Novel Coronavirus

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Last Updated: June 4, 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: 

705-942-4646, ext. 3273






On This Page: 


  1. Current situation in Algoma
  2. View status of cases in the Algoma district
  3. Have you been tested for COVID-19? Check your lab results
  4. Face covering (non-medical mask)
  5. Up-to-date cases in Ontario
  6. Public health case & contact follow-up and notification
  7. Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and the Community
  8. Assessment Centres
  9. Community Assistance
  10. Travel Information
  11. Resources
  12. General Q&A about COVID-19
  13. 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 immediate families and stay 2 metres apart from other people 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 


  • As of March 28, Ontario has banned gatherings of more than 5 people with strict exceptions.

  • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is also recommending that, in general, everyone should stay home except for essential reasons.

  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until June 30, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings. View the complete list of what the emergency orders include.  


View status of cases in the Algoma district 


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Up-to-date cases in Ontario


Ontario continues to provide a more detailed summary of COVID-19 cases in the province that will be updated each day at 10:30 a.m. 


View up-to-date cases 


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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   
  • You can choose to wear a non-medical mask for short periods of time when physical distancing is not possible in public
  • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 to stay home and self-isolate

 Learn more about personal preparedness 


Click here for downloadable content    


Protecting the Community


We have 3 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

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.   



Physical Activity during COVID-19

If you are self-isolating, ill or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 you must stay home. 


Learn more about activities and strategies for staying active indoors and out. 



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 tested.
  • 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. 
  • Drive-up appointments are now available on-site, call the appointment line for more information


Elliot Lake 


  • Call the Family Health Team at 705-461-8882
  • Patient inquires will be screened and telephone interviews will be conducted to determine if a patient should be tested  



  • By appointment only.
  • In order to receive an appointment, please call: 705-856-2244 ext. 244 or 705-856-2244 ext. 246 the patient will be screened and a telephone interview will be conducted to determine if testing is required.
  • Hours of operation: Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), closed for lunch from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Closed - statutory holidays


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


Blind River & Thessalon
(North Shore Health Network)


*Once you submit the form, you can expect to be contacted by the assessment centre through a telephone conversation within 48 hours

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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 


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


Learn more about travel advisories related to COVID-19. 




(Links & Downloadable Content) 


Travel Information 


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Provincial Guidance Documents on COVID-19 




 National Guidance Documents on COVID-19 



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