APH reporting region’s 22nd COVID-19 related death, 44 new cases Wednesday

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COVID-19 Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported the region’s 22nd COVID-19 related death on Wednesday in addition to 44 new confirmed cases and 2 more hospitalized cases. The number of active cases fell by 42 to 560 as 86 cases were reported resolved.

Of the new cases, 29 were from Sault Ste. Marie and area, 3 from Central and East Algoma, 3 from Elliot Lake and area, and 9 from North Algoma.

Status of Cases in Algoma

Current Previous Change from previous report

Confirmed cases

 3,074 3,030 44

Active cases

560 602 -42

Currently hospitalized

13(1) 11(1) 2

Resolved

2,514 2,428 86

Deceased

22 21 1

Tested

 222,614 222,353 261
Updated: January 18, 2022, 2:45 PM

Confirmed Cases by Exposure Type

Type of Exposure Current Previous Change from previous report
Close contact of a confirmed case 1,158 1,147 11
Outbreak related 294 282 12
Under Investigation 205 235 -30
Unknown Source of Infection 1,417 1,366 51
Updated:  January 18, 2022, 2:45 PM

Stop The Spread

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, please continue to follow all Algoma-wide mandatory public health measures in place:

  1. Anyone who is sick, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and isolate away from others – regardless of whether you have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Cut back on unnecessary activities where you have unmasked, face-to-face close contact with people you don’t live with. Limit the size and number of social gatherings you have. Do this even if you have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and especially if you have vulnerable health conditions or are not immunized.
  3. Get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Omicron

The COVID-19 variant of concern, omicron, has been detected in positive cases of COVID-19 in the health unit region as listed on our website. Omicron is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario, which was expected based on provincial modeling.

We continue to monitor the number of cases determined to be Omicron to determine if and when it is the dominant strain of COVID-19 in our region, similar to our approach to reporting of the presence of the delta variant.

To mitigate transmission of Omicron and severe health outcomes from COVID-19, case and contact management in Ontario has shifted to treat all cases of COVID-19 as suspect Omicron.

 

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