (33) cases reported this week reside in Greater Sudbury, while 3 cases reside in Sudbury East and 3 in Manitoulin District. (Note: For information on defining these geographic regions, please refer to the Daily COVID-19 Case Update at phsd.ca/COVID-19/data)
- Between September 9 and September 15, Public Health identified 334 people as having had high-risk close contact with a case of COVID-19. This represents an average of 9.0 high-risk close contacts per local case reported in the past 7 days, compared to 1.0 high-risk close contacts per case reported last week. Public Health provides direct and regular follow-up of each close high-risk contact to monitor them for symptoms, to ensure that they are self-isolating (generally not required if they are fully vaccinated) and to make recommendations for testing in accordance with provincial guidelines.
- The percentage of positivity was 1.8% for the period September 1-6, compared to 1.6% for the previous 7 days.
- For the period September 8-14, the effective breeding number (Rt) was 1.12 for northern Ontario and 0.99 for all of Ontario.
Update of the vaccination program
- To date, a total of 291,090 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to residents of Sudbury and the districts. So far, 151,585 people have received their first dose of vaccine and 139,505 people have been fully vaccinated (current at 4 p.m. on September 15, 2021). Note that this includes vaccines administered by public health, First Nations and Indigenous communities, primary care, and pharmacies.
- In the last 7 days until the end of the day on September 15, 2021, a total of 3,017 doses of vaccine were administered.
- Overall, 86.3% of Sudbury and District residents aged 12 and over received their first dose of a vaccine, compared to 84.8% for all Ontario residents aged 12. and more.
- Second doses were received by 79.4% of people aged 12 and over in Sudbury and the districts, compared to 78.5% of Ontarians the same age.
* Rates are based on Ministry of Finance 2020 population estimates to match provincial coverage calculations.
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Stay safe from COVID
- Oh deer, the bow hunt has begun! Stay safe from COVID by wearing a mask (if applicable), practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands while hunting this season. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, postpone your hunting trip.
- Start Your Day Using the Online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Based on your responses, the tool will recommend what you need to do next. Remember that if you are a high-risk close contact of a confirmed case, you should follow local public health guidelines and self-isolate regardless of your immunization status. Testing and self-isolation help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Are you applying for a new job? Many companies have a COVID-19 vaccination policy. Do not be too long. Get your two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an appointment, visit a walk-in clinic, a pop-up clinic or a mobile clinic. Learn more by visiting ca / ââCOVID-19 / vaccine-clinics.
- Many children and youth have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and guardians may wonder if they should be concerned. Check out this School Mental Health Ontario tip sheet for what to look for, how to support your child, and where to get help.
- On September 14, the Ontario government released regulations and guidelines for businesses and organizations to help them implement proof of vaccination requirements, which come into effect on September 22. For more information, read the full press release at news.ontario.ca.
- Public health guidelines continue to strongly encourage anyone responsible for a business or organization to ensure that anyone who performs work for the business or organization is performing their work remotely, unless the nature of his job does not require him to be on-site at the workplace. Although this is not required under the current Ontario Regulation 364/20 (Rules for Zones at Stage 3 and at the Waybill Exit Stage), limiting contact with people outside your household continues to be a key measure to minimize the impact of COVID-19, including the more easily transmitted worrisome variants.
- In Sudbury and the districts, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19, and under these circumstances, close contacts at high risk are generally advised to self-isolate and get tested, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. This is an additional measure needed to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. A decisive case is when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for the virus. As in all cases, the advice provided by Public Health to close contacts is based on an investigation and a risk assessment.
Message from Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health
With fall officially starting next week and the province requiring proof of vaccination in some settings, now is a great time to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already. Achieving the goal of 90% of eligible people fully vaccinated against the virus is of crucial importance to prevent potential impacts on schools or businesses, and to protect the capacity of our health system. Through modeling and projections, we anticipate that the fall and winter months will present some challenges. It is essential that we take all measures under our control to reduce the impact of Wave Four. While the negative effects of COVID-19 are felt by everyone in our communities, those working in healthcare see it daily. Hats off to our hard-working healthcare professionals who have gone out of their way to be there for us when we need them most. This work does not go unnoticed and we very much appreciate your dedication. Our local response to a global pandemic is a team effort – all supporting each other!
Visit phsd.ca/COVID-19/data for regular updates on Covid-19 tests, confirmed cases and outbreaks and potential exposures in Greater Sudbury, Sudbury District and the District of Manitoulin. A detailed epidemiological summary is released on Monday that includes information on cases over time, case characteristics, likely exposures, case results, testing and outbreaks at facilities. In addition, a detailed immunization report is produced on Tuesdays which includes information on vaccine administration over time, by region, by brand, by dose and by age group. The report also provides additional context by comparing our data to that of Ontario.
For more information or if you have any questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Sudbury & Districts Public Health at 705.522.9200 (toll free 1.866.522.9200).