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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 transitioned 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

Updated: 10:00 am November 30, 2022

Next update: 10:00 am December 7, 2022

Please note, Currently, WAHA receives updates from Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), local community leadership and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) on the number of new cases in the communities of the James and Hudson Bay region. However, the number of new 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 RegionNumber of
New COVID Cases
Fort Albany9
Moose Factory2

*WAHA has not received updates for communities marked with an asterisk (*).

COVID-19 Status for Public Health Units across Northeastern Ontario  

RegionOntarioKingstonThunder BayAlgomaNorth Bay Parry SoundSudbury & DistrictsTimiskamingPorcupine
New High-Risk* PositivesNA961374958392136
Active High-Risk* Cases8,290242NA768014721NA
Hospitalized due to COVID 4361731431128
Deceased due to COVID**15,17610012442701323285

*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.

Due to the changing reporting strategy of Ontario, the data available at the province level were numbers as of Nov 24, 2022. The provincial COVID information is updated once a week on the Public Health Ontario website.

**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. Number of new cases were not reported by Porcupine Health Unit and Timiskaming Health Unit.

North East LHIN203 New***, 324 Remain Active ***

For more information on case numbers and spread across the province, visit 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 as of November 12, 2022

COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities across Canada, as of November 17, 2022

COVID-19 cases in Indigenous Communities across Ontario, as of November 17, 2022

Epidemiological Summary Comparison for
Jun 23 – Jun 29, 2022

Note: The weekly update for incidence rates has been paused due to data unavailability.  

Weekly Incidence Rate per 100,000 population rolling 7-day periodOntarioKingstonThunder BayAlgomaNorth Bay and Parry SoundSudbury and DistrictsTimiskamingPorcupine
Jun 23 – Jun 29102.282.9106.078.465.578.822.489.9
Jun 23 – Jun 29102.282.9106.078.465.578.822.489.9

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.

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]