May 17, 2022

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts on Monday reported 121 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

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The health unit also reported 398 active cases in the region, a decrease of 70 since Friday, when it last updated COVID numbers for Sudbury-Manitoulin.

Both deaths occurred in Greater Sudbury and in both cases, COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the health unit said 139 people have died directly or indirectly because of the virus. It also said 15,035 people have contracted the virus across the region.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the region dropped  by five cases, from 52 patients on Friday to 47 on Monday. All these cases were identified in patients admitted for reasons other than COVID-19.

Two patients remain in intensive care, compared to four on Friday.

Two new outbreaks were reported on Monday, at L’Arche Sudbury and Meadowbrook Retirement Community in Lively, bringing to total number of active outbreaks to seven. Four previously reported outbreaks have been declared over since Friday.

So far, 81.7 per cent of those who live in Sudbury-Manitoulin have received at least two shots and are fully vaccinated. Those vaccination efforts continue this week. The schedule includes:

Tuesday, May 3

Appointment and walk-in clinics: Southridge Mall, Greater Sudbury; Freshwater Community Church (old Mindemoya Missionary Church); Mindemoya.

Walk-in clinics: Berean Baptist Church, Greater Sudbury (mobile bus clinic).

Wednesday, May 4

Appointment and walk-in clinics: Southridge Mall; Raymond Plourde Arena, Val Caron (mobile bus clinic); Espanola Regional Recreation Complex, Espanola.

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Thursday, May 5

Appointment and walk-in clinics: Azilda Gilles Pelland Public Library; 168 Regional Road 8 Plaza, Onaping (mobile bus clinic); New Sudbury Centre.

Friday, May 6

Appointment and walk-in clinics: Walden Kinsmen Hall, Lively; Southridge Mall; Foodland, Noelville (mobile bus clinic).

Saturday, May 7

Appointment and walk-in clinics: Centennial Community Centre and Arena, Hanmer; NEMI Recreation Centre, Little Current.

Walk-in clinic: Diggs & Dwellings Plaza, Greater Sudbury (mobile bus clinic).

The Ontario government has expanded eligibility for fourth doses to provide an extra layer of protection against both the Omicron BA.1 and BA. 2 variants. Fourth-dose eligible populations include those 60 years and older at the time of vaccination, and those who identify as First Nation, Inuit, or Métis and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 years and older at the time of vaccination.

Anyone eligible for a dose can book an appointment as soon as they are eligible. To book online, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine or call 705-522-9200 (toll-free: 1-8866-522-9200), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For a list of scheduled clinics, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19/vaccine-clinics.

For more information or if you have questions, the health unit advises people to talk to trusted sources such as Public Health immunizers at COVID-19 vaccine clinics, health care providers, and pharmacists, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).

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