APH reports 41 new cases of COVID-19 and two potential public exposures Saturday

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Saturday has set the record for the highest number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in a single day across the Algoma District since the start of the pandemic. Algoma Public Health (APH) reported a total of 41 (#818 – #858), 39 from Sault Ste. Marie and area and 2 from Central and East Algoma.

The current number of active cases jumps to 271 with the number of hospitalized cases also increasing by 2, now totaling 18. No cases were reported to be resolved and APH is advising of evidence of community spread in all areas of the District.

In addition, APH is also advising the public of two potential public exposures to COVID-19. The Health Unit states that due to increasing rates of COVID-19 in Algoma, they have requested assistance from provincial case and contact managers, and from other health units. “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.”

High-risk exposure:

Air Canada Flight 8201

Departure: November 14, 2021 – (4:15 PM) – Toronto Pearson International Airport
Arrival: November 14, 2021 – (5:30 PM) – Sault Ste. Marie Airport

Passengers who sat in rows 10-14 and flight crew who served these rows should follow the below actions.

Actions to take:

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

  • Regardless of vaccination status, get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • If you are vaccinated, self-monitor for signs and symptoms.
  • If you are not vaccinated, self-isolate immediately until November 21, 2021

Low-risk exposure

John Rhodes Community Centre Pool

Public health is advising of a low-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who was at the John Rhodes Community Centre Pool, located at 260 Elizabeth St, in Sault Ste. Marie on the following dates and times to follow public health guidance.

  • November 17, 2021, between 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Actions to take:

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

Details of Confirmed Cases:
Case
Number
Exposure
Category
Status Tested
Case #818 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #819 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #820 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #821 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #822 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #823 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #824 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #825 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #826 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #827 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #828 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #829 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #830 Unknown Self-isolating November 20. 2021
Case #831 Close Contact Self-isolating November 20. 2021
Case #832 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #833 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #834 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #835 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #836 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #837 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #838 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19, 2021
Case #839 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19, 2021
Case #840 Under Investigation Under Investigation November 19, 2021
Case #841 Unknown Self-isolating November 19 2021
Case #842 Unknown Self-isolating November 19, 2021
Case #843 Unknown Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #844 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #845 International Travel Self-isolating November 19, 2021
Case #846 Unknown Self-isolating November 19, 2021
Case #847 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #848 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #849 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #850 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #851 Under Investigation Under Investigation November 19. 2021
Case #852 Under Investigation Under Investigation November 19. 2021
Case #853 Close Contact Self-isolating November 19. 2021
Case #854 Unknown Self-isolating November 16. 2021
Case #855 Under Investigation Under Investigation November 19, 2021
Case #856 Close Contact Self-isolating November 20, 2021
Case #857 Close Contact Self-isolating November 20. 2021
Case #858 Under Investigation Under Investigation November 20, 2021
Status of cases in Algoma:
Tested Confirmed
cases
Active
cases

Currently
hospitalized

Resolved
cases
Deceased
185,813 858 271 18 587 9
Updated: November 20, 2021, 9:10 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.

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