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 1,025 new infections confirmed, an increase of 173 per cent, and 904 cases resolved, including 36 deaths. There have been three more COVID-related death this week, two of them happened on Monday, one in Algoma and the other in North Bay connected to the outbreak at Lancelot Apartments, and another in Sudbury on Tuesday.

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 48 COVID-related deaths to date in northeastern Ontario.

As of March 4 at 5 p.m., there are 158 active cases in northeastern Ontario after 23 new infections were confirmed, another 16 in the Sudbury area alone, and seven cases marked resolved on Thursday. Since Monday, there have been 79 new cases confirmed and eight resolved, including one death.

There have been variants of concern detected in 40 positive COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin area and in 29 cases in the North Bay area 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 16 cases 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 six active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District after a new infection was confirmed in the Sault Ste. Marie area on Thursday. 

This after one COVID-related death was announced Monday afternoon, marking the district's fourth COVID fatality.

Over the weekend, three new infections were confirmed in the Elliot Lake area and another case resolved.

Last week, there was one new infection confirmed and four cases resolved.

The week of Feb. 15, 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.

There are currently no outbreaks in the Algoma region. The last COVID outbreak at F.J. Davey Home was declared over on Feb. 26 after almost a month. The outbreak was declared on Friday after six staff members tested positive for the disease.  

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 135 new cases of the disease, accounting for 68 per cent of the total cases in the district since the pandemic began, and 132 have been resolved, including four 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 200 confirmed positive cases, 194 resolved, including four COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. The majority of the positive cases, 147, have been in the Sault Ste. Marie area, 35 in central and east Algoma, three in north Algoma and 15 in the Elliot Lake area.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - Stay-at-home orders in effect until at least March 8

There are currently six active cases in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts after one previous infection from the Parry Sound area was resolved on Thursday. Half of the active cases are in the Nipissing District while the other half are in the Parry Sound area.

Since Monday, there have been five new infections confirmed, all but one from Parry Sound, and nine resolved, including a third death connected to the COVID outbreak at the Lancelot Apartments in North Bay - marking the district's fourth death total.

The health unit's area remains under stay-at-home orders until at least March 8.

Four new cases were reported as a part of an outbreak at the Parry Sound McDonald's on Saturday.

There was a significant drop in the number of active cases last week 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 44 people from Skyline - Lancelot Apartments in North Bay have been infected, but only 37 of them live there full time. A covid variant has been detected in 29 of those cases and 17 of those have been identified as the B.1.351 from South Africa. As of Tuesday afternoon, two active cases connected to the building remain and 39 cases have been resolved, including three deaths. The first one was on Feb. 17 and the second was on Feb. 23.

On Feb. 19, 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.

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, five are due to community spread and two are outbreak-related. Five of the active cases are between 60 and 79 years old, one is between 40 - 59 years old, and one is under 20 years old.

Since Christmas Eve, there have been 154 new cases and 164 cases have been resolved in this same period. This accounts for 58 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 267 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 261 have been resolved, including four COVID-related deaths. Nipissing District has had 172 cases total, while 95 cases are from the Parry Sound District.  

Public Health Sudbury & Districts - Reopened under Orange/Restrict on Feb. 16

There are currently 124 active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts after another jump in new cases. On Thursday, 16 new infections were confirmed and four previous cases resolved. One is from the Sudbury District and the rest are from the City of Greater Sudbury.

Since Monday, 79 new infections have been confirmed and eight cases resolved, including one COVID-related death on Tuesday.

An outbreak was declared at Sudbury Development Services congregate living setting after four staff and one resident tested positive for the disease.

Health officials said that 40 cases have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern. The exact strains have been confirmed in three cases to date, including two in February involving the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the U.K.

The majority, 118, of the active cases are from Greater Sudbury, while six are from Sudbury District.

Outbreaks have been declared at The Walford Sudbury retirement home and Sudbury Developmental Services congregate living setting as well as at five area schools.  

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario government is reporting active COVID infections at 12 Greater Sudbury schools.

Greater Sudbury schools where an outbreak has been declared:

  • Algonquin Road Public School - 2 students
  • Cyril Varney Public School - 2 students and 2 staff
  • Jean Hanson Public School - 2 students and 4 staff
  • Lasalle (Elementary and secondary) - 4 students
  • Lo-Ellen Park (Elementary and secondary) - 2 students

Schools with at least one active case:

  • Ecole Alliance St-Joseph
  • Ecole separee Saint-Augustin
  • Rainbow District School Board site
  • Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (Elementary)
  • Lockeby Composite School
  • Holy Trinity School
  • St. Charles College (Elementary and secondary)

Last week, 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. Also late Thursday night, a COVID outbreak was declared at The Walford Sudbury retirement home after one staff member tested positive for the disease.

The week of Feb. 15, 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, 6,717 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 601 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 February 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 457 new cases of COVID-19 and 336 resolved, including 12 deaths. This accounts for 64 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 714 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 590 resolved with 14 COVID-related deaths. The majority of cases, 666 have been in Greater Sudbury, while 24 were in the Sudbury District and another 24 were in the Manitoulin District.

As of Thursday at noon, there are zero COVID-related hospitalizations at Health Sciences North and another four patients at the Sudbury hospital have been tested and are waiting for results, none 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 14 active cases of COVID-19 in the district after two previous infections were resolved on Thursday.

Since Monday, there have been three new infections and five previous cases resolved. A COVID outbreak was declared at Kirkland Lake Gold on Tuesday. This after one new and 13 resolved cases were confirmed over the weekend.

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.

Last week, there were 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.

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. 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, five are outbreak-related (four from Hearst, one from Kapuskasing, and one from Jame and Hudson Bay), eight were exposed through close contact with an infected person, and one through community spread.

Of the active cases in the Cochrane District, one is from Kapuskasing, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam, Fauquier-Strickland area, six from James and Hudson Bay, and seven others are from the area of Hearst, Hornepayne.

Since Christmas Eve, there have been 215 new cases and 210 resolved, accounting for 63 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, 342 cases have been confirmed positive in the Cochrane District and the Town of Hornepayne. Of those, 328 cases have been resolved, including 25 deaths.

Timiskaming Health Unit - Reopens under Green/Prevent on Feb. 16

There are currently eight active infections of COVID-19 in the Timiskaming District after six new infections were confirmed on Thursday. This is the biggest jump in weeks. On Tuesday, one new case was confirmed and one resolved. 

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 101. There have been 70 new cases since Christmas Eve, accounting for 69 per cent of the total infections since the pandemic began, all but six 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 101 confirmed cases in the Timiskaming District, and 93 have been resolved including one COVID-related death on Jan. 11, 2021.  

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

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