Sudbury’s health unit reports eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

Public Health now monitoring 44 active cases in its service area

FILE: A nurse wearing protective gear conducts a COVID test. BRENDON THORNE / AFP via Getty Images

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury on Wednesday.

According to the health unit’s website, two of the new cases were travel-related, one was a close contact of a confirmed case, and five have no known epidemiological link.

Public Health is now monitoring 44 active cases, including 41 in Greater Sudbury, one in the Sudbury district, and two in the Manitoulin district.

A total of 2,265 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts since the beginning of the pandemic in addition to 31 COVID-related deaths.

The health unit identified three new local cases with a mutation profile consistent with a COVID-19 variant of concern.

A total of 1,053 cases confirmed or presumed to be variants of concern have been recorded in the region.

Public Health has performed 278,953 COVID-19 tests as of Aug. 25.

In partnership with First Nations and primary care partners, the health unit has administered 244,188 first and second doses of the vaccine.

A total of 132,652 people have received their first dose, and 111,536 are fully vaccinated.

Public Health has received 267,430 doses of the vaccine and 293 – or 0.12 per cent of those doses – have been wasted.

No new COVID-19 outbreaks or potential exposure risks were reported on Wednesday.

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 660 new cases of COVID-19, as well as one more death from the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 525 of the new cases involve people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

The remaining 135 are among people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The minister said 283 people are in hospital due to COVID-19, 253 of whom are not fully inoculated or with an unknown vaccination status.

She said another 161 people are in intensive care because of the virus, seven of them fully vaccinated.

The province says slightly more than 82 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received one dose of a vaccine, and just over 75 per cent have had two shots.

But Ontario’s hospital association said Wednesday broader vaccination is needed to minimize the impact of the pandemic’s fourth wave as hospitalizations and intensive care admissions due to the virus rise.

On Tuesday, Ontario’s top doctor, Dr. Kieran Moore, said the province can care for those in intensive care, but will closely monitor what he considers a “key marker” of the pandemic situation.

In a statement, the head of the Ontario Hospital Association says increasing the vaccination rate will help reduce the burden on hospitals and minimize any further disruption to non-COVID services.

Anthony Dale noted more than 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and more than 80 per cent of those hospitalized but not in an ICU are not fully vaccinated with two doses.

He said uptake of vaccinations has also “slowed significantly” recently even as case counts increase.

– with files from Canadian Press


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