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Sudbury’s health unit reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

Also Thursday, new COVID cases were reported at a nursing home, schools and a First Nation’s powwow grounds.

Public Health said nine of the new cases are located in Greater Sudbury and two are in the Sudbury district.

The health unit is now monitoring 62 active cases of COVID-19 in its service area, including 51 in Greater Sudbury, seven in the Sudbury district and four in the Manitoulin district.

There have been 1,119 cases confirmed or presumed to be variants of concern reported in the health unit’s service area.

There is one active COVID-19 outbreak at R.L. Beattie Public School in Greater Sudbury on Thursday, where a second case has been reported. The school remains open.

COVID-19 cases have also been reported at Lasalle Secondary School and St. Charles Colleges, as well as at Laurentian University and Finlandia Village in Sudbury.

There is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in admitted patients at Health Sciences North, in addition to nine cases under investigation.

The health unit has performed 286,713 COVID-19 tests as of Sept. 16.

In partnership with First Nations and primary care providers, Public Health has administered 251,959 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In all, 136,150 people in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 115,809 are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in an employee of Finlandia Village in Greater Sudbury.

The employee works in the Lepokoti apartment building (Block F), according to a release issued by Finlandia Village CEO David Munch.

“Rest assured that we have taken swift action to halt the spread of the virus through rigorous infection management practices and procedures,” Munch said.

“We are working in close partnership with (Public Health Sudbury and Districts) to ensure every possible step is taken to protect our residents. The health and safety of our residents, and the team members that serve them, is our highest priority.”

The release said that Finlandia is experienced at managing respiratory illnesses. “We have also isolated the residents who were in close contact with the team members and have assigned dedicated team members who are only working in that area,” said Munch.

“We know isolation can be very hard on our residents and we are focused on providing them with the best possible care during this difficult time.”

Also Thursday, Public Health notified the Rainbow District School Board that a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported at Lasalle Secondary School in Sudbury.

The individual is self-isolating and being monitored by the health unit.

Staff and students in the Grade 8 class in room 217 have been asked to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.

“There is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 at the school at this time. Lasalle Secondary School remains open for in-person learning,” a release said.

“The school will follow up with affected students to ensure continuity of learning. As a precaution, Lasalle Secondary School is being cleaned and disinfected overnight.”

Students and staff not asked to self-isolate as part of this confirmed case are reminded that simply passing by an infected person in the hallways is not considered close contact.

The risk of spreading the virus this way is extremely low.

Families are also advised to continue using the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care at www.covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening.

And Public Health Sudbury advised people of a potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who attended a social gathering at the powwow grounds at M’Chigeeng last week.

Those who were at 352B Hwy 551, Manitoulin Island, on Sept. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. needs to take care, the health unit said in a release.

Regardless of vaccination status, those who attended this gathering and is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to immediately self-isolate and seek testing.

Public Health is reminding everyone to follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the more transmissible variants of concern.

The safest options are to limit close contact to your household members, stay home and do not attend work or school when ill, work from home if possible, avoid non-essential travel, and remember to practise physical distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands.

For all outings, continue to screen yourself for symptoms and practise COVID-safe behaviours.

For more information or if you have questions, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).
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