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, APH is advising of the following potential low-risk exposures to COVID-19 at Pino’s Grocery Store on Trunk Road and the Seniors Centre on Bay Street:
Pino’s Grocery Store
If you were at Pino’s Grocery Store, located at 219 Trunk Rd in Sault Ste. Marie, on the following dates and times, please follow actions listed below.
- March 29, 30, 31 and April 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If you were at the Seniors Centre, located at 619 Bay Street in Sault Ste. Marie, on the following dates and times, please follow actions below.
- March 29, 30, 31 and April 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Actions to take:
People who visited Pino’s Grocery Store or the Senior’s Centre on the dates/times listed above are asked to:
- Self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from potential exposure.
- Self-isolate immediately if symptoms develop.
- Seek testing if symptoms occur.
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 239 through 241 are reported to be self-isolating:
- Case #239 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested Apr. 3, 2021
- Case #240 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Apr. 4, 2021
- Case #241 with cause of exposure close contact after being tested Apr. 4, 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: April 4, 2021, 7:00 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.
- 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.