Current COVID-19 situation in northeastern Ontario
As the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, CTV News Northern Ontario is monitoring key developments in the pandemic. We are now putting more focus on the number of people in hospital with the disease, as well as daily counts of new cases.
All health units in northern Ontario report that, because of the Omicron variant and limits on the number of tests, the actual COVID-19 active case count is higher than the daily reports. Daily test results reflect at-risk individuals and those who are showing significant symptoms.
Novel coronavirus infections are reported by public health agencies for residents that live within the districts. The number of active cases comes from the total confirmed positive less cases that have been resolved, including deaths. In northeastern Ontario, there are five health units and here is the change in the number of cases since the last update on Monday:
Algoma Public Health 72 new, 72 resolved and 1 death Tuesday
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 42 new, 47 resolved and 1 death Tuesday
Public Health Sudbury & Districts 277 new, 491 resolved, 14 deaths Monday (8 happened between Dec. 13, 2021 and Jan. 16, 2022.) No update Tuesday.
Porcupine Health Unit 29 new, 94 resolved, 1 death Tuesday,
Timiskaming Health Unit 17 new, 6 resolved Tuesday
There are 24 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the Sudbury area, after three were declared over Monday. A current list of outbreaks can be found here.
There are 11 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the Algoma District. A current list can be found here.
There are nine active outbreaks in the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit area. A current list can be found here.
There are seven active outbreaks in the Porcupine Health Unit area, inlcuding one announced Friday at Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst.Outbreaks are announced here.
There are also two active outbreaks in the Timiskaming Health Unit area. The outbreak list can be accessed here.
*Please note: Porcupine Health Unit is not reporting hospitalizations for the Cochrane District, this number is from the Timmins and District Hospital only.
Health units in northeastern Ontario report hospitalizations differently. Some health units -- Algoma, North Bay/Parry Sound and Timiskaming -- report data from the Ontario's Bed Census Summary, which estimates hospitalizations for the entire region each day. Public Health Sudbury & Districts began reporting hospitalizations for the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts Monday.
In northeastern Ontario, as of Jan. 24 at 4 pm, there are 69 patients with COVID-19 in Sudbury and Manitoulin area hospitals, 32 of those were admitted due to COVID-19 and 37 were admitted for other reasons. Four patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), all were admitted due to COVID-19. Health Sciences North said it is also caring for 23 patients who previously were admitted for COVID-19 and are no longer positive, including one in the ICU. Health Sciences North is reporting 56 COVID-19 patients at the Sudbury hospital as of noon on Jan. 26, including four int he ICU. The next update on the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts comes out Wednesday at 4 p.m.
There are 22 atients who are admitted to the Timmins and District Hospital with COVID-19, five of the admissions are COVID-related. There are also 47 patients who have either been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results or who will be tested for COVID-19 in hospital.
There are also 21 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the Algoma area, including one non-resident, two COVID-related hospitalizations in the North Bay Parry Sound area and eight in the Timiskaming District -- including four in ICU.