On Sunday, January 23, Algoma Public Health (APH) reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 noted a decrease in the number of active cases as well as hospitalizations. The local number of confirmed active cases dropped by six (6) to bring that total to 582, with 4 of those in individuals who are temporarily in our region. The number of individuals currently in hospital as a result of COVID-19 dropped by 1 to lower the tally to 17, with one of those individuals being a resident from outside of our health district.
Of the new cases, 23 were from Sault Ste. Marie and area, 8 from Central and East Algoma, 0 in Elliot Lake and area, and 1 case was detracted from the North Algoma count.
Status of Cases in Algoma
|Current||Previous||Change from previous report|
|Updated: January 23, 2022, 2:30 PM|
Confirmed Cases by Exposure Type
|Type of Exposure||Current||Previous||Change from previous report|
|Close contact of a confirmed case||1,211||1,197||14|
|Unknown Source of Infection||1,587||1,561||26|
|Updated: January 21, 2022, 3:15 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.