Public Health reports new COVID case, Sudbury area's 113th
Public Health Sudbury & Districts said the source of infection was travel and the person is now self-isolating at home. They tested positive Oct. 19. (File)
SUDBURY -- Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting the area's 113th case of COVID-19.
In a news release, the health unit said the source of infection was travel and the person is now self-isolating at home. They tested positive Oct. 19.
"Through contact tracing, Public Health will notify all close contacts directly," the health unit said. "If you are not contacted by Public Health, you are not considered a close contact."
The safest options to avoid infection are to avoid non-essential travel, limit indoor gatherings to your own household, and otherwise be outdoors or go virtual, practise physical distancing, masking, and handwashing, and of course, stay away if you have any symptoms, Public Health said.
"As much as possible, Ontarians are encouraged to limit outings to essentials like going to work or school, picking up groceries, attending a medical appointment, or engaging in outdoor physical activity," the release said. "For all outings, continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours like distancing and wearing a face covering."
Although permissible for up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, in-person gatherings of any size should be limited and should always include distance and masking when distancing is not possible.
"Limiting our contacts and in-person interactions as much as possible is critical in reducing the spread of COVID-19," the health unit said. "Unless people are from the same household, keep two metres (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."
As of Oct. 3, the Province of Ontario is pausing social circles and advising all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.