Algoma Public Health is reporting a new case of COVID-19. 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.
Details of the confirmed case:
Case #64 Unknown Self-Isolating December 21, 2020
Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include:
* Central and East Algoma
* Sault Ste. Marie and area
Definitions under exposure category:
Unknown exposure means the person did not have recent international travel or close contact with a known confirmed case. How the person acquired the virus is not known.
Close contact means the person acquired their infection through close contact with a known confirmed case. For example, living together with a case, or spending more than 15 minutes with a case while less than 2 metres apart, are considered high risk close contact exposures.
International travel means the person acquired their infection from travel outside of Canada.
* Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and isolate away from others.
* Do not have close contact with others outside the immediate household of people you live with. Outside of home, practice physical distancing at all times by staying 2 metres away from other people.
* As of December 21, 2020, as part of the Provincewide Shutdown MORE HERE 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 as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members.
* All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days. APH’s Chippewa County travel advisory MORE INFORMATION HERE on December 2 strongly advises those who cross the Canada-US border regularly to also stay home as much as possible for 14 days, even if you are exempt from quarantine.
* As of October 2, 2020, the mandatory masking policy was extended to all of Ontario<https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58645/ontario-implementing-additional-public-health-and-testing-measures-to-keep-people-safe> for all indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces.