Advisory Extended on Cross-Border Travel into Chippewa County, Michigan until January 26, 2021

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Due to ongoing high COVID-19 activity throughout December in Chippewa County, Michigan, Algoma Public Health (APH) is extending a special advisory for Algoma residents who regularly cross the Canada-US border into Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and into Chippewa County for work. Even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions:

  • Avoid cross-border travel and use virtual options if possible.
  • While in Chippewa County, protect yourself by avoiding crowded indoor spaces and staying 2 metres apart from other people at all times.
  • Once back in Algoma, protect others by staying home as much as possible for 14 days and not having close contact with others, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.

This advisory is in effect for 28 days until January 26, 2021, at which point an update will be provided based on COVID-19 activity at that time.

APH acknowledges the challenges faced by essential workers, and is grateful for their role in allowing everyone to continue to receive essential goods and services.  If you know of a family, friend or neighbour who must cross the border for essential reasons, consider the following ways to offer support:

  • Help pick up and deliver groceries or a prepared meal
  • Offer to help run errands in the community
  • Call or link up virtually to chat, catch up, and stay socially connected

As part of the Provincewide Shutdown, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising all Ontarians to stay home as much as possible, with trips outside the home limited to necessities such food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members.

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings<https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown#section-6> are not permitted except with members of the same household. Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with):

  • Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes
  • Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation

 

Current Situation in Chippewa County

Chippewa County, Michigan, currently has over 512 active cases of COVID-19.

Rates of new COVID-19 infections during the week of December 21-27, 2020 are provided below for comparison.

http://www.algomapublichealth.com/disease-and-illness/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus-2/

Region Population Size Rate of new COVID-19
infections per week
(number of cases per 100,000 people)
Chippewa County 37,349 66.9
Algoma 559,339 2.6
North Eastern Ontario 114,434 10.4
York 1,225,797 95.4
Peel 1,605,952 173.0
Toronto 3,120,358 128.2
Ontario 14,864,428 99.2

 

Actions for Cross-Border Travellers to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

  • Avoid cross-border travel and use virtual options if possible
  • While in Chippewa County
  • Stay 2 metres away from other people at all times
  • Avoid close contact with others and crowded indoor spaces
  • Do not attend gatherings
  • Avoid non-essential activities such as shopping or running errands
  • Wear a mask or face covering at all times.  If your work puts you in contact with other people where you are closer than 2 metres, use PPE to protect yourself (i.e. wear a medical mask and eye protection)
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often and do not touch your face unless you have just washed your hands
  • Once back in Algoma
  • If you can, stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others for 14 days, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms every day
  • If you become sick, isolate away from others and call to get tested for COVID-19
  • Keep track of your daily activities, including the dates and times of where you go and who you are with