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.

Ontario's new COVID-19 Response Framework went into effect Saturday. Currently, all five health units in northeastern Ontario are in the Green - Prevent category.

As of Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m., there are 32 active cases in northeastern Ontario and here is where they are:

Algoma Public Health

There are currently three active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District after two new cases were confirmed Tuesday, one in Sault Ste. Marie and the other in central and east Algoma. Both were exposed through international travel.

Algoma Public Health has also issued a special advisory 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 Dec. 2 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 60 confirmed positive cases, 57 resolved, and zero COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. Of the 60 positive cases, 54 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

As of Wednesday afternoon, there are currently 13 active cases of COVID-19 in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts after two more cases were confirmed and three more were resolved on Friday. There are 11 active cases in the Nipissing District and two in the Parry Sound District. Eleven of the 13 active cases were infected through close contact with another confirmed case and under age 40.

The outbreak declared by public health at Nipising University in North Bay on Tuesday has grown to a total of 16 cases of COVID-19.

 

The outbreak was triggered after six members of the university's athletic community tested positive for the disease. All six live off campus, but three have been on campus. Since then, an additional 10 cases have been confirmed.

"None of the known positive cases have been on campus since the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre closed for a deep cleaning on Nov. 18," said Nipissing University. 

In a statement Wednesday night, the university said one student living in residence has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been moved to a quarantine suite. 

"Nipissing is supporting the student in quarantine with access to food and any other supports they require to ensure their health and wellbeing. Facilities staff is conducting additional cleaning throughout the building, in addition to existing measures of thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing campus buildings on a daily basis," the university said.

This month, there have been 18 new cases of COVID-19, half of which are new in the last week, accounting for nearly a third of the total cases in these two districts since the pandemic began.

Many of these cases were due to community spread of the disease, prompting Dr. Jim Chirico, the medical officer of health for North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, to declare the area is in the second wave.

There is currently no COVID-related hospitalizations in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts.

Health officials have confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 on the Nipissing University campus in North Bay. The school has closed the athletic centre for cleaning Wednesday as a result. 

Canadore College said in a statement Thursday evening that a member of the school community, who has not been on campus, has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

A total of 76 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 63 have been resolved, including one COVID-related death on May 15. Fifty-four of those were in the Nipissing District and 22 in the Parry Sound District.  

Public Health Sudbury & Districts

There are currently 11 active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts Friday evening, after two more cases have been resolved.

This month, there have been 102 new cases, which accounts for 45% of all cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts since the pandemic began. 

The majority of the active cases are among residents of Greater Sudbury, while some are in the Sudbury District and one in the Manitoulin District.

One of the spikes this month is connected to a Halloween Party held on Oct. 31 at 955 Meadowside Avenue in New Sudbury, the party was held without the homeowner's knowledge. Neither Sudbury police nor Ontario Provincial Police were called about the party, so there have been no charges laid yet, however, if it is found to have violated the province's private gathering restrictions, that could change.

An outbreak declared Nov. 10 at Sudbury's Pioneer Manor after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 has been resolved as of Nov. 21. The only units affected at the long-term care home are the Lilac and Mallard units.

Last week, Weston Food has confirmed that its Sudbury bakery location has had a 'handful' of employees test positive for COVID-19, as well Real Canadian Superstore has reported several employees have also tested positive. 

Earlier this month, two COVID-19 cases were confirmed at Lasalle Secondary School, but no outbreak was declared.

Some recent cases are linked to recent outbreaks at the McDonald's in Chelmsford and to cases at Cambrian College, the health unit said.

McDonald's Canada confirmed in a news release earlier this month three employees from the location in Chelmsford reported testing positive for the disease and said the affected fast-food restaurant closed immediately for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third-party upon receiving the information.

"For any guests who may have visited the restaurant on Oct. 30, 31 or Nov. 1, please take directions from the experts at Ontario Health Services," said McDonald's in a news release.

Cambrian College also reported more confirmed cases involved in its school community last week. The number of new cases or if any of the individuals have been on campus is still unknown, but the school released a statement Tuesday saying that 23 members of the Cambrian community have self-reported testing positive for the disease. Health officials maintain there is no evidence of transmission on campus, therefore no outbreak is being declared.

The province's new response framework went into effect Nov. 14. Public Health Sudbury & Districts is currently listed in the Yellow - Protect category.

A total of 230 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 219 resolved with two COVID-related deaths. The most recent death happened on May 1. The majority of cases, 208, have been in Greater Sudbury, while 13 were in the Sudbury District and another seven were in the Manitoulin District.

There are currently no COVID-related hospitalizations at Health Sciences North, but there are five patients at the Sudbury hospital who have been tested and are waiting for results.

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

There are currently two active cases of COVID-19, including one involving a resident currently outside the region, after one more case was marked as resolved Saturday.

A new case was confirmed in Timmins Friday afternoon. The individual is isolating and the health unit is investigating the point of exposure.

On Wednesday night, public health officials announced that the previously confirmed case involving a Timmins resident without symptoms who works at the local Extendicare received a false positive result.

The health unit issued a public advisory about a possible on Ontario Northland's Polar Express Train last Friday. It involves someone who lives outside of the region. Porcupine Health Unit will be contacting all passengers in Coach #2 that travelled from Moosonee to Cochrane Nov. 13. 

"Passengers in coach #2, Rows 5 to 9, are advised to self-isolate immediately," said the health unit. "Other passengers seated in coach #2 are asked to self-monitor, which ends on Nov. 27."

On Saturday, health officials confirmed two cases in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls are close contacts of another confirmed case.

One of the active cases with the Cochrane district involves a resident who remains outside of the region.

The last remaining active case in Hearst was resolved last Tuesday. 

Porcupine Health Unit declared an outbreak on Oct. 28 at its Hearst office because two employees have tested positive and it has been determined both cases are connected. The previous week, a student at a French Catholic high school, Ecole secondaire catholique de Hearst, tested positive resulting in four classes being sent home to self-isolate. Due to contact tracing, public health officials also warned of a potential public exposure at a local gym, Rick's Muscle World Centre.

Public health officials say there is a continued risk of community spread.

Since the pandemic began, 106 cases have been confirmed positive in the Timmins District and the Town of Hornepayne, with 103 considered resolved, one out of region, and nine deaths. The most recent death occurred on Aug. 28, when a man in his 70s has died due to complications related to his COVID-19 infection.

Timiskaming Health Unit

The Timiskaming District is back to zero active COVID-19 cases Friday. The last case was confirmed by the health unit Nov. 14, the first new one after two months without any.  

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 18 confirmed cases in the Timiskaming District, and all  have been resolved. There have been no COVID-related deaths in this district.

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

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