Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting 48 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and a decrease of those listed as active, bringing that number to 576. APH is also reporting that 4 of the active cases are in non-Algoma residents who are temporarily in the region. Additionally, 58 cases are now reported as resolved.
3 new hospitalizations were registered raising that count to 16, with 15 reported as Algoma residents and 1 being a non-Algoma resident.
Of the new cases, 35 were from Sault Ste. Marie and area, 9 from Central and East Algoma, 1 in Elliot Lake and area, and 3 from North Algoma.
Status of Cases in Algoma
|Current||Previous||Change from previous report|
|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||1,183||1,173||10|
|Unknown Source of Infection||1,506||1,459||47|
|Updated: January 20, 2022, 3:25 PM|
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Get your COVID-19 vaccine.
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.