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 effect until at least June 2, after being extended a second time on May 13.

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

The Ontario Ministry of Education postponed the March Break to the week of April 12 and has since announced that schools will be closed to in-person learning indefinitely as the surge in new infections continues.

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 3,226 new infections confirmed, an increase of 544 per cent, and 2,932 cases resolved, including 52 deaths since Jan. 11. The most recent COVID-related death happened in Sudbury May 3, marking the Sudbury and Manitoulin area's 28th fatality. Prior to that, there were two that happened April 27 and 28 in the Sudbury area. On April 22 a resident from the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois and Smooth Rock Falls area died of COVID-19, the Cochrane District's 26th death. The week of March 29 to April 4 marked the deadliest in the Sudbury area with seven COVID-related deaths in as many days. 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 61 COVID-related deaths to date in northeastern Ontario.

As of May 15 at 4 p.m., there are 355 active cases in northeastern Ontario after 37 new infections were confirmed and 23 previous cases were resolved on Friday.

Variants of concern (VOCs) have been detected in all five northeastern Ontario health unit areas. While the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, first detected in the U.K., is the dominant strain in Ontario, the B.1.351 strain that originated in South Africa is also circulating in the region. On March 31, Algoma Public Health announced VOCs have been detected in three recent COVID-19 cases, two in the Sault Ste. Marie area and one in the Elliot Lake area. There are now 75 cases involving VOCs in Algoma. There have been variants of concern detected in 870 positive COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin area and in 136 cases in the North Bay area, including 31 connected to the Lancelot Apartment outbreak. A total of 74 cases involving variants of concern have also been detected in the Timiskaming region, the exact strains have not yet been confirmed. The first VOC case in the Porcupine Health Unit region was detected Feb. 4 and both the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 have been confirmed in the Cochrane District since then. There have been a total of 258 cases in the Cochrane District that have tested positive for variants of concern.

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

Algoma Public Health  

There are currently 32 active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District after 1 new case was reported on Sunday and another one case reported on Saturday.

There were three new infections were confirmed, two in Sault Ste. Marie and one in the central and east Algoma area, on Friday. This after four new infections were confirmed in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday and three new infections were confirmed and two others resolved on Wednesday. 

Last week, there were 17 new infections confirmed in the Algoma District more than 20 previous cases being resolved.

Two weeks ago, 23 new infections were confirmed and 23 previous cases were resolved. Friday was the only day so far this month without a new case added.

Three weeks ago, 27 new infections were confirmed and 19 cases resolved. An outbreak at Echo Bay Learning Center was declared this week as well.

Since April 1, there have been 132 new cases confirmed in the Algoma District.

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 296 new cases of the disease, accounting for 82 per cent of the total cases in the district since the pandemic began, and 272 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 366 confirmed positive cases, 334 resolved, including four COVID-related deaths in the Algoma District. The majority of the positive cases, 282, have been in the Sault Ste. Marie area, 51 in central and east Algoma, four in north Algoma and 24 in the Elliot Lake area.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit  

There are currently 38 active cases in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts after five new infections, two in Nipissing and three in Parry Sound, were confirmed and one previous cae was resolved on Friday. This after two new infections were confirmed and two others resolved on Thursday, six new infections were confirmed and two others resolved on Wednesday, and three new infections were confirmed on Tuesday.

Of the active cases, 13 are from Nipissing and 25 are from Parry Sound.

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. 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. Ninety-four infections were confirmed to be the B.1.1.7, which originated in the U.K. Fifteen 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 291 new cases and 269 cases have been resolved in this same period. This accounts for 72 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, 54,494 residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 404 cases have been confirmed in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts to date, of which 366 have been resolved, including four COVID-related deaths. Nipissing District has had 246 cases total, while 158 cases are from the Parry Sound District.  

Public Health Sudbury & Districts  

There are currently 60 active cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts after 7 new cases were confirmed on Sunday.

There were 3 new and 10 resolved cases recorded on Saturday.

