Two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Blind River area with potential public exposure

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The Algoma Public Health is reporting two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, both from Central & East Algoma.

In addition, APH is advising anyone who visited Tim Hortons in Blind River, located at 43 Causley Street, either through walk-in or drive-thru on the following dates and times, of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19.

  • Jan 30, 2021, from 4 am – 12 Noon
  • Jan 31, 2021, from 4 am – 12 Noon
  • Feb 1, 2021, from 8 am – 11:45 am

Actions to Take

People who visited Tim Hortons on the dates listed above are asked to:

Cases #168 and 169 are all reported to be self-isolating:

  • Case #166 with cause of exposure due to close contact after tested Jan. 30, 2021
  • Case #167 with cause of exposure due to close contact after tested Feb. 1, 2021

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

  • Central and East Algoma
  • Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • Elliot Lake

Algoma Public Health is also reporting a second resident currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

The status of COVID in Algoma:

Tested
Confirmed
cases
Active
cases
Currently
hospitalized
Resolved
cases
Deceased
86,223 169 21
2 148 2
Updated: February 2, 2021, 5:00 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.