Public Health Sudbury raises COVID-19 risk index to HIGH

The health unit recommends that people take personal protective measures, wear a mask and practice physical distancing

Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD) has changed the COVID-19 Risk Index local jurisdiction rating to high.

For the past few weeks, the rating has been listed as moderate. With the move to “high,” PHSD is advising the public to take extra precautions.

The notice of change was on the PHSD social media page on Facebook and also on the PHSD webpage describing the details of the risk index.

“Public Health recommends taking additional precautions related to limiting social gatherings, indoor masking and physical distancing, monitoring for symptoms, and avoiding high-risk environments. See our Index of risk for more details. These precautions are in addition to staying up to date with vaccinations and practicing personal protective measures,” said a statement attached to the social media notice.

“The COVID-19 Risk Index helps residents assess the real-time risk of COVID-19 transmission locally and make informed decisions about how to protect themselves,” the advisory continues.

The local risk index has four parameters: low, moderate, high and very high.

The health unit’s webpage indicates that several factors are used to assess risk.

“Community transmission of COVID-19 is at or above 50% of the peak level of the winter 2021 to 2022 wave. Hospital utilization due to COVID-19 is at or above 50% of the level winter 2021 to 2022 peak wave,” the health unit said.

– Sudbury.com

Martin E. Berry