SUDBURY -- The fifth new case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury area since Saturday has been confirmed by public health pointing to community spread.

Tuesday morning, Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported that another new case has been confirmed positive, marking the 99th in the area, that includes the Manitoulin District, since the pandemic began. There have been two COVID-related deaths in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts.

The individual's exposure is not related to travel or contact with another known case.

They are in self-isolation after being tested Sept. 13.

Public health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by health officials, you are not considered a close contact.

On Saturday, health officials confirmed two new positive cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts and issued a warning to the public about a possible low-risk exposure for customers who visited Kate Kountry Kitchen on Sept. 4 and 5.

Monday night, two other positive cases were confirmed after contact with a person with exposure not related to travel or another case.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your 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 they 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 you are unwell and get tested.

If you have a COVID-19 symptom, call the local assessment centre and 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.