Tracking the number of active COVID-19 cases in northeastern Ontario
Published Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:00PM EDT Last Updated Friday, February 26, 2021 6:40PM EST
The number of active COVID-19 cases in northeastern Ontario as of Feb. 28/21 at 5:30 p.m. is 86. (CTV Northern Ontario)
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, including deaths.
As of Feb. 16, the districts of Sudbury, Manitoulin, Algoma, Cochrane and Timiskaming reverted back to Ontario's revised COVID-19 response framework as the stay-at-home orders made by the Ontario government are lifted. Find out which level your northern community has been placed in here and what that means.
The Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts will continue to follow stay-at-home orders until at least March 8 along with Toronto, Peel and York Region Public Health. Dr. Jim Chirico, the medical officer of health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, asked the province to keep his region shutdown due to concerns about a rise in COVID-19 variant cases.
Ontario went under lockdown on Boxing Day after modelling data showed the health system could become overwhelmed due to a spike in cases.
Since Christmas Eve, there have been 908 new infections confirmed, an increase of 153 per cent, and 859 cases resolved, including 33 deaths. The most recent COVID-related death was announced Feb. 25 and involves someone infected through the outbreak at Health Sciences North in Sudbury marking the second fatality connected to the virus at Sudbury's hospital. Also this week, the North Bay Parry Sound area's third COVID-related death was announced, it is the second connected to the outbreak at North Bay's Lancelot Apartment complex and involves the COVID variant B.1351 that originated in South Africa.
Since Jan. 11, there have been several other deadly COVID outbreaks with 16 lives lost in connection to the one at Extendicare Kapuskasing, seven from the Amberwood Suites Retirement Residence, and one at Sudbury's Pioneer Manor. There have been a total of 45 COVID-related deaths to date in northeastern Ontario.
As of Feb. 26 at 5:06 p.m., there are 80 active cases in northeastern Ontario after nine new infections were confirmed and 21 cases marked resolved on Friday, including the death in Sudbury announced late Thursday night.
Since Monday, there have been 50 new infections confirmed and 54 resolved, including two deaths.
The B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant, also known as the U.K. variant, has been confirmed in at least two cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts. Both the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and Porcupine Health Unit confirmed variants have been discovered in their areas and have confirmed at least one case of B.1.351, originally discovered in South Africa. A variant has also been detected by officials in the Timiskaming region, although no local cases of it have been confirmed.
Here is how the disease rates stand in each of the northeastern health units:
Algoma Public Health - Reopened under Yellow - Protect COVID level on Feb. 16
There are currently three active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District after no new and one resolved case were reported on Sunday.
There were no new or resolved cases reported on Saturday.
One new infection was confirmed in the Elliot Lake area Thursday. Four previous cases have been resolved since Monday.
There was one new case was reported on Saturday along with four cases resolved.
Last week, two new infections were confirmed and 15 previous cases were resolved, including one COVID-related death on Monday.
The week of Feb. 8, there were nine new cases and 17 previous cases resolved in total.
On Feb. 11, Algoma Public Health said eight positive cases were found to be connected to a multi-dwelling unit at 100 Warsaw Place in Elliot Lake. They are advising all residents in the building to get tested for COVID-19.
During the first week of February, there were 26 new infections confirmed, including the first two in north Algoma, and nine resolved.
The first shipment of the Moderna vaccine was received on Jan. 27 and long-term care home residents have been vaccinated.
The only active COVID outbreak in the Algoma District is at F.J. Davey Home. The outbreak was declared on Friday after six staff members tested positive for the disease. Residents at the facility is being completed.
The Algoma District's first COVID-related death happened on Jan. 18. The second happened exactly a week later.
Since New Year's Eve, there have been 131 new cases of the disease, accounting for 67 per cent of the total cases in the district since the pandemic began, and 130 have been resolved, including three deaths.
Algoma Public Health has also extended a special advisory again to residents who regularly cross the Canada-U.S. border for work or study due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Chippewa County, Michigan. Health officials are advising Canadians to avoid cross-border travel until at least Feb. 24 and to use virtual options when possible. Read more about the advisory here.
