Three New Cases of COVID-19 – High Risk Exposure at Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre

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COVID-19 in Algoma

The Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today. All three cases are from Sault Ste. Marie and area.

In addition, Algoma Public Health is working to identify and notify high risk close contacts for a potential exposure at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre.

If you worked or were at the facility on:

  • March 29, 2021 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • March 30, 2021 from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • March 31, 2021 from 6:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • April 1, 2021 from 2:30 pm – 11 pm

You are advised to:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 immediately. Until test results are available, you and anyone you live with in your household must stay home and self-isolate and call Algoma Public Health for further instructions at 705-942-4646, ext. 3274.  Phone lines will be open Sunday April 4, 2021 at 9:00 am.
  • Even if your results come back negative, and even if you are not identified by APH as a high risk close contact requiring quarantine and additional testing, you must continue to monitor your symptoms for 14 days since your last exposure date and stay home as much as possible except for essential reasons.
  • Indoor gatherings, of any size, are prohibited during the provincewide shutdown, except for people you live with in your own household.

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.

Cases 236 through 238 are reported to be self-isolating:

  • Case #236 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested Apr. 2, 2021
  • Case #237 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Apr. 2, 2021
  • Case #238 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Apr. 2, 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:

Tested
Confirmed
cases
Active
cases
Currently
hospitalized
Resolved
cases
Deceased
115,362 238 17 0 221 4
Updated: April 2, 2021, 5:45 pm

 

(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.
  • Stay home as much as possible, and avoid gathering, visiting or having close contact with people you don’t live with.
  • 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 April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government has implemented a provincewide emergency brake that will last for four weeks and puts all 34 public health units into shutdown.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising all Ontarians to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household.  Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.
  • All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days.
  • Algoma residents who regularly cross the Canada – U.S. border into Sault Ste. Marie and into Chippewa County for essential work should take the following actions even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions
    • Avoid travel except for essential reasons and avoid travelling between zones except for essential reasons
    • Avoid cross-border travel and use virtual options if possible
    • If you become sick, isolate away from others and call to get tested for COVID-19
    • Once back in Algoma, follow provincial public health advice for all Ontarians by staying home as much as possible and not having close contact with people you do not live with, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
  • 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.