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Second confirmed COVID-19 case in Sudbury

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Edited to reflect an update from Public Health Sudbury & Districts regarding positive patient’s age (from “50s” to “60s”).

There are no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit catchment area.

However, in Sudbury, that district’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, is reporting a woman in her 60s is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.

“While this is unfortunate, it is not unexpected. This person was a close contact of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in our area,” said Dr. Sutcliffe. “The individual has followed the directions of Public Health and remains in self-isolation at home where she has been isolated since being tested at the Health Sciences North emergency department on Wednesday, March 11.”

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Health Sciences North reports taking all necessary precautions for infection control, testing, and assessment. Following testing, the individual was discharged home to begin self-isolation.

PHSD says, “At this time, there is no evidence that the virus is circulating locally. However, this is a rapidly changing situation requiring that our agency, community, and individuals be prepared to prevent spread.”

Public Health Sudbury & Districts assures it is closely monitoring the situation as it evolves at the local, provincial, and federal levels, and will routinely communicate information and what it means for our community.

Strict visitor restrictions are in place for long-term care homes and many health facilities, like hospitals, are also introducing restrictions. Visit their websites or call ahead for information.

See NBRHC: Screening of patients and visitors ‘necessary’ before entry

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath). Complications from the COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

If a community member suspects they may have been exposed to COVID-19, they are asked to phone the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext 5229 to speak to public health nurse or call their health care provider to await instruction. If you have COVID-19 suspicions and require emergency services (911), please inform them during the call so the proper precautions can be taken before their arrival. Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.

If you are ill and must visit a health care professional, call ahead and tell them you have a respiratory illness. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

For more information from the North Bay District Health Unit on COVID-19, click here.

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