SUDBURY -- Sudbury's hospital is celebrating the release of its first ventilated COVID-19 patient.

Health Sciences North posted a video on its social media accounts, showing a man being cheered on by hospital staff. 

The video comes as hospital staff remind the public of proper protocol for getting tested for COVID-19.

In recent weeks, testing capabilities have dramatically increased throughout the province, including in Sudbury.

Officials are hoping increased access to tests will lead to a better understanding of the virus and the severity of community spread.

While previously available to only high-risk individuals, anyone suffering from any of the following known symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to call the COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat
  • New onset or worsening fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Diarrhea
  • Shortness of Breath*

Patients will be screened by a nurse over the telephone, and referred to one of three testing locations if testing is necessary. 

A total of 47 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, 38 cases have been resolved, including one death, within the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area.