Novel Coronavirus

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Last Updated: September 18, 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 

Hours of operation - Monday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

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 

At home with children: wellness during COVID-19

Whether you are at home caring for children or at home balancing work and child care we have some strategies to help. 

 

Call: 705-541-7101 or 1-888-537-5741

 

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


Call:    
705-942-4646, ext. 3273
Email: healthyworkplaces@algomapublichealth.com 
 

 

 

 

 On This Page:    

1. Current situation in Algoma
2. Status of cases in the Algoma district
3. Your COVID-19 Test Results
4. Face Covering (non-medical mask)
5. Ontario COVID-19 Daily Summary
6. Public health case contact management
7. Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and the Community

8. Assessment Centres
9. COVID-19 Safety at Work
10. Community Assistance
11. Travel Information
12. Resources
13. General Q&A about COVID-19
14. News Releases & Public Service Announcements

 

Information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) 

 

Misinformation about health issues can be harmful. Get your information about the coronavirus outbreak from current and reliable sources.    

 

 

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  Current Situation in Algoma  

  

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

  • There is an ongoing risk of contracting COVID-19 in our local communities. In order to prevent uncontrolled person-to-person spread in our communities, every Algoma resident must keep doing the following actions, which have helped to flatten the curve so far:
     
    1. Every single person must practice physical distancing.  Avoid close contact with those outside of your social circle and stay 2 metres apart from those outside of this social circle at all times.

    2. Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home.  If you have symptoms and are worried that you may have contracted COVID-19, please call your local assessment centre to see if you should get tested.

    3. All returning international travellers must stay home for 14 days.  This is a mandatory requirement from the Government of Canada’s emergency order under the Quarantine Act.  
       
      • If you have recently been in close contact with other people in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, whether in an Algoma community, or another Ontario or Canadian community, Algoma Public Health also recommends that you stay home for 14 days.  Although this is not required under the law, it is an additional recommendation to help prevent spread of the virus in our communities. 
      • Algoma residents and employers who have questions about a specific exposure risk may contact APH for further guidance. Please call 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 

    4. Effective July 17th, all persons in an enclosed public setting will be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gaping. 

 

  •  Effective July 17th, 2020 Ontario has increased the limit on social gatherings to the following as part of Stage 3 - A Framework for Reopening our Province.
    • Indoor gatherings limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people; 
    • Outdoor gatherings limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people; 
    • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). All orders under the ROA have been extended to September 22, 2020, with the following exceptions:

 

   The following orders under the ROA have been extended until September 22, 2020.  

 

View status of cases in the Algoma district    

 

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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   
  • Wear a non-medical mask in enclosed public spaces as issued in the instructions by the Medical Officer of Health (effective: July 17, 2020)
  • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 to stay home and self-isolate 

 

Protecting the Community 

 

We have 5 main messages for our 21 communities across Algoma. 

 

  1. Practice physical distancing 
  2. Limit/know and track your close contacts
  3. If you feel sick, stay home
  4. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
  5. Wear a mask in enclosed public space

Feel free to print and post these posters in your community.   

 

Physical (Social) Distancing  

 

Physical 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.  

 

Learn more about physical (social) distancing.    

 

Socializing Safely  

 

If you are planning to host or attend a social gathering read our Socializing Safely during COVID-19 info package and learn how to be a safe and responsible host or guest before, during, and after the event. 

 

Learn to socialize safely while hosting a gathering indoors

Learn to socialize safely while hosting a gathering outdoors

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Assessment Centres in Algoma  

ASSESSMENT CENTRE FORM: Reporting COVID-19 to APH form   

 

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Area Hospital

 

165 Drive In Road 

 Sault Ste. Marie, ON 

 P6B 5X5  

 

Hours: 8 am - 10 pm, 7 days a week 

Contact: (705) 759-3434 ext. 7152 

 

Details:  

  • Ages 2 years and up accepted
  • By appointment only. Not everyone who attends the clinic will be tested.
  • Individuals with symptoms can call the COVID-19 Assessment Centre instead of presenting to SAH’s Emergency Department.
  • Drive-up appointments are now available on-site, call the appointment line for more information  

 

Elliot Lake

Elliot Lake Family Health Team 

 

31 Nova Scotia Walk 

Elliot Lake, ON 

P5A 1Y9 

 

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm 

Contact: (705) 461-8882  

 

Details: 

  • Ages 2 years and up accepted  

 

Wawa

Lady Dunn Health Centre

 

17 Government Road 

Wawa, ON 

 

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
              Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm (starting September 21, 2020)

Contact: (705) 914-1114

 

Details: 

  • By appointment only.
  • Ages 2 years and up accepted 

Services: Dubreuilville, Hawk Junction, Michipicoten First Nation, Missanabie, Wawa, and White River    

 

 

Blind River & Thessalon

North Shore Health Network 

 

Blind River

 

525 Causley St. 

Blind River, ON 

P0R 1B0 

 

Hours: 8 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week  

Contact: 1-888-425-0321 or 705-356-2265 ext. 2661

 

Details: 

  • Ages 2 years and up accepted 

Thessalon  

 

135 Dawson St. 

Thessalon, ON  

P0R 1L0  

 

Hours: 8 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week 

Contact: 1-888-425-0321 or 705-356-2265 ext. 2662   

 

Details: 

  • Ages 2 years and up accepted  

 

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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. 

 

Learn more  

 

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   

 Learn more about travel advisories related to COVID-19.  

 

Travel within Algoma, Ontario or Canada 

 

  • If you have recently been in close contact with other people in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, whether in an Algoma community, or another Ontario or Canadian community, Algoma Public Health also recommends that you stay home for 14 days.  Although this is not required under the law, it is an additional recommendation to help prevent spread of the virus in our communities. 

  • Algoma residents and employers who have questions about a specific exposure risk may contact APH for further guidance. Please call 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 

 

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Provincial Guidance Documents on COVID-19  

 

 

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