Sudbury & Districts Medical Officer of Health says the area’s fifth positive COVID-19 case is a male in his 20s while the sixth is a male in his 30s.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe says both are close contacts of confirmed cases elsewhere in Ontario.

Sutcliffe says the two were assessed and tested at Health Sciences North’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre on March 21. Both recent positive cases are currently in self-isolation at their respective homes.

“Everyone must practise physical distancing to reduce the chances of the virus spreading from person to person, and to protect our health care system and vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health. “We have to assume that this virus is circulating locally and everyone is asked to stay home unless essential to do otherwise and to keep two metres apart when you must go out,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.

Returning travellers are also reminded that they must self-isolate for 14 days from their return to Canada. These individuals must go home and stay home and ensure essential errands or shopping is done by others.