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Three-quarters of people in Sudbury area 18 or older have received at least one COVID shot

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Looking for a unique way to mark Father’s Day? You could go with him and both of you could get your COVID-19 vaccine shot.

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At least that’s the advice of Dr. Sutcliffe, the medical officer of health for Public Health Sudbury and Districts, contained in her weekly COVID update.

“With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I hope you can safely connect with loved ones and spend quality time together,” Sutcliffe said in a release. “Consider getting your COVID-19 vaccine with your Dad (or a loved one) and help protect your community at the same time.

“I am very pleased (with) the success of our walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week. Being able to respond to the needs of our communities is very important to us and it is encouraging to see people lining up for the vaccine. With new clinics being added regularly and the addition of walk-in clinics, it has never been easier to get the vaccine.

“Please help spread the word to your friends and family who are eligible to receive the vaccine. With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get your first or second dose, so we can have a safer summer and enjoy all the amenities our communities have to offer.”

Public Health’s numbers show that for the past week ending June 16, the Sudbury area recorded 16 new COVID cases and 19 cases were resolved.

There were no COVID-related deaths. Six new cases screened positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern, which is 37.5 per cent of the cases reported in this period.

One outbreak was active in the past week in a workplace. At end of day June 16, there were 20 active cases in the Sudbury area, and one active outbreak. One case was hospitalized, while the rest were self-isolating.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have 2,126 cases in the Sudbury area; 2,106 are resolved, and 30 people have died. Nine-hundred and forty-six (946) have screened positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern.

Of the 16 new cases in the Sudbury area, 13 were close contacts of confirmed cases, while one was linked to an outbreak.

Seven cases reside in Greater Sudbury and nine in the District of Sudbury.

As of June 16, date, the COVID-19 Vaccination Program has administered 159,696 doses to Sudbury-and-area residents. Thus far, 122,235 people have received their first dose of vaccine, and 37,461 have been fully vaccinated.

Overall, 74.6 per cent of Sudbury and district residents aged 18 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine, compared to 79.2 per cent for all Ontario residents aged 18 and older.

Second doses have been received by 22.9 per cent of those aged 18 and older in Sudbury and districts compared to 19.6 per cent of Ontarians of same age.

COVID-safety tips

– As you prepare to celebrate the fathers in our lives, plan an outdoor gathering like a barbecue and remember not to have more than 10 people. The safest option is to only celebrate with members of your household and connect remotely with others.

– Looking forward to outdoor dining? Step 1 of the Re-opening plan includes outdoor dining with up to four people per table. Remember to be COVID-safe and dine with members of your household to reduce risk and wear a mask when you are not eating.

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– Going shopping? As you wait to enter the store, remember to be COVID-safe and maintain physical distancing while wearing a mask. When shopping inside, continue to respect others and maintain physical distancing.

– Preparing on receiving your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to complete your vaccine series? For increased protection against COVID-19 including the delta variant, a second dose is needed.

What’s new

The Ontario government accelerated second doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine. Individuals who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose, have two options to discuss with their health care provider when considering their second dose. They can opt for a second dose of AstraZeneca or choose to receive an mRNA vaccine at an eight- to 12-week interval. For more information, visit ca/covid-19-vaccine-faq.

Regular updates

Visit phsd.ca/COVID-19/data for regular updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, as well as outbreaks and potential exposures in Greater Sudbury, the Sudbury District, and the Manitoulin District.

For more information or if you have questions, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).

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