The Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting five new cases of COVID-19. Four are from Central and East Algoma and one is from Sault Ste. Marie and area.
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.
Outbreak declared at Central Algoma Secondary School
Algoma Public Health has also declared an outbreak at Central Algoma Secondary School (Algoma District School Board).
In accordance with provincial guidance, an outbreak in a school setting is declared when two or more laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 are linked and occur within 14 days of each other, and at least one case could have acquired their infection in the school.
At this time, grades 9-12 have switched over to virtual learning as of Monday March 15 but the school’s elementary levels (JK-6) and the intermediate levels (7-8) are permitted to remain open for in-person learning.
All high risk close contacts have been identified by APH and instructions have been provided regarding COVID-19 testing and self-isolation requirements. Working with the school, APH will continue to monitor the situation and outbreak measures may be scaled up or down in response to the risk of transmission in the school and the assessment of outbreak measures that have been implemented. Please continue to look for updates on your school board website.
Cases 209 through 213 are reported to be self-isolating:
- Case #209 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Mar. 14, 2021
- Case #210 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Mar. 14, 2021
- Case #211 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Mar. 14, 2021
- Case #212 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Mar. 14, 2021
- Case #213 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested Mar. 15, 2021
Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 10 days include:
- Sault Ste. Marie and area
- Central and East Algoma
- Elliot Lake and area
The status of COVID in Algoma:
|Updated: March 15, 2021, 9:15 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.
- 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.