APH reports another 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19

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COVID-19 Algoma

In less than 24 hours since confirming five new positive cases of COVID-19 on the eve of the new year, Algoma Public Health has just now reported another six new cases. All eleven cases within the last 24 hours are being reported within Sault Ste. Marie as well as Central and East Algoma District areas.

Last evening APH reported five new cases:

#66 – Resident tested on December 28th, currently self-isolating and cause of exposure due to international travel.

#67 – Resident tested on December 29th, currently self-isolating and cause of exposure stated as unknown.

#68 & #69 – Residents tested on December 31st, both currently self-isolating and the cause of exposure due to close contact.

#70 – Resident tested on December 29th, currently self-isolating and the cause of exposure also stated as unknown.

Earlier today a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Extendicare Maple View after APH confirmed that two staff members tested positive. APH is currently working closely with Extendicare Maple View’s care team to take further preventive actions to protect staff and residents of the long-term care facility. The two staff members are reported to be in isolation to prevent further transmission.

The details of the latest six new cases are reported as:

#71 – Resident tested on December 29th, currently self-isolating and cause of exposure stated as unknown.

#72 – Resident tested on December 27th, currently self-isolating and cause of exposure stated as unknown.

#73 thru #76 – Residents tested today, January 1st, currently self-isolating and the cause of exposure due to close contact.

 

Causes of Exposure:

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 isolate away from others.
  • Do not have close contact with others outside the immediate household of people you live with.  Outside of home, practice physical distancing at all times by staying 2 metres away from other people.
  • As of December 21, 2020, as part of the Provincewide Shutdown the Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising all Ontarians to stay home as much as possible, with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members.
  • All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days. APH’s Chippewa County travel advisory on December 2 strongly advises those who cross the Canada-US border regularly to also stay home as much as possible for 14 days, even if you are exempt from quarantine.
  • 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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