"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."
"All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days," said Algoma Public Health.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 196 confirmed positive cases, 193 resolved, including three COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. The majority of the positive cases, 146, have been in the Sault Ste. Marie area, 35 in central and east Algoma, three in north Algoma and 12 in the Elliot Lake area.
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - Stay-at-home orders in effect until at least March 8
The Health Unit website lists 10 active cases, however, 4 new cases were reported as a part of an outbreak at the Parry Sound McDonald's on Saturday. It is unclear if the cases reported are 4 additional cases or if 4 cases were also marked as resolved.
There were 18 previous infections recorded as resolved on Friday and no new infections were confirmed.
Since Monday, a there has been a significant drop in the number of active cases after five new infections were confirmed and 26 resolved, including another death connected to the COVID outbreak at Lancelot Apartments. This marked the area's third COVID death and the second connected to the building.
On Feb. 13, officials warned of a new 'cluster of cases' at an apartment complex. The individuals in question were not close contacts, only connected through the address. Health officials say 42 people from Skyline - Lancelot Apartments in North Bay have been infected, but only 36 of them live there full time. A covid variant has been detected in 28 of those cases and 14 of those have been identified as the B.1.351 from South Africa. As of Friday afternoon, three active cases connected to the building remain and 37 cases have been resolved, including two deaths. The first one was on Feb. 17.
On Friday, health officials declared a COVID outbreak at Cassellholme Long-Term Care Home after 13 non-residents connected to the home tested positive, including one person with a variant of concern. The testing was part of routine surveillance testing of staff and essential visitors at the long-term care home.
The week of Feb. 8, there were 16 new infections confirmed and nine others resolved.
Of the active cases, eight are in the Nipissing District and the remaining two are from the Parry Sound area.
Over the previous weekend, 16 new infections in the Nipissing District were confirmed, one person was hospitalized due to the disease and four cases were recorded as resolved.
The week of Feb. 8, there were total of eight new cases and three resolved.
Of the active cases, three are due to community spread, one is under investigation and six are outbreak-related. Two of the active cases are between 20 and 39 years old, two are individuals 40 - 59 years old, one is between 60 and 79, another 80 and up, and four are under 20 years old.
Since Christmas Eve, there have been 149 new cases and 155 cases have been resolved in this same period. This accounts for 57 per cent of the total number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
A total of 53 new infections were confirmed in December, 37 per cent of the total cases since the pandemic began. In November, there were 32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed, at the time accounting for more than 40 per cent of the total cases in these two districts since the pandemic began.
On Friday, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit said it completed administering the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This involved 505 long-term care residents and 16 front-line staff at the care homes.
A total of 262 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 252 have been resolved, including three COVID-related deaths. Nipissing District has had 171 cases total, while 91 cases are from the Parry Sound District.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts - Reopened under Orange/Restrict on Feb. 16
There are currently 42 active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts after 13 new and 7 resolved cases were reported on Sunday.
There were 11 new cases recorded on Saturday afternoon
six new infections were confirmed and one marked as resolved after one COVID-related death announced late Thursday night involving someone exposed through the outbreak at Health Sciences North. This marks the area's 13th COVID fatality and the second connected to the Sudbury hospital outbreak that has ended.
Of the active cases, three are from the Sudbury District and 33 are from the City of Greater Sudbury.
Two schools from the Rainbow District Schoo Board, Lasalle Secondary School and Cyril Varney Public School were closed Wednesday after five infections involving variants of concern were detected. All students and staff were sent home to isolate and seek COVID-19 testing. One elementary afternoon bus route is also affected, N100. Outbreaks at both schools were declared late Thursday night after an additional positive case was confirmed at each school.
Since Monday, there have been 28 new infections confirmed, 17 resolved, including one death and the outbreak at Health Sciences North was declared over. Also late Thursday night, a COVID outbreak was declared at The Walford Sudbury retirement home after one staff member tested positive for the disease.
