Changes to COVID-19 case reporting and new weekly update for Public Health Sudbury & DistrictsIssued: Monday, November 16, 2020
Beginning Monday, November 16, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will change how COVID-19 cases are reported for our service area. The changes are being made to streamline our processes while at the same time ensure the public has timely access to important public health information.
Public Health will post updated data regarding new positive cases as well as any other COVID-19 related data on our website twice daily by 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, and once daily at 4 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays. For the most current local data, please visit phsd.ca/covid-19/data. Individual public service announcements for positive cases will no longer be issued or posted on social media.
Public Health will also post a new weekly summary of any key developments, timely public health guidance, and relevant announcements. The weekly summary will be available online and shared proactively on social media and with local media every Thursday.
Further COVID-19 data and analyses continue to be available on Public Health’s website within the detailed epidemiology summary, which will now be published twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. These reports include information about cases over time, case characteristics (for example, age, sex), probable exposures, case outcomes, testing, and outbreaks in facilities.
Please note that in addition to the twice daily data updates, weekly summaries, and twice weekly detailed epidemiology summaries, we will immediately issue public notices if there are any urgent developments for public awareness or action.
Public Health will continue to report outbreaks in schools and long-term care homes. We also report community outbreaks or possible exposures for which Public Health is unable to contact everyone directly to advise them of their potential exposure to COVID-19.
Our commitment is to protect the health of our communities, keep our communities informed, and ensure individuals’ rights to privacy are protected.
For more information or if you have questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).