On Friday, there were nine new infections confirmed, eight in Greater Sudbury and one in Sudbury District, and 11 previous cases resolved on Friday. This after two new infections were confirmed and 20 previous cases were resolved on Thursday, nine new infections were confirmed and four others resolved on Wednesday, and six new and seven resolved cases were recorded on Tuesday. The COVID-19 outbreak at Health Sciences North - 4th Floor of the South Tower has ended.

Last week, there were 54 new infections confirmed and 61 others resolved. Variants of concern were detected in 31 positive COVID-19 cases.  

Public health has started publishing all active outbreaks in the area, not just schools and congregate living settings. There are four active outbreaks in the Sudbury area:

  • Vale Totten Mine
  • Sudbury jail
  • Health Sciences North - 6th floor of the South Tower
  • Outland at IAMGOLD's Cote Mine Project - declared on May 14

At the beginning of April, 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.

Starting April 20, Sudbury and Manitoulin District residents ages 40 and older can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through select pharmacies, adults ages 55 and older in 2021 and adults 18 and older in Gogama, Sultan, Shining Tree and Westree 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, 86,245 people have receied at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 1,787 new cases of COVID-19 and 1,726 resolved, including 26 deaths. This accounts for 87 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 2,054 positive cases have been confirmed in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, 1,994 resolved with 28 COVID-related deaths. The majority of cases, 1,916 have been in Greater Sudbury, while 88 were in the Sudbury District and another 40 were in the Manitoulin District.

As of Friday at noon, there were seven COVID-related hospitalizations at Health Sciences North, two of those are in the intensive care unit (ICU), with one patient at the Sudbury hospital having been tested and awaiting results.

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)

The number of new COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the Cochrane District. There are currently 251 active cases of COVID-19 in the district after 23 new cases were recorded on Sunday.

There were 34 new cases recorded on Saturday.

This comes after 20 new infections confirmed on Friday while andseven previous cases resolved. There were 17 new infections confirmed and eight others resolved on Thursday, 29 new cases were confirmed and six others resolved on Wednesday, and six new cases were reported on Tuesday.

This comes as 88 new infections were confirmed over the last week.

An outbreak has also been declared at the Timmins YMCA Poplar child care centre where four individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.

Public health officials warned the public about a travel-related exposure to COVID-19 on Air Canada flight AC9289 on April 13. Those in rows 5 - 9 on the 6:55 p.m. departure from Toronto to Timmins must self-isolate immediately and seek COVID testing. All other travellers on that flight should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

The preivous week, there were 68 new infections confirmed.

Three weeks ago, there were 70 new cases confirmed and 71 resolved, including one COVID-related fatality.

Four weeks ago, there were 83 new infections confirmed and 31 resolved. Of those new cases, 42 were recorded in the last three days.

This is up from the previous week when the health unit recorded a total of 37 new COVID-19 cases and resolved 17.

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.

A deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Extendicate Kapuskasing began Jan.7 and ended Feb. 24. A total of 71 people were infected as a result of the outbreak and 16 died. The first death at the long-term care facility happened on Jan. 21 and was the Cochrane District's first COVID-related death since August.

Since Christmas Eve, there have been 686 new cases and 501 resolved, accounting for 84 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, 879 cases have been confirmed positive in the Cochrane District and the Town of Hornepayne. Of those, 619 cases have been resolved, including 26 deaths.

Timiskaming Health Unit 

The Timiskaming District has two active COVID-19 cases after another four previous cases were resolved Friday without adding any new ones. This after four cases were resolved on Wednesday. Over the weekend, two new and two resolved cases.

There have been a total of 74 cases involving a variant of concern in the Timiskaming District.

On March 23, the district recorded its second COVID fatality. The first 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.

There was a slight surge in new cases in March, but they were all resolved. Another surge happened in April and again the first week of May.

The first COVID-related death involving a resident of the Timiskaming District happened on Jan. 11. 

Since the beginning of December, the number of COVID-19 cases in the health unit's coverage area has more than ten-fold, rising from 19 to 197. There have been 166 new cases since Christmas Eve, accounting for 84 per cent of the total infections since the pandemic began, and 164 cases have been resolved, including two COVID-related deaths.

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 197 confirmed cases in the Timiskaming District, and 195 have been resolved including two COVID-related deaths, one on Jan. 11 and the other March 22.  

To date, 16,939 residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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