Third case of COVID-19 confirmed in Sudbury
SUDBURY -- Sudbury public health officials say that a third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Sudbury.
A woman in her 40’s is the third confirmed case in the region according to Sudbury and Districts Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe.
The woman had recently returned from international travel and the case is not related to the other two confirmed cases.
“Seeing a travel-related case in our community serves as a critical reminder that if you’ve recently travelled outside of the country, you must self-isolate for 14 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Sutcliffe in a news release. “We are working closely with the individual to identify contacts who require follow-up from Public Health,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.
The woman was treated at Health Sciences North’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre on March 18 and now remains in self-isolation at home.
According to Sutcliffe, the woman recently travelled on both international and domestic flights. Officials say she first travelled on March 10 from Geneva into Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport on Air Canada flight AC835. Officials are saying passengers in rows 18-22 are asked to self-isolate. She then later that day took a connecting flight, Air Canada flight AC421, to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Passengers in rows 40-44 are also being asked to self-isolate.
The following day, the woman flew from Toronto into the Greater Sudbury Airport on Porter Airlines flight PD533. Officials are asking passengers in rows 16-20 to self-isolate for the next two weeks.
Officials with Public Health Sudbury & Districts are saying anyone seated near this passenger on those flights are considered close contacts of her. Officials are conducting contact management to help identify anyone who may be a close contact.
If you suspect that you may have symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 or 1-866-522-9200.