Algoma Public Health reporting 58 new cases and increase to active count on Thursday

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COVID-19 Algoma

On Thursday, Algoma Public Health (APH) is reporting 58 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The report also showed an increase of 11 in the number of cases categorized as active bringing that total to 601, with 3 of those confirmed as being from outside of the district.  The number of individuals receiving care in the hospitals remained the same at 11.  This update is provided as a result of 298 tests having been administered.

Of the new cases, 42 were found in Sault Ste. Marie and area, 2 were located in Central and East Algoma, 2 were confirmed in Elliot Lake and area, with the remaining 12 being allocated to North Algoma.

Status of Cases in Algoma:
Current Previous Change from previous report

Confirmed cases

4,976 4,918 58

Active cases

601(3) 590(2) 11

Currently hospitalized

 11 11 0

Resolved

 4,375 4,328 47

Deceased

 30 30 0

Tested

237,224 236,926 298
Updated: February 24, 2022, 2:40 PM
Confirmed Cases by Exposure Type
Type of Exposure Current Previous Change from previous report
Close contact of a confirmed case 1,562 1,552 10
Outbreak related 618 605 13
Under Investigation 99 102 -3
Unknown Source of Infection 2,697 2,659 38
Updated:  February 24, 2022, 2:40 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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