Novel Coronavirus

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Nouveau coronavirus - en français 

Last Updated: December 4, 2020 

Get the latest on testing, the current situation in Algoma, public health guidance, and what you need to know

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

If you are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 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


Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency   


General COVID-19 Information

Want to know more about COVID-19? Start here, with these reliable sources. 


Current Situation in Algoma

Get to know what is happening across the district


Status of Cases in Algoma

The status of COVID-19 cases here in Algoma.


Where to get COVID-19 testing in Algoma

Have symptoms of COVID-19? Get tested.  


COVID-19: Test Results

Get the results of your COVID-19 test here.


Understanding Case Contact Management

Get to know what contact tracing means and it's role in limiting the spread of COVID-19.


Face Coverings

Working together with physical distancing and handwashing; face coverings provide an added layer of defense against COVID-19.


COVID-19: Safety at Work

Providing guidance for employers and staff in a safe return to work.


COVID-19: Safe Return to School

Protecting our schools by working with local school boards to implement provincial standards and guidance to support students and staff 


COVID-19: Socialize Safely

Familiarize yourself with gathering limits, and what you can do to socialize safely


COVID-19 Advice: Religious Services, Rites and Ceremonies

Support for community faith leaders and organizers of religious rites or ceremonies for safer events


Organized Sports During COVID-19 

For organized sports and leagues that are planning their season or are currently underway. 


Community Assistance

Stay up to date on the latest community and health care supports that are available in your area.


Travel Information

An official global travel advisory is in effect: all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. 


Contact Us

Have questions? We got answers. Speak to one of our helpful COVID-19 team members today.



General COVID-19 Information


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 take the following actions
    1. Anyone who is ill, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate away from others
    1. Do not have close contact with others outside the immediate household of people you live with. 
      • If you live alone, you may consider having close contact with another person or household for essential support and wellbeing.  The fewer close contacts, the lower the risk.
      • By law, indoor private gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less - the fewer the people, the lower the risk.
      • When socializing with non-household friends and relatives, practice physical distancing and stay 2 metres apart from one another at all times - the further apart, the lower the risk.
      • Carpooling, hanging out on the same couch, or sharing a meal around the kitchen table are all examples of close contact activities.  Only do these things with people in your immediate household.



4. If you have traveled outside of Canada, you 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. 
        • A current list of Ontario public health units with high or very high COVID-19 community transmission (orange, red or grey/lockdown) can be found here
      • *December 2, 2020: Special Advisory for Chippewa County, MichiganDue to ongoing high COVID-19 activity throughout November in Chippewa County, Michigan, Algoma Public Health (APH) is extending a special advisory for Algoma residents who regularly cross the Canada-US border into Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and into Chippewa County for work. Even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions: Full details of this advisory are available here.
      • 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 

5. Wear a mask or face covering in all public indoor settings. This is now mandatory by law province-wide. To protect one another, you should also wear a mask or face covering in any setting where you cannot stay at least 2 metres apart from another person who is not a member of your household. Your mask must cover your mouth, nose and chin without any gaps.  



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Where to get COVID-19 testing in Algoma

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Ontario Testing Guidelines


The Ontario Government has updated testing guidelines for COVID-19 to ensure those who are at greatest risk are tested.

Those who should get tested are:

  1. Showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  2. Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by APH or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  3. You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by APH
  4. Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ontario Ministry of Health

Sault Ste. Marie


Sault Area Hospital


Type: Assessment Centre

Hours: 8 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week

Contact: (705) 759-3434 ext. 7152



  • 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


Second location to get test for COVID-19:


West-End Testing Centre


658 Second Line

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

P6C 2K9


Type: Alternate testing location

Hours: 9 am - 3pm



  • Drop-ins are accepted 
  • The West End Testing Site is a walk-in clinic with a specific focus on COVID assessment and testing and those without OHIP coverage may be subject to a small fee for the physician assessment.


Book your appointment HERE!



Elliot Lake


Elliot Lake Family Health Team


Type: Assessment Centre

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

Contact: (705) 461-8882



Ages 2 years and up accepted


Type: Assessment Centre
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

  • 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


Type: Assessment Centre

Hours: 8 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week

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



  • Ages 2 years and up accepted 


Type: Assessment Centre
Hours: 8 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week
Contact: 1-888-425-0321 or 705-356-2265 ext. 2662
  • Ages 2 years and up accepted