Algoma Public Health reports two new positive cases in the region

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COVID-19 in Algoma

The Algoma Public Health is reporting two new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Algoma District. Cases #59 and #60 were the result of testing conducted on November 20, 2020 with exposure having been determined due to international travel.

Both residents are reported to be currently self-isolating. Through contact tracing, Algoma Public Health notifies all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by Algoma Public Health, you are not considered a close contact.

Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include Sault Ste. Marie, Central Algoma and Eastern Algoma.

To date, there have been 61,018 Covid-19 tests conducted in the Algoma District with 60 returned positive. Currently there are 3 active cases with 57 resolved and no positive cases which resulted in a death.

Algoma Region Any residents who have tested positive for COVID-19? Any evidence of local community spread?
(since August 2020 –
Algoma’s second wave)
Central & East Algoma Yes (less than 5) Possible/Likely:
evidence of community  spread is present in other areas of Algoma and in neighbouring public health units
Elliot Lake & Area Yes (less than 5) Possible/Likely:
evidence of community  spread is present in other areas of Algoma and in neighbouring public health units
North Algoma No Possible/Likely:
evidence of community  spread is present in other areas of Algoma and in neighbouring public health units
 Sault Ste. Marie &  Area Yes (54) Yes
  Updated: November 24, 2020 6:30 p.m.

 

Algoma Public Health is actively monitoring the situation and providing public health guidance to Algoma residents, returning travellers, local health professionals, and local employers.

There is an ongoing risk of contracting COVID-19 in our local communities. In order to prevent uncontrolled person-to-person spread in our communities, every Algoma resident must take the following actions:

  1. Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate away from others.
    • Do not host visitors or attend any gatherings or parties if you have any symptoms.
    • Students and young children who go to child care must complete the COVID-19 screening checklist before leaving home for school or day care.
    • Adults should also complete the COVID-19 screening checklist before going to work.
  2. Do not have close contact with others outside the immediate household of people you live with.
    • If you live alone, you may consider having close contact with another person or household for essential support and wellbeing.  The fewer close contacts, the lower the risk.
    • By law, indoor private gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less – the fewer the people, the lower the risk.
    • When socializing with non-household friends and relatives, practice physical distancing and stay 2 metres apart from one another at all times – the further apart, the lower the risk.
    • Carpooling, hanging out on the same couch, or sharing a meal around the kitchen table are all examples of close contact activities.  Only do these things with people in your immediate household.
  3. On October 9, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health advised all Ontarians to limit non-essential trips and travel:
    • Limit trips outside of home, except for essential purposes only, such as work, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity.
    • Travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes.

4. If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must stay home for 14 days.  This is a mandatory requirement from the Government of Canada’s emergency order under the Quarantine Act.

  • If you have recently been in close contact with other people in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, whether in an Algoma community, or another Ontario or Canadian community, Algoma Public Health also recommends that you stay home for 14 days.  Although this is not required under the law, it is an additional recommendation to help prevent spread of the virus in our communities.
    • A current list of Ontario public health units with high or very high COVID-19 community transmission (orange, red or grey/lockdown) can be found here.
  • *November 4, 2020: Special Advisory for Chippewa County, Michigan. Due to rising COVID-19 cases throughout late October in Chippewa County, Michigan, APH is advising Algoma residents who cross the Sault Ste. Marie border for work or study to avoid cross-border travel if possible.  Even if you are exempt from quarantine, those who cross the border for essential reasons should take extra precautions for 14 days, including staying home as much as possible and not having close contact with others, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.  Full details of this advisory are available here.
  • Algoma residents and employers who have questions about a specific exposure risk may contact APH for further guidance. Please call 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404

5. Wear a mask or face covering in all public indoor settings. This is now mandatory by law province-wide. To protect one another, you should also wear a mask or face covering in any setting where you cannot stay at least 2 metres apart from another person who is not a member of your household. Your mask must cover your mouth, nose and chin without any gaps.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Here we go! First batch of international students arrived this week and two new cases already. Get ready for the lockdown because there is some 400 international students coming to the Sault thanks to Sault College and Algoma U. We will be moved to red status soon. I hope Sault college and Algoma U are ready to flip the bill for all the local businesses that will go out of business because of their selfishness and greed. Where is our governments? What are they doing about this? I smell corruption!

    • This is the most untrustworthy government that I can remember. Not all of the international students are in isolation – there have been 1,500 internationals deemed “essential” as international students, international workers, and relatives of current international landees this year alone that were not required to isolate.
      There are on average of 11,000 international flights each day landing in Canada.
      STOP THE LIES!

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