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UPDATED: 15 new COVID-19 cases in the District of Thunder Bay

Sixteen previous cases have been resolved.
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THUNDER BAY — The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 15 new COVID-19 cases in its catchment area on Wednesday, including six cases in the City of Thunder Bay or immediate surrounding area.

Most of the cases are in places more distant from Thunder Bay including five in First Nations and four in other communities.

The TBDHU said six of the 15 cases are due to household contact, three are the result of other close contact, five have no known exposure source and one is under investigation.

One case involves a COVID-19 variant of concern.

Sixteen previous cases have been resolved, so the total number of active cases across the district fell by one from Tuesday, reaching 148.

The health unit also reported that there are four fewer patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 in hospital, for a total of 10, including four in the ICU.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre said it has a total of 19 admitted patients with the virus, seven of whom are in the ICU. The hospital's statistics include patients from outside the District of Thunder Bay.

TBRHSC's current overall occupancy rate is 82 per cent.

Across Ontario, 3,215 new COVID cases were reported Wednesday.

The government is announcing additional province-wide lockdown measures. 

NOTE: This story has been updated to include new data provided by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre