APH reports 586 active, 71 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday

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COVID-19 Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported 71 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday with an increase of active cases bringing that number to 586. APH is also reporting 4 active cases in non-Algoma residents who are temporarily in the region. In addition, 45 cases are now reported as resolved.

No new hospitalizations were reported as 13 Algoma residents and 1 non-Algoma resident are currently in hospital with the virus.

Of the new cases, 59 were from Sault Ste. Marie and area, 11 from Central and East Algoma, and 1 from North Algoma.

Status of Cases in Algoma

  Current Previous Change from previous report

Confirmed cases

 3,145 3,074 71

Active cases

586(4) 560(2) 26

Currently hospitalized

13(1) 13(1) 0

Resolved

2,559 2,514 45

Deceased

22 22 0

Tested

 223,162 222,614 548
Updated: January 19, 2022, 3:10 PM

Confirmed Cases by Exposure Type

Type of Exposure Current Previous Change from previous report
Close contact of a confirmed case 1,173 1,158 15
Outbreak related 310 294 16
Under Investigation 203 205 -2
Unknown Source of Infection 1,459 1,417 42
Updated:  January 19, 2022, 3:10 PM
Notes:
  • These data sets are preliminary and subject to change, pending further review.
  • Confirmed case include 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
  • Resolved includes cases where a patient tested positive but is resolved according to current public health criteria. This number includes any persons who are deceased.
  • Deceased include the number of people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 who have died.
  • Tests include all that Algoma Public Health is aware through Ontario Laboratory Information Systems (OLIS).

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 APH’s website. Omicron is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario, which was expected based on provincial modeling.

APH continues 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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