APH reports two more COVID-19 deaths and four new confirmed cases

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COVID-19 Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) is reports two more COVID-19 related deaths in the region, four new confirmed cases.

APH is reporting two more COVID-19 related deaths in the Algoma District over the past 24 hours, one on Sunday and another today.

In a media release Sunday, APH stated, “It is with great sadness that today we are reporting the region’s fifth death related to COVID-19. Out of respect for the family, no further information is being shared.”

“This tragic loss highlights the seriousness of this virus. APH commends all those who have worked to prevent COVID-19 spread in our communities as well as those who are now working tirelessly to immunize our community members. We ask every Algoma resident to continue doing their part to protect our community members, by staying home as much as possible, and avoiding close contact with others.”

Just a mere 24 hours later, APH issued a second release stating, “It is with great sadness that today we are reporting the region’s sixth death related to COVID-19. Algoma Public Health offers sincere condolences to the family, friends, and caregivers affected by this loss and throughout this difficult time. Out of respect for the family, no further details will be provided.”

In addition, APH reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, two on Sunday from Sault Ste. Marie and area and two more today, one from Sault Ste. Marie and area and a second from Elliot Lake and area.

Through contact tracing, Algoma Public Health notifies all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by Algoma Public Health, you are not considered a close contact.

Cases #385 and #388 are currently reported to be self-isolating with:

  • Case #385 with cause of exposure close contact after tested May 22, 2021
  • Case #386 with cause of exposure close contact after tested May 23, 2021
  • Case #387 with cause of exposure unknown after tested May 23, 2021
  • Case #388 with cause of exposure unknown after tested May 24, 2021
Algoma regions with COVID-19 cases reported in the past 10 days include:
  • Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • Central and East Algoma
  • Elliot Lake and area
Source: Algoma Public Health
The status of COVID in Algoma:
Tested (1) Confirmed
cases (2)
Active
cases
Currently
hospitalized
Resolved
cases (3)
Deceased Cases Screened
Positive for VOC (4)
141,922 388 38 1 (2)
350 6 91
Updated: May 24, 2021, 5:15 pm

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

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, first detected in the UK
  • P.1, first detected in Brazil

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.
  • Stay home as much as possible, and avoid gathering, visiting or having close contact with people you don’t live with.
  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people or less. Indoor gatherings with people outside of your household remain prohibited at this time.
  • The government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
  • Algoma residents who regularly cross the Canada – U.S. border into Sault Ste. Marie and into Chippewa County for essential work should take the following actions even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions
    • Avoid travel except for essential reasons and avoid travelling between zones except for essential reasons
    • Avoid cross-border travel and use virtual options if possible
    • If you become sick, isolate away from others and call to get tested for COVID-19
    • Once back in Algoma, follow provincial public health advice for all Ontarians by staying home as much as possible and not having close contact with people you do not live with, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
  • 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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