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 cases that have been resolved, including deaths.

After an alarming surge in new infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Ontario government has escalated the shutdown restrictions that went into effect on the whole province on Saturday. The province declared a third state of emergency on Wednesday due to the pandemic and issued stricter stay-at-home orders that begin at 12:01 a.m. April 8 - less than 10 hours after the annoucement. The newest stay-at-home orders are in place for at least four weeks, but could be extended before May 6.

This comes as officials declare Ontario is in its third wave of COVID-19.

Since Christmas Eve, the number of new cases has nearly quadruplued those recorded in the first nine months of the pandemic. Since Dec. 23, there have been 2,111 new infections confirmed, an increase of 356 per cent, and 1,798 cases resolved, including 46 deaths since Jan. 11. There have been seven COVID-related deaths in as many days in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, marking the deadliest week since the pandemic began. The Timiskaming District recorded its second fatality due to the disease on March 22. On March 10, the Sudbury area recorded its 15th COVID-related death. The last COVID-related death connected to the outbreak at Extendicare Kapuskasing happened on March 9. The first week of March, there were three COVID-related deaths, two of them happened on March 1, one in Algoma and the other in North Bay connected to the outbreak at Lancelot Apartments, and another in Sudbury on March 2.

Since January, 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, one at Finladia Village, three at Lancelot Apartments and one at Sudbury's Pioneer Manor. There have been a total of 58 COVID-related deaths to date in northeastern Ontario.

As of April 9 at 11 a.m., there are 340 active cases in northeastern Ontario after 33 new infections were confirmed and 41 other cases resolved over the last 24 hours.

There have been variants of concern detected in 477 positive COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin area and in 65 cases in the North Bay area, including 31 connected to the Lancelot Apartment outbreak. The B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant, also known as the U.K. variant, has been confirmed in at least three cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts and two in the Parry Sound District. 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 27 cases of B.1.351, originally discovered in South Africa, five confirmed cases of B.1.1.7 originating in the U.K., and 22 others in which the exact strain has not yet been identified. A total of 23 cases involving variants of concern have also been detected in the Timiskaming region, the exact strains have not yet been confirmed.

Here is how the disease rates stand in each of the northeastern health units:

Algoma Public Health  

There are currently 30 active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District after 4 new cases were recorded on Friday.

One new infection was confirmed in the Sault Ste. Marie area and two other previous cases were resolved on Thursday. Since April 1, there have been 25 new cases confirmed in the Algoma District.

There is currently one person in the district hospitalized due to the disease.

A COVID outbreak was also declared at Central Algoma Secondary School. Grades 9 - 12 at the school have switched to online learning as of March 15, but the school's elementary and intermediate grades are able to continue in-person learning.

The first shipment of the Moderna vaccine was received on Jan. 27 and long-term care home residents have been vaccinated.

The Algoma District's first COVID-related death happened on Jan. 18. The second happened exactly a week later, the third death was on Feb. 15 and the fourth, and latest one, was announced March 1.

Since New Year's Eve, there have been 189 new cases of the disease, accounting for 74 per cent of the total cases in the district since the pandemic began, and 166 have been resolved, including four deaths.

"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 258 confirmed positive cases, 228 resolved, including four COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. The majority of the positive cases, 189, have been in the Sault Ste. Marie area, 47 in central and east Algoma, three in north Algoma and 17 in the Elliot Lake area.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit  

There are currently 17 active cases in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts as of Saturday afternoon after 3 new cases were recorded on Friday.

There were six new infections confirmed along with nine more variants of concern detected, three previous cases resolved and one new COVID-related hospitalization. Of the new cases, two are in Nipissing and four are in Parry Sound.

Five of the active cases are in the Parry Sound area, while the other 11 are from Nipissing.

Of the active cases, three people were exposed through community spread, six were exposed through close contact with another confirmed case, one is travel-related and the other six are outbreak-related. The ages of those infected ranges from three people under 20 years old, six are between ages 20 and 39, four are between the ages of 40 and 59, while the other three are between 60 and 79 years old.

On March 2, the health unit received lab confirmation that two individuals from the Parry Sound area tested positive for the B.1.1.7. variant of concern that originated in the U.K. Both people were exposed through community spread, meaning they did not know exactly where they caught the disease.

"We now have confirmation of two different strains of COVID-19 Variants of Concern in our Health Unit district. This is very concerning as we are seeing community spread," said Dr. Jim Chirico, medical officer of health for North Bay and Parry Sound. "We must all do what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community to help save lives and to be able to re-open our economy. It is essential we continue to follow public health measures."

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 45 people from Skyline - Lancelot Apartments in North Bay have been infected, but only 38 of them live there full time. A covid variant has been detected in 31 of those cases and 21 of those have been identified as the B.1.351 from South Africa. As of Thursday afternoon, all of the active cases connected to the building have been resolved and three have died. The first one was on Feb. 17, the second was on Feb. 23, and the third fatality happened on March 1.

The number of confirmed cases involving the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant originating in South Africa has grown to 27. Six infections were confirmed to be the B.1.1.7, which originated in the U.K. Thirty-two other cases in the district have screened positive for a variant of concern and officials are determining which strain they belong to.

Since Christmas Eve, there have been 195 new cases and 195 cases have been resolved in this same period. This accounts for 63 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.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 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. To date, the health unit has given 24,070 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, with 1,760 people now completely vaccinated.

