The Algoma Public Health just reported the eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the Algoma District. The woman, who is in her 20s, is reported to have contracted the virus from close contact.
She was tested on April 2nd and is currently in self-isolation.
Timeline on Cases in the Algoma District to date:
March 17th – Case #1 (Returning from Travel / United States)
A woman in her 50s returned to Algoma on March 15, 2020 from the United States. She developed respiratory symptoms and notified Algoma Public Health (APH) on March 16, 2020. APH facilitated EMS transportation to Sault Area Hospital for testing the same day. EMS and hospital staff took all necessary infection prevention and control precautions. Following testing, the patient was discharged home where she remains in self-isolation, following public health guidance and monitoring.
Any Algoma resident who flew on Delta 4212 into Chippewa County International Airport on March 15, 2020 at approximately 10:45 p.m. are asked to contact Algoma Public Health or their local public health authority.
March 27th – Case #2 (Returning from Travel / Michigan)
Late in the evening of Friday March 27th, Algoma Public Health (APH) confirmed the second Algoma resident to test positive for COVID-19. A woman in her 40s with recent travel to Michigan developed respiratory symptoms on the night of Saturday March 21st. She went to Sault Area Hospital on the late night of March 23rd and was tested on March 24th. Hospital staff took all necessary infection prevention and control precautions. Following testing, the individual was discharged home where she remains in self-isolation, following public health guidance and monitoring.
March 28th – Case #3 (Returning from Travel / Toronto)
On the evening of Saturday March 28, Algoma Public Health received confirmation of two more Algoma residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The third Algoma resident to test positive for COVID-19 is a man in his 60s. He had travelled to a Toronto health care facility over one month ago and has since remained admitted under the care of the health professionals there. There are no exposures within Algoma related to this case.
March 28th – Case #4 (Returning from Travel / Florida)
On the evening of Saturday March 28, Algoma Public Health received confirmation of two more Algoma residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The fourth Algoma resident to test positive for COVID-19 is a woman in her 60s, with recent travel to Florida. She developed symptoms on March 23rd, and returned to Algoma via private vehicle on March 25th. She was tested at Sault Ste. Marie’s COVID-19 assessment centre on March 26th. Since her return home and following testing, this individual has remained in self-isolation at home, with no public exposures. All close contacts have been identified and notified.
March 30th – Case #5 (Returning from Travel / Mexico)
Algoma Public Heath received confirmation Monday, March 30, of the 5th Algoma resident to test positive for COVID-19. This is a man in his 20s with recent travel to Mexico, returning to Algoma on March 18th. He developed symptoms on March 20th and was tested through his family health team on March 23rd. He has been in self-isolation since his return to Algoma and close contacts have been identified and notified.
Additionally, anyone who travelled on the flight below, in the indicated rows, should contact Algoma Public Health, or their local public health unit.
Date: March 18, 2020: Cancun, Mexico to Kitchener to Sudbury on WG192 Sunwing Airlines. Passengers in rows 1-5 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts.
April 2nd – Case #6 (Close Contact)
Algoma Public Health reports a new COVID-19 case in a resident in the Algoma district. A male in his 50s was tested on March 28th with the results confirming positive for COVID-19. It is believed that the male contracted the virus due to close contact and currently in self-isolation.
April 3rd – Case #7 (Returning from Travel / London, UK)
The Algoma Public Health is reports a new COVID-19 case in a resident in the Algoma district. The female travelled back to Canada from London, UK, on an Air Canada flight to Toronto, and caught a connecting flight to Sudbury. The 70s female is reported to be self-isolating after being tested on March 31st.
March 23, 2020 flight information:
- London, UK into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Air Canada flight AC 869. Passengers in rows 18-22 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts of the confirmed case.
- Toronto into Greater Sudbury’s Airport on Air Canada AC 8611. Passengers in rows 14-18 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts of the confirmed case.
- These individuals in addition to all people who have travelled outside of Canada are directed to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Canada. If you have travelled to Canadian or Ontario communities outside Algoma, especially to places where COVID-19 is spreading locally, stay home for 14 days.