Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has now surpassed 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area, after reporting five new cases of COVID-19 for today, Saturday May 8. 

There have been 2,003 confirmed cases as of today’s update. PHSD also said there are now 83 active cases being monitored by public health officials, down from 88 the day before.

PHSD also said 1,920 of those cases have now been resolved.  

With respect to where the newest COVID-19 cases might have occurred, the PHSD daily update page reported that four cases were found in the Greater Sudbury area, and one case was linked to the wider Sudbury district.  

In terms of possible causes of the new and recent cases, PHSD reported that two cases were outbreak associated, four cases linked to close contact of a confirmed case, one case was travel related, three had unknown exposure, and five cases are under investigation.

PHSD also reports general demographics each day about the people who are becoming infected.

Epidemiological data showed that the majority of local cases are persons in the 20 to 39 age category with 652 total cases (an increase of two).

The next highest group number was 508 cases for the 40 to 59 age group (an increase of two).

The next highest number was 466 cases for the 19 and under age group (an increase of one).

Seniors in the 60 to 79 age group amounted to 286 cases total (no change), and people aged 80 and over are currently the lowest category with 91 cases (no increase). 

There were also zero cases reported in the “unspecified category”.

The numbers above may not completely correspond with the daily case count because PHSD does not always report changes on the day they occur.

With respect to COVID-19 testing, 241,087 tests have been performed in the PHSD region as of May 7. The number was not updated today. 

As for local vaccinations, PHSD reported a total of 86,737 vaccines given in the entire PHSD area as of May 7 at 4 p.m. The number was not updated today.

PHSD is also reporting there are now six cases of “confirmed” variants of the COVID-19 virus. No change after several days.

There are 843 cases that are “screened positive” for variants of concern; an increase of two in 24 hours. 

PHSD said additional time is required to genetically-sequence the virus in a positive sample and confirm it as a COVID-19 variant of concern. 

OUTBREAKS

PHSD has also reported one new outbreak in the area, at Vale Limited Totten Mine, meaning there are four active COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. 

This includes two outbreaks at Health Sciences North and one outbreak at the Sudbury Jail. 

Also, at Sudbury’s Health Sciences North, as of May 7 there are 12 patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital. As reported on the HSN website, this included six COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).