APH reports 8th COVID related death, 2 new cases and potential public exposure

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COVID-19 in Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting the region’s 8th death related to COVID-19 today. Out of respect for the family, APH is advising no further information is being shared.

“This tragic loss highlights the seriousness of this virus. Algoma Public Health commends all those who have worked to prevent COVID-19 spread in our communities.  We ask every Algoma resident to continue doing their part to protect our community members, including getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”, stated APH.

In addition, APH is also reporting 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algoma, one from Sault Ste. Marie and another from North Algoma. Cases #484 and #485 are reported to be self-isolating.

APH is also advising the public of a potential exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who travelled on the following Air Canada flight on October 18, 2021.

  • Air Canada AC 8317 from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie. Passengers who sat in rows 3-9 and flight crew who served these rows should contact their local public health unit for further information.
Actions to take:

Anyone who flew on this flight is asked to follow public health guidance:

Through contact tracing, all close contacts have been notified.

Details of Confirmed Cases:
  • Case #484 – currently self-isolating with cause of exposure unknown after tested on October 18, 2021
  • Case #485 – currently self-isolating with cause of exposure close contact after tested on October 18, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
Tested Confirmed
cases
Active
cases

Currently
hospitalized

Resolved
cases
Deceased
172,235 485 6 0 479 8
Updated: October 19, 2021, 4:30 PM

View current situation in Algoma and the updated status of cases in Algoma.

Immunization Status of Cases

Between July 1, 2021 – September 21st, 2021 there were 65 cases of COVID-19 reported in Algoma. Of these, 15 cases (23.1%) were in fully vaccinated individuals and 50 cases (76.9%) were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.

VOC update:

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
  • North Algoma 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.

Critical Actions:
  • Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate away from others.
  • As of September 22, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to access certain indoor businesses and settings. Learn where you will need to show proof of vaccination, and how to get and use your vaccine receipt at: covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination
  • 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.

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