26 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two potential public exposures

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COVID-19 Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting 26 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today (#742 – #767), 23 from Sault Ste. Marie and area and 3 from Central and East Algoma. The current number of active cases climbs to 209 but the number of hospitalized cases fell by 2 bringing that total down to 15.

In addition, APH is advising the public of two potential exposures to COVID-19.

Low-risk exposure – Thessalon Curling Club

Public health is advising of a low-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who was at the Thessalon Curling Club, located at 120 Main St., in Thessalon, ON on the following dates and times to follow public health guidance.

  • November 9, 2021, between 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • November 11, 2021, between 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Actions to take:

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

High-risk exposure – Sault Ste. Marie YMCA

Public health is advising anyone who was present in the women’s general change room, the men’s general change room, and/or the family change room at Sault Ste. Marie YMCA on November 11, 2021, between 7:00 pm – 8:00pm of a potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19.

Actions to take:

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

Details of Confirmed Cases:
  • Case #742 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #743 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #744 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #745 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #746 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #747 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #748 – cause of exposure international travel after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #749 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 14, 2021
  • Case #750 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #751 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #752 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #753 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #754 – cause of exposure unknown after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #755 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #756 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #757 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #758 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #759 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #760 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 16, 2021
  • Case #761 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 17, 2021
  • Case #762 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #763 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #764 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #765 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
  • Case #766 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 17, 2021
  • Case #767 – cause of exposure close contact after tested on November 15, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
Tested Confirmed
cases
Active
cases

Currently
hospitalized

Resolved
cases
Deceased
182,681 767 209 15 558 9
Updated: November 16, 2021, 6:05 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 30.6
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 33.9
Northwestern Health Unit 4.6
Porcupine Health Unit 12.0
Sudbury & District Health Unit 110.5
Thunder Bay District Health Unit 16.0
Timiskaming Health Unit 21.4
Week of: November 2 – November 8, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases

COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan
Region Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Upper Peninsula 137.9
Chippewa County 88.4
Mackinaw County 102.0
Week of: November 2 – November 8, 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.

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