Algoma Steel addresses community rumors

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Algoma

Over the past week, SaultOnline has been made aware of numerous reports spreading throughout the community of COVID-19 exposures inside Algoma Steel.

In an effort to determine the validity of these reports, we reached out to Brenda Stenta, Manager of Communications and Branding for the plant and promptly received the following response:

“We have no knowledge of a positive COVID-19 case within our workplace and to date, we have not had any incident of onsite transmission.  If the Company becomes aware of a positive COVID-19 case, the occurrence will be communicated to employees while respecting the privacy of the individual, and we will respond immediately in accordance with public health directives.

Algoma Steel and its employees recognize the important role that we serve in Sault Ste. Marie and as an essential business in the Canadian economy.  Working closely with Algoma Public Health, we have established a robust program to mitigate the risk of Covid in our workplace, and where we feel it is appropriate, we may take additional precautionary measures to protect our employees and the business.   We are averaging over 1000 audits every month across more than 6000 audit touchpoints and are consistently measuring over 95% compliance.

While we do not currently conduct employee testing, we do require essential service providers from outside of the District to be tested before coming onsite.

We appreciate your interest and the opportunity to respond.”

Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to monitor the constantly evolving COVID situation in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District.

4 COMMENTS

  1. There were a couple of parents of children, teenagers that were “possibly ” to have tested for Covid, so those couple of parents had & have had to self isolate for the required 14 days.
    These were children, teenagers that attended a “party.”

  2. I guess that can be said for every business! Many employees have been vaccinated and they haven’t declared an outbreak so I’m guessing it is just as safe there as anywhere else.

  3. If you don’t do employee testing, how do you know there aren’t any positive cases? There could be employees with covid who don’t have symptoms.

    • Algoma Public Health does not recommend testing anyone without symptoms unless they are a very close contact of a confirmed positive case. With the amount of employees working in close contact i would say that Algoma is doing a very good job.

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