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Sudbury and districts’ medical officer of health says the area has been “suddenly thrust” into the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe spoke to Sudbury city council yesterday evening, and gave an update on the local situation, as well as the work being done by public health.

The health unit has reported 186 COVID-19 cases since March — noting that almost a third of those cases were reported in the last week. Sutcliffe says the health unit is seeing more younger people, those in their 20s, testing positive for COVID-19.

“This is not unexpected or unusual.This has been seen in other parts of the province. And it really speaks to, I think, the need for young people to be social, to have connections, but also to make sure that they are aware of how to do that in a way that is safe,” she said.

The health unit is working to develop additional education and messaging targeted and high school and post secondary students, she noted.

While the number of cases has spiked, Sutcliffe says the health unit is still very much in containment mode. Public health staff members are doing extensive contact tracing. 

“We really rely on people’s trust in us and their honesty and forthrightness and let us know what they’ve been doing,” Sutcliffe said.

“So [the health unit] keeps that as confidential as it possibly can because people need to trust us and know that what they share with public health will be kept with public health, unless it’s necessary to do otherwise to protect people.”

Sutcliffe says the health unit has “dedicated and redeployed all available and appropriate staff to work on all that”, putting other public health work aside.

“This is important so that we can prevent widespread community transmission.”

Moving out of the green zone?

She pointed out to council that, in the last week, the district is seeing a test positivity rate of 1.3 per cent, and a case rate of over 26 cases per 100,000 people.

According to the province’s COVID-19 response framework, in areas with case rates between 10 and 39.9 per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate between one and 2.5 per cent, the region should be moving into a “yellow zone” response mode. Several communities in the GTA currently fall in this zone, which stipulates enhanced targeted enforcement, fines and enhanced education to limit further transmission, along with public health measures for high-risk settings.

Public Health Sudbury and District is currently listed in the “green zone”

As health unit contact tracers investigate each case of COVID-19, they’re seeing roughly 12 other people affected,” Sutcliffe said.

“Some are more and some are less than an average of that … our public health staff, our nurses and inspectors professionals are very intensely following up on cases and contacts and on any inspections of any settings where there may be a risk so that we can understand what’s going on and stamp it out. If it gets wider spread in our community, then we’ll tend to see more outbreaks in our vulnerable populations and settings (long term care homes, retirement homes, schools).”

Sutcliffe pointed out two recent outbreaks — stemming from a Halloween party in New Sudbury, and another in a long term care home, Pioneer Manor, where a staff member tested positive.

“I can certainly reassure the council and mayor that this is well in hand and is being well managed, but it is an indicator of spread spilling over into our vulnerable populations,” she said, noting the incidents were arguably preventable.

“Preventable by very simple precautions that we’ve been talking about for the last eight months and that we’ve been practising,” Sutcliffe said, adding that a lockdown “could be necessary if we don’t get this better under control.”

“I just really want to emphasize that how this wave itself evolves, and the measures and the restrictions that will be necessary to control it, are really in our hands.”

Morning North5:43Greater Sudbury city council gets a COVID update from the local medical officer of health

COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high in Sudbury with more than 50 cases reported in the last week. Sudbury’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe gave an update on the situation to city council. This is some of what she had to say. 5:43

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Simcoe Manor outbreak declared over according to the health unit – 104.1 The Dock (iHeartRadio)



The outbreak at Simcoe Manor in Beeton has been declared over, according to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website.

The two-month-long outbreak at the long-term care home saw more than 70 people test positive for the coronavirus – 43 residents and 32 staff – while ten residents succumbed to the infection since September 29.

The outbreak at the Allandale Station Retirement Residence has also been declared over, however, outbreaks remain in place at both Sunset Manor in Collingwood and Holland Gardens Retirement Residence in Bradford.

Meanwhile, 14 more people tested positive in the city of Barrie as the SMDHU reported 30 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the region inching closer to 2,000 total cases.

Thursday’s numbers from the health unit show the region now stands at 1,983 cases – 153 since Monday – with new infections in New Tecumseth (6), Bradford (3), and Springwater (2).

Innisfil, Tiny, Collingwood, and Essa are all reporting one new case, while one case is still pending.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting an uptick in cases, confirming 1,478 more people have tested positive for the virus, up from 1,373 on Wednesday.

Ontario also processed more than 47,000 COVID-19 tests over the last day, with about 53,000 swabs still under investigation.

With files from CTV News Toronto.

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30 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka, local total reaches 1,983 – Global News



The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 30 new novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 1,983, including 52 deaths.

Fourteen of the new cases are in Barrie, while six are in New Tecumseth, three are in Bradford and two are in Springwater.

The rest are in Collingwood, Essa, Innisfil and Tiny Township.

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Twelve of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while seven are community-acquired. Two of the new cases are related to an educational setting outbreak, while on is travel-related.

The rest of the new cases are all under investigation.

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This week, the health unit has reported 149 new coronavirus cases.

