Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 in Sault Ste. Marie and area today, including two with cause of exposure due to international travel. All are reported to be currently self-isolating.
In addition, APH is also advising the public of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19. If you went to the 6:30 p.m. showing of Malignant at Galaxy Cinemas (Station Mall) on September 15, 2021, please follow public health guidance.
Actions to take:
If you went to this movie on the date and time listed, you are advised to follow public health guidance:
- Self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days from potential exposure.
- Self-isolate immediately if symptoms develop.
- Seek testing if symptoms occur.
Through contact tracing, all close contacts have been notified.
Details of Confirmed Cases:
- Case #458 – cause of exposure international travel after tested on September 17, 2021
- Case #459 – cause of exposure international travel after tested on September 17, 2021
- Case #460 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on September 17, 2021
- Case #461 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on September 17, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
|Updated: September 18, 2021, 4:30 pm|
Variants of concern continue to circulate in Algoma. VOCs are concerning because, depending on what type of mutations are present, they may spread more aggressively, lead to more severe disease, or have reduced vaccine efficacy. Recent results from additional laboratory testing have detected the following VOCs in Algoma:
- B.1.1.7 (Alpha), first detected in the UK
- B.1.617.2 (Delta), first detected in India
- P.1 (Gamma), first detected in Brazil
Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include:
- Sault Ste. Marie and area
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 self-isolate away from others.
- Ontario is currently in Step 3 of Ontario’s Three-Step Roadmap to Reopen. This three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.
- If you are considering going to a private gathering, indoor or outside, the Public Health Agency of Canada (Healthy Canadians) released recommendations on things to keep in mind. When out in public, like workplaces, public transit and stores, continue to follow public health guidance that has been put in place to minimize the risk of spread. Wear your mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands.
- Regardless if you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated, if you are sick or have symptoms, you should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
- 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.