Last week, 17 new infections were confirmed, 30 previous cases were resolved, and a COVID outbreak was declared at Cecil Facer Youth Centre Cottage #3 after one staff member tested positive.
Between Feb. 12 - 14, 10 new infections were confirmed and 19 previous cases, including one death connected to the outbreak at Pioneer Manor.
The week of Feb. 8, there were 24 new cases confirmed and 36 cases resolved, including one death connected to the COVID outbreak at Health Sciences North.
Feb. 5-7, there were 10 new infections were confirmed and 19 previous cases were deemed resolved, including another death connected to the Amberwood Suites retirement home outbreak.
To date, 1,729 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
"Public Health Sudbury & Districts has achieved an important milestone in the journey to protect the area’s most vulnerable from COVID-19," the health unit said. "By immunizing all consenting residents of area long-term care and high-risk retirement homes in addition to residents and staff of Elders’ lodges, Public Health has met the provincial target date of February 10."
On Feb. 5, health officials said the B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in at least one case in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts connected to international travel and is suspected to be involved in three other infections. A similar announcement was made on Saturday.
This after 20 new cases were added over the last weekend in January along with 29 resolved, including two deaths. One of the COVID-related deaths involved a Finlandia resident, while the second involved a resident from Amberwood Suites retirement Home. Marking Sudbury's ninth death since the pandemic began. There have been 10 COVID deaths in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts since Jan. 15.
There are currently four active outbreaks in the Sudbury area: Cecil Facer Youth Centre involving a single staff member, the entire Elizabeth Centre, which involves seven residents and zero staff members, Lasalle Secondary school involving four students, Cyril Varney Public School involving two students and one staff, as well as one staff member at The Walford retirement home.
The outbreaks at Amberwood Suites retirement home involving 10 staff and 36 residents, Pioneer Manor involving three staff and five residents, Health Sciences North Level 6 and medical overflow of the south tower, Finlandiakoti apartment building and Block B at Finlandia Village, Summit Human Services Group Home, St. David school, St. Denis school, Extendicare Falconbridge, Marymount Academy, St. Charles College, Chartwell Southwind Retirement Residence, and Pius XII school are now over.
To date, there have been seven COVID deaths connected to the outbreak at Amberwood Suites, which was declared Jan. 5 after a resident tested positive for the disease. Health officials said there are at least 38 cases of COVID-19 linked to the senior's residence in city's South End. Five of those cases involve staff members, while the other 33 are residents.
Since Christmas Eve, there have been 354 new cases of COVID-19 and 321 resolved, including 11 deaths. This accounts for 58 per cent of the total number of cases since the pandemic began.
In January, Vale has confirmed the first COVID-19 case at Coleman Mine and said there is no evidence of workplace transmission.
"Self-isolation means not leaving home for work or school, not using public transportation, and avoiding contact with others," public health said.
In November, 104 new cases were confirmed, which accounts for more than 36 per cent of all cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts since the pandemic began.
A total of 635 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 582 resolved with 13 COVID-related deaths. The majority of cases, 566 have been in Greater Sudbury, while 21 were in the Sudbury District and another 24 were in the Manitoulin District.
As of Friday at noon, there are five COVID-related hospitalizations at Health Sciences North, one of whom is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and another seven patients at the Sudbury hospital have been testedand are waiting for results, two of those are currently in the intensive care unit.
A man in his 80s with COVID-19 was transferred from the Timiskaming District to the Sudbury hospital Jan. 8 and passed away the following Monday, marking the first COVID-related death of a Timiskaming District resident.
Porcupine Health Unit - Reopens under Orange/Restrict on Feb. 16
(Includes the Town of Hornepayne, which is a part of the Algoma District)
There are currently 18 active cases of COVID-19 in the district after one new and 11 resolved cases were reported on Sunday.
No new infections have been recorded as of Saturday afternoon.
Two new infections were confirmed in the Hearst/Hornepayne area and two other cases resolved on Friday. A COVID outbreak has also been declared at Innes Transport in Moosonee.
