Risk of COVID-19 transmission in Sudbury ‘high’, health unit says – CBC

Two-week surge of positive cases, hospitalizations pushing Sudbury area into high risk category

Jul 27, 2022

A rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Sudbury area has pushed the district from moderate into a high risk category on the COVID-19 Risk Index.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health for Public Health Sudbury and Districts said a “rising trend” of cases, outbreaks in the per cent positive for those testing positive, as well as the number of people hospitalized with the virus triggered the step.

“What it means is that it’s a signal to us of the increased risk of being infected by COVID-19 in our catchment area, and also increased risk to our capacity to respond,” Sutcliffe said. “The more infections we have, the higher the risk of there being severe diseases.”

According to Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s chief medical officer, the BA.5 subvariant has been rising slowly since early June, but really started to “take off” mid-month, becoming a dominant strain and now making up about 60 per cent of confirmed cases.

On Tuesday, Algoma Public Health reported that the weekly incident of new high-risk cases has increased by 70 per cent in the district.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/covid-19-high-risk-1.6532900

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