11 new cases of COVID reported by APH

COVID-19 in Algoma

The Algoma Public Health reported 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District Sunday.

All the cases are due to close contact and are self-isolating.

APH is also asking anyone who flew December 30, 2020 on these flights to immediately self isolate.

Air Canada flight 8498 from Windsor to Toronto, passengers in rows 3-9 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts.

Air Canada flight 8321, Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie, passengers in rows 3-7 and flight crew that may have served these rows are considered close contacts.

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.

“Though this increase in numbers is alarming, we as a community need to recommit to following  public health guidance during this pandemic. Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with the members of the same household. Limit your trips in the community for necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members,” said Dr. Jennifer Loo, Medical Officer of Health.

Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include:

  • Central and East Algoma
  • Sault Ste. Marie and areaThe status of COVID in Algoma:
    Tested (1)  Confirmed
    cases (2)
    cases (3)
    73,324 92 28 (1)*  64 0
    Updated: January 5, 2021, 7:15 p.m.

    (1) That Algoma Public Health is aware of.

    (2) Algoma residents who have confirmed COVID-19 infection.

    *The number in brackets are active cases in non-Algoma residents who are temporarily in Algoma.  These cases are not counted as part of Algoma’s confirmed case count.  APH conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases within Algoma.

    (3) Patient tested positive but is resolved according to current public health criteria. This number includes any persons who are deceased.

    • These data sets are preliminary and subject to change, pending further review.
    • Confirmed positives will be reported as soon as publicly available.

    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.


    Critical Actions:

    • 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 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 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 for all indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces.


  1. its not about breaking laws,,its about taking required action to keep all safe
    and i agree much of humanity does not concern themself unless its for them
    (the self)
    funny how people are charged with fines for having more than 5 jn the car
    but the jet trafifc is none stop and only requires (self isolation)
    this is not a softwood dispute and all traffic originating from other countries should be stopped. leaving it up to the rich to continue traveling ongoing for whatever dollar they save comming to Canada and what they consider (essential) is crazy..
    people will continue to find reasons to fund there current lavesh lifestyle even at the health risk of others

      • There aren’t many. There are only a handful of reasons people NEED to travel during a lockdown. That said it’s possible every person on that flight had a legit reason.

        However, lots of people have missed or postponed funerals during these times, changed doctors to get treatment in a less risky zone, have stayed in a red zone to be with a dying relative and/or drove the whole way carefully limiting exposure.

        People tend not to care until it actually affects someone they love.

  2. The province was under lockdown! What do people not understand about essential travel only. Why aren’t any of these people being charged. People will not learn until you start hitting them where it hurts, their wallets. Unbelievable.

    • They think as long as its someone else getting sick why should they care. Unbelievable I agree. People should be charged and if someone dies because of their recklessness manslaughter at the very least.

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