On Friday, health officials announced a high-risk public exposure on an Ontario Northland bus that left Toronto at 11 a.m. Wednesday and made a stop in Sudbury before arriving in Timmins. Everyone riding the bus is asked to self-isolate immediately and call the local public health unit.
Since Monday, there have been 14 new cases confirmed, nine in James/Hudson Bay and five in Hearst, and seven others resolved.
Porcupine Health Unit are warning of a risk of exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who was at GG's Ace Hardware Store Feb. 11-19. Health officials are asking anyone that went to the store during that time to monitor closely for symptoms for 14 days and call the health unit if symptoms appear.
Last week, a total of 17 new infections were confirmed, 18 resolved cases resolved, including one death as a result of the outbreak at Extendicare Kapuskasing was confirmed, it is the 16th fatality at the long-term care home and the Cochrane District's 25th total. A COVID outbreak was also declared at Villa Minto, a long-term care home in Cochrane.
The outbreak in Kapuskasing was declared on Jan. 7 after a staff member and two residents at the facility tested positive for the disease has ended as of Feb. 24 after two weeks without any new infections. There have been a total of 71 outbreak-related cases at the facility, mosting involving residents. The first of 16 deaths at the home happened on Jan. 21. It was the Cochrane District's first COVID-related death since August.
Between Feb. 12-14, five new infections and 11 previous cases were deemed resolved. One new case reported on Sunday is linked to the outbreak at Foyers des Pionniers in Hearst, Ont.
The week of Feb. 8, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Cochrane District was cut in half, 60 previous COVID-19 cases were resolved, including the two fatalities also linked to the long-term care home outbreak at Extendicare Kapuskasing, and only eight new cases confirmed. On Wednesday, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at drug rehab centre Maison Renaissance in Hearst.
The first week of February, there were 14 new cases confirmed in the district and 26 resolved.
Porcupine Health Unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Foyer des Pionniers nursing home in Hearst. It is unclear how many cases there are at the facility.
Of the active cases in the Cochrane District, three are outbreak-related (one from Hearst, one from Kapuskasing, and one from Cochrane), 19 were exposed through close contact with an infected person, five are still under investigation, and one is due to international travel.
Of the active cases in the Cochrane District, one is from Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, Fauquier-Strickland area, two from the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois and Smooth Rock Falls, 17 from James and Hudson Bay, and eight are from the area of Hearst, Hornepayne.
Since Christmas Eve, there have been 2119 new cases and 192 resolved, accounting for 62 per cent of the total positive cases since the pandemic began.
Dr. Lianne Catton, the medical officer of health for the Cochrane District, shared a video message on the Porcupine Health Unit's Facebook page Dec. 8. Watch it here.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and call the health unit.
"An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours before having any symptoms or testing positive for the disease," the health unit said.
Public health officials say there is a continued risk of community spread.
Since the pandemic began, 338 cases have been confirmed positive in the Cochrane District and the Town of Hornepayne. Of those, 311 cases have been resolved, including 25 deaths.
Timiskaming Health Unit - Reopens under Green/Prevent on Feb. 16
There are currently two active infections of COVID-19 in the Timiskaming District after another infection was confirmed on Friday. This after a new case was confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
The first COVID-related death involving a resident of the Timiskaming District happened on Jan. 11. A man in his 80s with the disease was transferred to Health Sciences North on Friday and passed away after three days. He was exposed to the disease through close contact with another confirmed case and was tested on Christmas Eve.
Since the beginning of December, the number of COVID-19 cases in the health unit's coverage area has more than quadrupled, rising from 19 to 94. There have been 63 new cases since Christmas Eve, accounting for 67 per cent of the total infections since the pandemic began, all but one have been resolved.
Health officials have also closed the Encore Club in Kirkland Lake at the order of a public health inspector.
On Dec. 18, the Timiskaming Health Unit also declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Teck Pioneer Residence in Kirkland Lake after one staff member tested positive for the disease. That outbreak has been declared over.
Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 94 confirmed cases in the Timiskaming District, and 92 have been resolved including one COVID-related death on Jan. 11, 2021.
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