APH reporting 5 COVID-related deaths and 23 new confirmed cases today

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Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting 5 COVID-related deaths during the past week, over half as many reported during the 19 months since the start of the pandemic.

In a statement just released, APH highlights the seriousness of the recent surge in cases, primarily from the Sault and area. APH is also reporting another 23 confirmed cases today in addition to the deaths.

“Algoma Public Health is sad to report that over the last week, five (5) deaths have been confirmed related to COVID-19. This brings the total to 14 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Out of respect for all families, no further information is being shared.”

“These tragic losses highlight the seriousness of this virus. Algoma Public Health commends all those who have worked to prevent COVID-19 spread in our communities. We ask every Algoma resident to continue doing their part to protect our community members, including getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

APH is reporting 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (#919 – #941) today, all from Sault Ste. Marie and area.

Despite the new cases, the number of active cases decreased to 282 and the number of hospitalized cases fell to 15 with resolved cases climbing to 659.

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(1) Confirmed
cases (2)
Active
cases

Currently
hospitalized

Resolved
cases (3)
Deceased (4)
188,234 941 282 15 659 14
Updated: November 23, 2021, 5:32 PM

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

(1) That Algoma Public Health is aware of. The number tested is updated on Monday & Wednesday.

(2) Algoma residents who have confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The number in brackets are active cases in non-Algoma residents who are temporarily in Algoma. These cases are not counted as part of Algoma’s confirmed case count. APH conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases within Algoma.

(3) Patient tested positive but is resolved according to current public health criteria. This number includes any persons who are deceased.

  • These data sets are preliminary and subject to change, pending further review.
  • Confirmed positives will be reported as soon as publicly available.

(4) Deaths include the number of people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 who have died.

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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