7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (#557 – #563) and three low-risk public exposures

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COVID-19 in Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported seven (7) new cases­­ of COVID-19 Friday, November 5, all from Sault Ste. Marie and area. In addition, APH is advising the public of three low-risk exposures to COVID-19.

Potential exposure 1

Public health is advising anyone who attended or worked the Soo Greyhound game on Wednesday, November 3 at the GFL Memorial Gardens, of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19.

Potential exposure 2

Public health is advising anyone who attended the 11:00 am service at Bethel Bible Church, located at 686 Black Rd. on October 31, 2021 of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19.

Potential exposure 3

Public health is advising anyone who travelled on Air Canada, Flight AC 8203 on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19. Passengers who sat in rows 3-9 should contact their local public health unit for further information.

Actions to take:

Any individual who was present on the date and times listed in the potential exposures is asked to follow public health guidance:

Details of the confirmed cases:
Case
Number
Exposure
Category
Status Tested
Case #557 Unknown Self-isolating November 4, 2021
Case #558 Unknown Self-isolating November 4, 2021
Case #559 Close contact Self-isolating November 4, 2021
Case #560 Close contact Self-isolating November 4, 2021
Case #561 Close contact Self-isolating November 5, 2021
Case #562 Close contact Self-isolating November 5, 2021
Case #563 International Travel Self-isolating November 4, 2021

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
  • On Oct 22, 2021, the provincial government released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term
  • The provincial plan includes a timeline for lifting public health measures from fall 2021 through to spring 2022, and begins with lifting capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The timeline will be reviewed based on key pandemic indicators including case counts and ICU capacity.
  • If you are considering going to a private gathering, indoor or outside, the Public Health Agency of Canada has 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.