COVID-19 in Sudbury & districts: Your weekly update December 24, 2020Issued: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Reporting period: Thursday, December 17, to Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
December 24, 2020 — The following is a summary of how the status of COVID-19 has changed in Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area over the last seven days up to end of day December 23, 2020: 11 new cases, 13 cases were resolved, 0 deaths occurred. At end of day December 23, 2020, there were 9 active cases in our service area, all of whom are self-isolating.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a total of 261 local cases of which 252 are resolved, and two people have died in our service area.
Trends in the past seven days
- Of the 11 new cases in our service area, 6 were travel-related while 4 were close contacts of confirmed cases. This means that Public Health identified how these people were exposed to COVID-19 and was able to take quick action to prevent further spread. The source of exposure remains unknown for 1 case.
- None of the new cases were associated with outbreaks in the past 7 days.
- Nine (9) of the cases were from Greater Sudbury, while 2 reside in the Sudbury District.
- By end of day on December 23, contact tracing information was available for all 11 of the new cases. Through our investigation, we identified 35 people who had high-risk close contacts with these cases. That is an average of 3.1 high-risk close contacts per case, compared to 3.0 contacts per case on average last week. Public Health follows up directly and regularly with every high-risk close contact to monitor them for symptoms, ensure they are self-isolating, and make recommendations for testing according to provincial guidance.
- The 7-day incidence rate was 5.5 new cases per 100 000 population (compared to 4.0 for the previous 7 days).
- The percent positivity was 0.3% for the period of December 7 to December 13 (compared to 0.33% for the previous 7 days).
- For the period of December 9 to December 15, the effective reproductive number (Rt) was 0.92 for Northern Ontario, compared to 1.02 for Ontario overall.
- As of Monday, December 21, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Public Health Sudbury & Districts was in the “Green-Prevent” category of the provincial COVID-19 response framework (Government of Ontario). As announced by the Province of Ontario, Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area will join the entire province in a temporary shutdown, effective Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., for 14 days. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will review trends in key public health indicators in the final week of the shutdown period in addition to indicators from each public health unit region to determine the appropriate zone for Public Health Sudbury & Districts area
- Not feeling well? Stay home and get tested, even if your symptoms are mild.
- Consider alternative celebrations this Christmas. Take a drive with your household members to look at the lights, reminisce on years past by watching old home videos, or incorporate a game into your video chat.
- Many traditional celebrations increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Stick to spending time with the people you live with.
- This year, we have faced many new challenges which can lead to feeling stress and anxiety. You are not alone. This is normal. Reach out and connect to others—it will help you and it will help them. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to loved ones for support and know that there are several resources that can help.
- In case you missed it, watch Dr. Penny Sutcliffe provide an update about the recently announced provincewide shutdown and send a holiday message to all: https://youtu.be/I-X5_LhgX_8
- Local efforts continue to be underway to plan for an effective rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, under the leadership of Public Health and in collaboration with key partners. Public Health is committed to providing the community with practical, timely information about the vaccines.
Message from Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health
Happy holidays to everyone celebrating! While we enjoy the best of the season, it’s safe to say that this year will be remembered like no other. The global pandemic has brought change, but the reasons for our celebrations remain the same. Despite the changes, I am pleased to share that Santa Claus has been deemed an essential worker and his service will continue as planned! May this good news help bring holiday cheer and the feeling of normalcy as we continue to keep our guard up against the virus. This week, we learned about the provincewide shutdown that will come into effect on Boxing Day. This temporary, but necessary measure is needed across-the-board because we know that COVID-19 does not take a break over the holiday season. My sincerest thank you to everyone for the efforts they continue to make to stop the virus, knowing the choices we make today and over the holidays, make a difference. Please continue to be kind and patient to one another and think about the actions you can take to protect your family, your neighbours, and your community. I wish you a safe holiday season and best wishes as we look forward to a very healthy 2021!
Visit phsd.ca/COVID-19/data for regular updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, as well as outbreaks and potential exposures in Greater Sudbury, the District of Sudbury, and the District of Manitoulin. In addition, a detailed epidemiology summary is posted Mondays and Thursdays that includes information about cases over time, case characteristics, probable exposures, case outcomes, testing, and outbreaks in facilities.
Note: Due to the holiday season, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will not post daily 4 p.m. case updates on the following dates: December 25, December 26, and January 1. We maintain our commitment to communicating any urgent information in a timely manner. As well, the detailed epidemiological summary scheduled for Monday, December 28, will be published on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
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).