July 25, 2020, 9 p.m.– Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an employee of Extendicare Falconbridge, prompting an outbreak declaration. The individual was tested as part of routine surveillance testing of long-term care home staff across the province.
As per the most recent provincial directives, outbreaks of COVID-19 are not automatically declared in long-term care homes and other congregate settings with the confirmation of one case. Public Health assesses each unique situation in determining if an outbreak should be declared, including, for example, occupation, exposures in the home, symptoms of the case, specific risk factors, and local epidemiology. In these circumstances, the assessment of case #71 led to an outbreak declaration. Case #69, which was previously reported, was also an employee at this long-term care home.
Details of confirmed case(s)
|Case number||Age||Gender||Exposure category||Status||Tested (dd/mm/yy)||Area|
|Case #71||50s||Female||Contact of a case with unknown exposure||Self-isolating||22/07/2020||Greater Sudbury|
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Status of COVID-19 outbreaks in facilities
|Outbreak status||Facility type||Number of facilities affected||Cases among residents or patients|
|Deaths among residents or patients||Cases among staff||Total cases|
|Active||Long-term care home||1||0||0||2||2|
|Resolved||Long-term care home||8||6||1||10||16|
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Gatherings, physical distancing, and social circles
Although permissible for up to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors, non-essential in-person gatherings of any size should be limited. Community spread remains possible and is likely in Sudbury and districts. Limiting our contacts and in-person interactions as much as possible is critical in reducing transmission of COVID-19. With few exceptions, gatherings are currently maxed at 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. Unless people are from the same household or social circle, they should keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart and wear a face covering if distancing is not possible. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, and they must also be worn in other indoor spaces where distancing is not possible.
Close contact is permitted within “social circles” and among members from the same household. A social circle can only include up to 10 people and must always be with the same people. You can only belong to one social circle.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Continue to practise physical distancing, because any close contact could be a possible exposure to COVID-19.
- Masks or face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places in Sudbury and districts, and they should also be worn in other settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are unwell and get tested.
If you have a COVID-19 symptom, get tested. People who are asymptomatic, who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19, or those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment are also encouraged to contact an assessment centre and get tested.
All residents who are planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province. The safest options are to stay in the area of your home community or to stay in the region.
- For anyone who has recently travelled, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for updates on COVID-19 exposures.
- If you think you have travelled somewhere (within or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call us at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
- Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada is directed to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Canada.
Updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, and outbreaks in Greater Sudbury, the District of Sudbury, and the District of Manitoulin are posted online.
For more information or if you have questions or concerns, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about the province’s response to COVID-19.