Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on today, Monday, November 8, all from Sault Ste. Marie and area. All new cases are reported to be self-isolating.
The current number of active cases rises to 68 with two hospitalizations and 515 reported as resolved.
In addition, APH is advising the public of a potential low-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who attended or worked the Soo Greyhound game on Friday, November 5th at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
Actions to take:
Anyone who attended this game is asked 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 #571 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #572 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #573 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #574 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #575 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #576 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #577 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #578 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #579 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #580 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 7, 2021
- Case #581 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 8, 2021
- Case #582 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 8, 2021
- Case #583 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 8, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
|Updated: November 8, 2021, 4:45 PM|
Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include:
- Sault Ste. Marie and area
- North Algoma
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.
- 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.
Between July 1, 2021 – October 20th, 2021 there were 86 cases of COVID-19 reported in Algoma. Of these, 19 cases (22.1%) were in fully vaccinated individuals and 67 cases (77.9%) were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.
For more information about vaccine effectiveness and the reporting of case numbers, check out our infographic Vaccine Effectiveness: Beyond the case numbers.
VOCs 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. 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
Since July 2021 the predominant strain of COVID-19 present in Algoma has been the Delta Variant (B.1.617.2). Public Health Ontario estimates that in the first week of September, 2021 the majority (93.3%) of COVID-19 cases in Ontario had a mutation profile (N501Y- & E484K-) consistent with the Delta Variant. For more information about VOC surveillance in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario’s VOC Surveillance page.