The Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today, all from Sault Ste. Marie and area with five more cases screened positive for variants of concern (VOCs). In addition, APH is advising of a potential low-risk exposure of COVID-19 with Sault Transit on the following routes:
|May 14||7 AM – 8 AM||Second Line Route # 7|
|May 14||3 PM – 4 PM||Second Line Route # 7|
|May 15||7 AM – 8 AM||Second Line Route # 7|
|May 15||3 PM – 4 PM||Second Line Route # 7|
|May 19||8:30 AM||Great Northern Road Route #2|
|May 19||11:30 AM||Second Line Route # 7|
People who were on this bus at the specified times and route 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 374 through 377 are reported to be self-isolating:
- Case #374 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested May 17, 2021
- Case #375 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested May 17, 2021
- Case #376 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested May 19, 2021
- Case #377 with cause of exposure unknown after being tested May 17, 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:
Positive for VOC (4)
|Updated: May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm|
*(UPDATE: May 16, 2021) – Following receipt of amended laboratory reports, it has been determined that the two cases from Elliot Lake & area that were part of the May 14 PSA do not meet case definition. These two individuals are no longer considered cases and have been removed from Algoma’s case count.
(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.
(4) This is the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Algoma which have screened positive for a Variant of Concern (VOC). As of March 22, 2021, all COVID-19 positive specimens are tested for the N501Y and E484K mutations. The presence of either or both of these mutations indicates that a VOC is present. VOC testing occurs after the positive result is reported to public health. Therefore, changes in the number of cases screened positive for VOCs is not directly related to the cases reported that day. For more information about VOC surveillance in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario’s VOC Surveillance page.
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. Outside of home, practice physical distancing at all times by staying 2 metres away from other people.As of April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province’s hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.
- The government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
- 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.