Novel Coronavirus

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Novel Coronavirus

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Last updated: March 28, 2020




Take the Ministry of Health’s Self-Assessment to help determine if you need to seek care.


If you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus contact:


Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 or

Algoma Public Health: 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 


Click here if you require non-medical related assistance in your community.

(i.e. grocery delivery, prescription refills or drop-offs)


Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency 

If you are an employer or general community organization and have questions:

705-942-4646, ext. 3273




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On This Page:


  1. Current situation in Algoma
  2. Up-to-date cases in Ontario
  3. Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and the Community
  4. Assessment Centres
  5. Travel Information
  6. Resources
  7. General Q&A about COVID-19
  8. News Releases (Feb 27 - March 17)

Information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)


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Current Situation in Algoma


  • Algoma Public Health is actively monitoring the situation and providing public health guidance to returning travellers, local health professionals, and local employers. 

  • While the risk to the general public remains low at this time, APH encourages everyone to take preventive measures during the cold and flu season.  



Positive 2
Negative 123
Pending 140








(Updated: March 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m.)

Up-to-date cases in Ontario


Every week day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, the status of cases in Ontario will be updated. 


View up-to-date cases


Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and the Community


Personal Preparedness


  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm running water, or use hand sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand

  • Continue to Self-monitor for symptoms

  • Self-isolate for 14 days upon returning from international travel  

Learn more about personal preparedness


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Social Distancing 


Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.


There is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Algoma. Now is a good time to use social distancing measures.


As March 16, 2020 a statement released from Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario instructed the general public to avoid large gatherings of over 50 people as well as issued additional closures of:


  • All recreational programs and libraries

  • All private schools

  • All daycares

  • All churches and other faith settings

  • All bars and restaurants with the exception of restaurants that can shift to takeout/delivery mechanisms

Following the Premier of Ontario's declaration of an emergency, key establishments are also legally required to close immediately


Learn more about social distancing  

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Guidance for Employers

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs

Guidance for Long Term Care and Retirement Homes


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Assessment Centres in Algoma


Sault Ste. Marie

  • By appointment only. Not everyone who attends the clinic will be swabbed.
  • Individuals meeting the criteria may call the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-759-3434 ext. 7152 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days per week, instead of presenting to SAH’s Emergency Department.
  • The patient must give basic information and will be assessed based on the COVID-19 Assessment Centre’s guidelines established by Ontario Health.

Elliot Lake


  • Call the Family Health Team at 705-461-8882
  • Patient enquires will be screened and telephone interviews will be conducted to determine if a patient should be tested
  • Hours of operation: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm 

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 Travel Information


An official global travel advisory is in effect: all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Check the latest Travel Advice and Advisories and Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice for more information.  

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Returning to Canada


  • Self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada. Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers.

  • Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing. 


If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days: 


  1. Continue to self-isolate yourself from others

  2. Take the Ministry of Health's Self-Assessment to help determine if you need to seek care

  3. Contact Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at: 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404
  • Follow their instructions carefully

  • Describe your symptoms and travel history


For travellers who returned from affected areas or PDAC 2020 Conference click here


Learn more about travel advisories related to COVID-19. 



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Travel Information


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 Provincial Guidance Documents on COVID-19 


 National Guidance Documents on COVID-19 



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