Low-risk exposure and 28 new cases reported Monday

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COVID-19 in Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (#891 – #918) Monday, all from Sault Ste. Marie and area.

In addition, APH is advising of a low-risk exposure at Galaxy Cinemas:

Movie: Clifford the Big Red Dog
Showtime: November 14th at 3:50 PM

Additionally, any individuals who attended the arcade area between the hours of 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM on November 14th, 2021.

Actions to take:

Any individual who was present on the date and times listed in the potential low-risk exposure is asked to:

The current number of active cases increased to 283 while the number of cases hospitalized remains at 17. APH continues to advise that evidence of community spread is occurring across the District.

Due to increasing rates of COVID-19 in the Algoma District, APH is receiving assistance from case and contact managers who may be from the provincial workforce or a partner health unit. If you are a case or a high-risk contact, you may receive a call from a case/contact manager from outside of Algoma Public Health.

Details of Confirmed Cases:
Case
Number
Exposure
Category
Status Tested
Case #891 Unknown Self-isolating November 21, 2021
Case #892  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #893  Unknown Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #894  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #895  Unknown Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #896  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #897  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #898  Unknown Self-isolating  November 22, 2021
Case #899  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #900  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #901  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 20, 2021
Case #902  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 20, 2021
Case #903  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 20, 2021
Case #904  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 20, 2021
Case #905  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #906  Unknown Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #907  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #908  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #909  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #910  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #911  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #912  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #913  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #914  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #915  Under Investigation Under Investigation  Under Investigation
Case #916  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 21, 2021
Case #917  Travel Self-isolating  November 19, 2021
Case #918  Close Contact Self-isolating  November 22, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
Tested Confirmed
cases
Active
cases

Currently
hospitalized

Resolved
cases
Deceased
187,163 918 283 17 635 9
Updated: November 22, 2021, 10:00 PM

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

Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days include:
  • Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • Central and East 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.

COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario
Region Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Algoma Public Health 125.0
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 12.3
Northwestern Health Unit 2.3
Porcupine Health Unit 12.0
Sudbury & District Health Unit 98.5
Thunder Bay District Health Unit 4.0
Timiskaming Health Unit 48.9
Week of: November 10 – November 16, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases

COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan
Region Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Upper Peninsula 179.7
Chippewa County 91.0
Mackinaw County 111.2
Week of: November 9 – November 15, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases

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 province wide 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.
Immunization Status of Cases

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 APH’s infographic Vaccine Effectiveness: Beyond the case numbers.

VOC update:

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.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to read 32 cases, not 31 as originally reported.

 

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