Weekly COVID-19 Report

In response to evolving public health protocols and changes to COVID-19 reporting procedures across Northeastern Ontario, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) will be modifying our COVID-19 reporting protocols.

Effective Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, WAHA will transition to weekly COVID-19 reporting. The COVID-19 report will be posted once a week, on Wednesdays at approximately 10 a.m. (except statutory holidays) and by the Minomathasowin – Healthy Living Public Health Department at WAHA.

James and Hudson Bay Local Community Update

Last updated: 10:00 am May 25, 2022 Next update: 10:00 am Jun 1, 2022

Note: Currently, WAHA receives updates from Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), local community leadership and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) on the number of active cases in the communities of the James and Hudson Bay region. However, the number of active cases reported by WAHA may differ from other public sources due to community-level testing that does not meet the reporting criteria for PHU and ISC (such as the use of Rapid Antigen Tests). We expect this to continue as each organization has their own process for reporting information.

Further, communities within the PHU jurisdiction may not reflect a true representation of positive COVID-19 cases due to PHU case criteria, which follows provincial guidelines (such as omitting the number of positive Rapid Antigen Tests).

Local regionActive Cases
Fort Albany0
Moose Factory9

*WAHA has not received updates on active cases from communities marked with an asterisk (*)- case counts from the most recently available updates have been included for reference.

COVID-19 Status for Public Health Units across Northeastern Ontario  

RegionOntarioKingstonThunder BayAlgomaNorth Bay Parry SoundSudbury & DistrictsTimiskamingPorcupine
New High-Risk* Positives619839520NA5711NA
Active High-Risk* Cases14,347337208807615223NA

*High Risk Cases are identified based on the new eligible groups for PCR testing from the Ontario government set out effective December 31, 2021. Further definition found below.

**On Mondays, more than 10% of hospitals do not submit data to the Ontario government.

***As of March 11, 2022, the methodology used to count COVID-19 deaths has changed to exclude deaths not related to COVID. As a result, the number of deaths that are based on CCM data have decreased or adjusted according to the new case definition.

****Sudbury & Districts PHU, North Bay Parry Sound PHU and Porcupine Health Unit updates COVID testing and hospitalization data on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.

Ontario619 New, 14,347 Remain Active
North East LHIN88 New****, 331 Remain Active ****

For more information on case numbers and spread across the province, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data. This website includes 7 day, 30 day, annual trends by public health unit.

North East LHIN Sources

Kingston Updates  

Thunder Bay Updates  

COVID-19 cases across Canada
(click on the numbers for more information)

COVID-19 cases in Canada

COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities across Canada

COVID-19 cases in Indigenous Communities across Ontario

Epidemiological Summary Comparison for
May 3 – May 16, 2022

The Epidemiological summary includes weekly incidence rates as they are made available by Public Health Ontario. The Epidemiological summary by the province is available here. Comparing the incidence rate each period aids in monitoring immediate changes in cases for each public health unit.

As of November 12, 2021, routine Variants of Concern (VOC) PCR testing of positive COVID-19 samples is no longer being conducted. All eligible positive COVID-19 samples will now be forwarded for whole genome sequencing. Starting on November 15, 2021, VOC and mutation data will be removed from the daily epidemiological summary.     

Weekly Incidence Rate per 100,000 population rolling 7-day periodOntarioKingstonThunder BayAlgomaNorth Bay and Parry SoundSudbury and DistrictsTimiskamingPorcupine
May 10 – May 1673.8146.3186.4106.968.8106.7109.2109.4
May 3 – May 990.8193.6273.9151.1109.8143.2171.2104.7

Data Source: Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Epidemiologic summary: COVID-19 in Ontario. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2020. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-epidemiologic-summaries-public-health-ontario

Helpful information to read and understand the tables:

Resolved Cases:
are those deemed “recovered” and completed 14 days of isolation from when symptoms were first reported.  The cases reported do not included fatal cases (deaths) and are not currently in hospital.

High-Risk CasesEligible Groups that have been tested positive by PCR testing effective December 31, 2021. This includes symptomatic people who fall into defined categories, people who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities and peoples travelling into these communities for work, hospital, long-term care, retirement homes, and congregate settings. See here for the full list

Cumulative Rate per 100,000 population:Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the report for the region reported per 100,000 population [(total cases/region population)*100 000]

Weekly Incidence Rate per 100,000 population:Number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported per 100,000 population in a certain period (past 7 days) [(cases in the period / total population of the period)*100 000]