With the sudden increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Algoma District, just how does the Sault/Algoma District compare to neighbouring areas here in Northern Ontario and beyond? Despite the recent uptick in positive cases, hopefully the following numbers will demonstrate that our continued efforts are in fact making a difference:
|Public Health Unit||Changes in cases Jan 3, 2021||Changes in cases Jan 4, 2021||Cumulative case count||Cumulative rate per 100K population|
Algoma Public Health
|Thunder Bay District Health Unit||6||5||604||402.8|
|Public Health Sudbury & Districts||1||4||289||145.2|
|North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit||3||3||141||108.7|
|Timiskaming Health Unit||0||0||79||241.7|
|Toronto Public Health||917||778||62,354||1,998.3|
|Peel Public Health||581||614||42,038||2,617.6|
|Ottawa Public Health||131||126||10,598||1,004.9|
We recently reached out to both the Algoma Public Health and Sault Area Hospital to confirm reports SaultOnline has been receiving about one or more residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19, even suggesting that the person(s) may in fact be on an ICU ventilator. Algoma Public Health chose not to respond to our inquiry and although the Sault Area Hospital was prompt to respond, the following is the response we received:
“To protect patient confidentiality and privacy, Sault Area Hospital does not comment, without express patient consent, publicly on the ongoing health status of patients.
On a weekly basis, SAH reports our COVID status to the province, this includes medication availability, bed capacity, PPE availability and hospitalizations. Current information can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data. Local status updated are provided by Algoma Public Health and can be found on their website http://www.algomapublichealth.com/.
Sault Area Hospital reminds everyone to continue to follow public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”, stated Brandy Sharp Young.
Well we did just what was recommended and sifted through the datasets provided on the Ontario COVID-19 website. Although the data isn’t quite filtered by specific health units, it does filter by Provincial Health Regions. The following numbers represent the Northern Health Region:
|Date||Health Region||Cases Currently Hospitalized||Cases in ICU||Cases in ICU in Ventilator|
|Jan. 5, 2021||North||7||4||3|
|Dec. 31, 2020||North||11||3||2|
|Dec. 21, 2020||North||0||0||0|
If there is in fact anyone in the Sault who is currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, our thoughts and prayers go out to both them and their family. May you have a speedy recovery and thank you to all our front line workers!