Last week, there were 200 new COVID-19 cases in the region, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single week since the start of the pandemic.

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Of the region’s total 1,983 coronavirus cases, 87 per cent — or 1,717 — have recovered, while 13 people remain in hospital.

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There are 13 total COVID-19 outbreaks in the region — at four schools, two long-term care facilities, two congregate settings, two workplaces, one retirement home and two community settings.

The school outbreaks are at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, Willow Landing Elementary School and Warnica Public School, all of which are in Barrie, as well as Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Angus.

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There has been 61 outbreaks in Simcoe Muskoka since the start of the pandemic — at 20 long-term care facilities, 14 workplaces, 10 retirement homes, eight educational settings, six congregate settings and three community settings.

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According to the province of Ontario, 14 schools under the public Simcoe County school board and the Catholic Simcoe Muskoka school board are reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

The affected schools are:

  • Warnica Public School in Barrie
  • Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie
  • Monsignor Clair Catholic School in Barrie
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Barrie
  • Willow Landing Elementary School in Barrie
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Barrie
  • Bradford District High School
  • Fieldcrest Elementary School in Bradford
  • Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Essa
  • Our Lady of Grace School in Essa
  • Boyne River Public School in New Tecumseth
  • St. Paul’s Catholic School in New Tecumseth
  • Holy Family Catholic School in New Tecumseth
  • Nantyr Shores Secondary School in Innisfil

On Thursday, Ontario reported 1,373 new coronavirus cases, bringing the provincial total to 107,883, including 3,554 deaths.


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Health unit reports 29 new COVID cases in Simcoe County today – OrilliaMatters



The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases in the region today, at least 29 of which are Simcoe County residents. 

Almost half of the new cases reported today are Barrie residents with 14 new cases in the city. 

Of those 14 cases, nine are between the ages of 18 and 34 (one female and eight males). The transmission source is reported as close contact for five of those cases, one community-acquired, and one travel. The rest are still under investigation.

The remaining five Barrie cases include a woman between 35 and 44 years old, and two women and two men between 45 and 64 years old. The transmission sources for those cases include three community-acquired, one close contact, and one under investigation. 

The health unit is also tracking a community setting outbreak in Barrie involving a hockey team. There are at least eight positive cases linked to the outbreak. 

There are three new cases in Bradford West Gwillimbury, all linked to close contact. The cases include two men between 45 and 64 years old and a woman over the age of 80. 

Among the new cases is a Collingwood man aged 65 to 79 years old. His case transmission is still under investigation. This is the fifth local case since Nov. 20, and the other four cases have been linked to close contact or community transmission. 

There is also one new case in Innisfil today, a woman between 65 and 79 years old, and it remains under investigation. 

There are two new cases in Springwater, including a boy under 18 and a man between 35 and 44 years old. The boy’s case is linked to close contact and the man’s case is linked to an educational setting outbreak. 

There are six new cases in New Tecumseth, including one woman and two men between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44 years old, and a woman and a man between 45 and 64 years old. The case transmission sources include two close contact, one community-acquired, and one linked to an educational setting outbreak out of the region. The remaining cases are under investigation. 

The health unit has confirmed one new case in Tiny, a man between 18 and 34 years old, which is reported as community-acquired. 

There is one new case in Essa today, a man between 18 and 34 years old, which is reported as community-acquired. 

Lastly, the health unit has reported one case, a man between 35 and 44, whose transmission source and location information is still pending. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,983 cases of COVID-19, with 1,891 of those in Simcoe County. There are 1,717 cases listed as recovered in the region. Thirteen people are currently hospitalized, all are Simcoe County residents. The health unit has confirmed 52 deaths since March.

The incidence rate for Simcoe County is 358 cases per 100,000 people. With a seven-day average of 29.2 cases per 100,000 people in a week. The region’s reproductive rate shows every person who contracts COVID-19 transmits it to 1.1 other people, and testing data shows 2.1 per cent of people who are tested in the region test positive for COVID-19. 

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Nov. 26.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie  591 504 15 10 Nov. 26 396
Bradford W-G  347 300 12 1 Nov. 26 808
New Tecumseth  337 289 12 1 Nov. 26 813
Innisfil 179 162 1 1 Nov. 26 439
Orillia 34 27 3   Nov. 23 102
Collingwood 26 21     Nov. 26 104
Wasaga Beach 35 31 1   Nov. 23 152
Clearview 34 32 1   Nov. 23 230
Springwater 40 23 1   Nov. 26 190
Midland 16 16     Nov. 19 89
Oro-Medonte 23 20 2   Nov. 12 99
Adjala-Tosorontio 37 34     Nov. 25 318
Essa 96 88 1 1 Nov. 26 401
Ramara 18 16     Nov. 18 173
Tiny 19 16     Nov. 23 137
Tay 27 23 1   Nov. 23 235
Penetanguishene 19 17 1   Nov. 19 196
Severn 13 12     Nov. 20 87
Georgian Bay 9 8     Nov. 24 319

 *Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital

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