SUDBURY -- As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, CTV News Northern Ontario is continuing to keep track of the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the northeast region. Check back often for daily updates on the number of new, active and resolved cases.

Novel coronavirus infections are reported by public health agencies for residents that live within the districts. In northeastern Ontario, there are five health units.

The number of active cases comes from the total confirmed positive less all reported deaths and cases that have been resolved.

As of Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., there are 15 active cases in northeastern Ontario and here is where they are:

Algoma Public Health

There is currently only one active case of COVID-19 in the Algoma District, in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, after a new case was confirmed Monday morning and three others were reported as resolved. The individual is self-isolating after being tested on Oct. 14 and health officials are investigating the point of exposure. Close contacts have been notified by public health.

"Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate away from others," said Algoma Public Health's website. "Do not have close contact with others outside the immediate household of people you live with. Limit non-essential trips outside of home and avoid non-essential travel to other regions of the province."

Health officials warn there is still evidence of community spread.

"All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days," said Algoma Public Health.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 40 confirmed positive cases, 39 resolved, and zero COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. Of the 40 positive cases, 35 come from the Sault Ste. Marie, less than five came from both the Elliot Lake area, central and east Algoma. There have been zero cases in north Algoma.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

There are currently five active cases of COVID-19 in the Nipissing District after a new positive confirmation Wednesday afternoon involving a resident between the ages of 60 and 79 and one case involving a 20-39-year-old was resolved. The elderly person is a close contact of another confirmed case and is in self-isolation. On Tuesday a new case of the disease was confirmed in a Nipissing District resident under 20-years-old. The health unit said the infection is due to community spread, meaning they have not travelled or had contact with another known case of the disease, and the individual is self-isolating.  

Near North District School Board said on its website Monday that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Chippewa Secondary School in North Bay. One was announced Sunday by the health unit and involves a student aged 19 or younger.

Of the active cases, two are 19 or younger, two are between the ages of 40 and 59 and one is between 60 and 79-years-old. There is still evidence of community spread.

A total of 47 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 42 have been resolved, including one COVID-related death on May 15. Thirty-one of those were in the Nipissing District and 15 in the Parry Sound District.  

Public Health Sudbury & Districts

There are four active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, all within the City of Greater Sudbury, after a new case was confirmed Wednesday evening. Cambrian College President Bill Best issued a statement on the school's website confirming a positive case facility. The public health website said the individual is a close case of another with unknown exposure, indicating community spread of the disease. The person was tested Tuesday and is in self-isolation.

This is the second case in the city within two days, as another new case was previously confirmed Tuesday night. Health officials say the exposure is travel-related and the individual is self-isolating after being tested Monday.

A total of 114 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 110 resolved with two COVID-related deaths. The most recent death happened on May 1. The majority of cases,104, have been in Greater Sudbury, while five were in the Sudbury District and another five were in the Manitoulin District.

Porcupine Health Unit  (Includes the Town of Hornepayne, which is a part of the Algoma District)

There are currently five active cases of COVID-19 in the Cochrane District after a resident currently outside the region was confirmed positive for the disease Wednesday afternoon.

The other active cases are located the Hearst-Hornepayne area, Timmins, Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, Fauquier-Strickland area and one is an individual who is currently outside the region.

On the weekend, families at the Roland Michener Secondary School in the South Porcupine area of Timmins were notified that a member of the school community tested positive for the disease. The District School Board Ontario North East's website says one class at the school is now in isolation as a result.

Since the pandemic began, 92 cases have been confirmed positive in the Timmins, the Cochrane District and the Town of Hornepayne, with 87 considered resolved, including nine deaths. The most recent happened on Aug. 28, when a man in his 70s has died due to complications related to his COVID-19 infection.

Fifty-five the cases have been in the Timmins area, 24 in the Cochrane/Matheson/Iroquois Falls/Smooth Rock Falls area, three in Kapuskasing, four in Hearst/Hornepayne, one resident outside the district, and five in James and Hudson Bay regions.

Timiskaming Health Unit

The Timiskaming District now has zero active cases, after the two most recent positive cases have been designated to other health units and one other case that has been resolved will be counted.

There have been a total of 17 confirmed cases, all of which have been resolved and zero COVID-related deaths in this district.

Read more about the first wave of COVID-19 in northeastern Ontario here.


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