APH reports two additional COVID-19 related deaths this week

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COVID-19 Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported two additional COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, the third death this week due to the virus. Out of respect for the families, no further details are being shared.

The number of active cases for the district dropped slightly to 595 as 41 new confirmed cases were also reported and 53 cases resolved. The number of individuals currently in hospital as a result of COVID-19 now stands at 18 with one individual being a resident from outside of our health district.

Of the 41 new cases, 29 are from Sault Ste. Marie and area, 8 from Central and East Algoma, 3 from Elliot Lake and area, and 1 from North Algoma.

Status of Cases in Algoma

Current Previous Change from previous report

Confirmed cases

3,561 3,520 41

Active cases

595 607 -12

Currently hospitalized

18(1) 21(1) -3

Resolved

2,966 2,913 53

Deceased

26 24 2

Tested

 226,530 225,968 562
Updated: January 27, 2022, 3:30 PM

Confirmed Cases by Exposure Type

Type of Exposure Current Previous Change from previous report
Close contact of a confirmed case 1,261 1,240 21
Outbreak related 397 393 4
Under Investigation 139 158 -19
Unknown Source of Infection 1,764 1,729 35
Updated: January 27, 2022, 3:30 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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