COVID-19 community phone survey: Knowledge, behaviors and impacts

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Between May 15 and June 11, 2020, Public Health Sudbury & Districts conducted a bilingual telephone survey of persons aged 16 years and older to better understand knowledge, behaviours and impacts of COVID-19 in Sudbury & Districts. The survey was completed by CCI Research on behalf of Public Health. The results from this survey are used by Public Health to inform planning and service coordination.


*Greater Sudbury includes: Capreol, Coniston, Falconbridge, Garson, Skead, Wahnapitae, Walden, Lively, Azilda, Chelmsford, Valley East, Onaping Falls and Copper Cliff

Perceived seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic

Key findings:

This bar graph depicts perceived seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data for this graph can be found in the table below.

Seriousness Sudbury
% (n)
% (n)
Extremely serious76 (304)73 (84)
Somewhat serious22 (55)25E (24)

Impact of COVID-19

Key findings:

This bar graph depicts impact of COVID-19. Data for this graph can be found in the table below.

Impacts% (n)
The safety of friends/family whose health is frail72 (346)
Impact on personal or household member's social life66 (292)
Impact on personal or household members' mental health48 (204)
Loss of in-person health-related services38 (182)
Impact on personal or household members' physical health35 (167)
Loss of in-person community-based programs33 (156)
Burning out31 (113)
Impact on child/children's education28 (97)
Loss of personal or household income27 (91)
Finding someone to cover caregiving responsibilities for others24 (100)
Potential loss of support from other people22 (104)
Impact of having limited or no access to technology or internet18 (86)
Loss of food programs or services17 (83)
Impact on personal education16 (38)

Precautions taken to reduce risk

Key findings:

This bar graph depicts precautions taken to reduce risk. Data for this graph can be found in the table below.

% (n)
% (n)
Washed my hands more regularly97 (359)100 (109)
Stayed at least two (2) meters away from other people94 (352)88 (101)
Tried to reduce touching your face92 (337)85 (93)
Eliminated in-person visits with friends and non-immediate family89 (322)84 (89)
Avoided leaving the house for non-essential reasons86 (316)85 (86)
Shopped alone rather than with family or friends84 (305)87 (88)
Stocked up on essential supplies, excluding prescriptions 68 (246)61 (75)
Wore a mask when outside of the home64 (245)50 (63)
Stayed home when ill57 (219)54 (69)
Eliminated in-person interactions of children with others outside of household57 (188)56 (58)

Personal situational assessment

Key findings:

This bar graph depicts personal situational assessment. Data for this graph can be found in the table below.
I have a supportive family and/or friend around me94 (345)94 (104)
I have made it a point to eat nutritionally balanced and wholesome meals86 (324)75 (93)
I have participated in some form of physical activity for 30 minutes or longer79 (266)88 (89)
I have actively participated in an enjoyable hobby or activity75 (276)82 (91)
I have spent facetime with a social or activity group32 (98)28E (31)
I have practiced some form of deep relaxation exercises (e.g., meditation, yoga)28 (105)14E (21)
I have used free programs and services online27 (78)15E (19)
I have applied for subsidies for economic relief19 (49)F
I have attended spiritual services online14E (60)9E (18)

E: Interpret with caution: high sampling variability
F: Estimates has been suppressed due to high sampling variability

Note: Percentages are weighted, counts are unweighted.

This item was last modified on October 19, 2020