A total of 311 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 290 have been resolved, including four COVID-related deaths. Nipissing District has had 203 cases total, while 105 cases are from the Parry Sound District.  

Public Health Sudbury & Districts  

There are currently 244 active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts after 24 new and 22 resolved cases were recorded on Saturday.

On Thursday after another 19 new infections were confirmed, 20 more cases involving a variant of concern and 27 resolved cases were recorded.

Since Monday, 86 new infections have been confirmed and 90 cases resolved, including one death that was reported on Sunday night.

Public health has started publishing all active outbreaks in the area, not just schools and congregate living settings. As of Wednesday, there are 13 active outbreaks in the Sudbury area:

  • Private outdoor gathering in Greater Sudbury - outbreak declared on April 3
  • 323 Second Avenue N Apartment Building
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda Site
  • Christian Horizons St. Joseph’s Villa
  • Health Sciences North, sixth floor, North Tower
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Maslack Supply, Falconbridge Location
  • Ivan's Kitchen Cabinets
  • St. Gabriel Villa 
  • Sudbury Developmental Services Holland Road Site
  • Trillium College Sudbury Campus, one class
  • Vale Limited Coleman Mine site/Creighton Mine site, Contractor administration building and underground mine site
  • YMCA Warming Centre, and support agencies

Last week, there were seven COVID deaths in the area, the most in one week since the pandemic began. 

During the last week of March, Public Health Sudbury & Districts recorded 156 new infections and resolved 202 others, including five COVID-related deaths. Of those new cases, 43 per cent tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern.

A new vaccination pilot project has started whereby paramedics will vaccinate homebound residents born in 1941 or earlier or those receiving chronic home care services in their homes.

Sudbury and Manitoulin District residents ages 55 and older can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through select pharmacies and adults ages 60 and older in 2021 can book an appointment at an upcoming vaccine clinic online or by calling the health unit at 705-674-2299.

All Greater Sudbury schools moved to online learning until further notice beginning March 15 due to the rise in the number of new COVID-19 infections.

The first week of March, 109 new infections were confirmed and eight cases resolved, including one COVID-related death on Tuesday.

As of March 26, there are no longer any school-related COVID outbreaks in Sudbury. 

During the last week of February, there were 28 new infections confirmed, 17 resolved, including one death and the outbreak at Health Sciences North was declared over.  The COVID-related death marked the area's thirteenth fatality due to the disease and the second connected to the outbreak at Health Sciences North. 

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, 43,751 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 4,329 people who have been fully vaccinated.

"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 Feb. 10."

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.

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 1,343 new cases of COVID-19 and 1,076 resolved, including 21 deaths. This accounts for 84 per cent of the total number of new cases since the pandemic began.

"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 1,680 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 1,436 resolved with 23 COVID-related deaths. The majority of cases, 1,525 have been in Greater Sudbury, while 60 were in the Sudbury District and another 34 were in the Manitoulin District.

As of Thursday at noon, there were 16 COVID-related hospitalizations at Health Sciences North, five of those are in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 28 patients at the Sudbury hospital having been tested and awaiting results, with none of those currently in the ICU.

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  

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

There are currently 47 active cases of COVID-19 in the district after 3 new cases were recroded on Saturday.

Four cases were resolved on Friday morning. This after seven new infections were confirmed and two previous cases were resolved on Thursday. 

Since Monday, the health unit has recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases and resolved 10 after confirming 15 new cases last weekend.

Of the active cases, 23 are in Timmins and nine are in Cochrane/Matheson/Iroquois and Smooth Rock Falls. All but one of the cases is due to close contact with a confirmed case, while one is the result of community exposure.

Health officials say an infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours before having any symptoms or testing positive for the disease.

Health care workers can in the Cochrane District can now pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccine here.

On March 5, 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.

The week of Feb. 15, 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. 

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. 

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. 

Since Christmas Eve, there have been 265 new cases and 238 resolved, accounting for 68 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.

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

Since the pandemic began, 392 cases have been confirmed positive in the Cochrane District and the Town of Hornepayne. Of those, 335 cases have been resolved, including 25 deaths.

Timiskaming Health Unit - Moving to Red/Control on March 29 from Yellow/Protect

There is currently 2 active infections of COVID-19 in the Timiskaming District as of Thursday afternoon after two cases were resolved.

Three new cases were resolved on Thursday, but variants of concern were detected in five previously confirmed cases. Of the active cases, two are related to an institutional outbreak, one was in close contact with another confirmed case and one is still under investigation.

Last week, four new infections were confirmed and two previous resolved, including another COVID-related death recorded on Tuesday and six new infections were confirmed and one case resolved on Thursday. It marks the Timiskaming District's second COVID fatality during the pandemic.

Five new cases were confirmed on Friday and three others on Saturday.

Last week, seven new infections had been confirmed and two have been resolved. The biggest jump in new cases in weeks was announced March 4, with six new cases.

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 six-fold, rising from 19 to 131. There have been 100 new cases since Christmas Eve, accounting for 76 per cent of the total infections since the pandemic began, and 93 cases have been resolved, including two COVID-related deaths.

Health officials have also closed the Encore Club in Kirkland Lake at the order of a public health inspector.

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 131 confirmed cases in the Timiskaming District, and 127 have been resolved including two COVID-related deaths, one on Jan. 11 and the other March 22.  

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

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