Novel Coronavirus

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Nouveau coronavirus - en français 

Last Updated: December 1, 2021

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

Current Status: Step 3 of 3 (Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen)


Ontario is currently in Step 3 of Ontario's Three-Step Roadmap to Reopen. This three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators. 

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.


Vaccine Clinics in Algoma

Whether 1, 2, or 3rd dose; find a vaccine clinic near you.


Where to get COVID-19 testing in Algoma

Locate assessment centres and asymptomatic testing options. 


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. Access your COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Toolkit here. 


Indigenous Health & COVID-19 

We provide services in partnership with First Nations and Métis leaders for Indigenous community members living in urban and rural communities, and acknowledges the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being in Algoma, and across Turtle Island. 


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 


Travel Information

Get familiar with the state of travel before head out. Plan ahead. 


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 


  • The provincial plan includes a timeline for lifting public health measures from fall 2021 through to spring 2022, and begins with lifting capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The timeline will be reviewed based on key pandemic indicators including case counts and ICU capacity. 
  • On Oct 22, 2021, the provincial government released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term
  • Actions to Protect Yourself, Your Household, and Your Workplace


    1. Anyone who is sick, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and isolate away from othersregardless of whether you have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment every day before work and complete the school screening tool before school or child care.
    • Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate at home until results are available.
    • Household members who are not fully immunized must also stay home until the symptomatic person's test results are available.
    • Isolation means you must stay home and not go to work or school.  Do not gather, visit, or have visitors or playdates while you are isolating.


    2. Cut back on unnecessary activities where you have unmasked, face-to-face close contact with people you don't live with.  Do this even if you are fully immunized, and especially if you have vulnerable health conditions or are not fully immunized.

    • Spending time indoors with other people without masks is a higher risk activity, especially if not everyone is fully immunized.  Examples include play dates, sharing meals together, and certain group sports and recreational activities.  To lower your risk at this time, only participate in these types of activities that are most important and essential; do these activities less often, with fewer people, for shorter periods of time, and outdoors if possible.
    • Stay masked and physically distanced when outside of home as much as possible, to avoid unnecessary exposure.  This is especially important while at work or school to help prevent outbreaks in these essential settings.
      • Health professionals and other workers who provide services within 2 metres of an unmasked client (e.g. food servers, workers in personal service settings like hair and nail salons) should wear PPE that protects your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Pause or postpone non-essential gatherings until community transmission is lower.  
      • Remember: a person infected with COVID-19 can spread the virus to others 48 hours before they feel sick. Although fully immunized people are at lower risk of severe disease, they can still get COVID-19 and spread the virus to others.


    3. Get your COVID-19 vaccine

      • Everyone turning 12 or older in 2021 is eligible to get fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine.  
      • Many people are also now eligible for a third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including people aged 70 and over, health care workers, and people who are Indigenous.
      • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11, which is currently being reviewed by Health Canada for approval
    • Protect your workplace by putting a workplace vaccine policy in place.  Use APH's COVID-19 vaccine policy toolkit for workplaces to learn more.
    • If you have questions or want to talk to someone about the COVID-19 vaccine, use the free resources below:
      • Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre – 1-833-943-3900
      • Sick Kids COVID-19 Consult Service:  Free phone consult service available to children and parents or guardians to answer questions about your specific situation and the COVID-19 vaccines. Book online or by phone.
      • VaxFacts: Free virtual consultation with a physician to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Open to all Ontario residents
      • Health Canada

  • Starting September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination by way of a vaccine certificate along with photo ID will be required at the following higher-risk indoor public settings:

    • Restaurants and bars
    • Nightclubs and casinos
    • Meeting and event spaces
    • Gyms, fitness and recreational facilities
    • Sporting events
    • Concerts, music festivals, theatres, and cinemas
    • Racing venues


  • Effective December 11, 2020 - individuals requesting a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance are not eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test in Ontario. Northstream Rapid Labs in Sault Ste. Marie offers testing for international travel purposes. Neomo also offers testing services for international travellers, they are located out of Sudbury. People who live outside the area consider travelling in advance to the GTA to complete a Fly Clear Test. Turnaround time for results is 24-48 hours. Online booking is available. 

  • Mandatory Testing of Travelers - to address the risk associated with variants of concern to the health of Ontarians, the Chief Medical Officer of health is issuing a Section 22 order under Section 77.1 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. For all travelers entering Canada regardless of vaccination status, a PCR or other accepted test (not antigen) must post a negative test result 72 hrs prior to planned entry into Canada is required. This test requirement also applies to those flying into Canada, a negative test result is needed 72 hrs prior to scheduled flight. Those who are fully vaccinated Canadian citizens/residents & US citizens/residents are exempt from Day 1 home test kits upon arrival into Canada unless they are randomly selected at the border to do one. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you will be provided Day 1 and Day 8 home test kits at the border to complete during your 14 day quarantine. Learn more 

  • Driving to Canada - as of 12:01 am EST, August 9, 2021 

    Fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States (U.S.) will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential purposes.


    Unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age who enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors, are not required to quarantine upon entering Canada if both the child and the parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors, meet certain requirements in the Order and comply with the conditions imposed on them by the Minister of Health.


    Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling to the United States for less than 72 hours are allowed to do their pre-entry molecular test before they leave Canada, however, cannot be done at a publicly funded facility (ie CAC).


    Travellers entering Canada must use the ArriveCAN app to enter proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information. If required information not uploaded in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border, traveller won't be considered for the exemption, even if all the other requirements met.


    Fully immunized persons may be randomly selected at the border to get a take home day 1 test kit. Those who are not fully immunized receive days 1 & 8.  Testing is NOT conducted at the Sault Ste. Marie  land border 

  • Canadian border open to all discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine - as of 12:01 am EST, September 7, 2021

  • More information on border reopening can be found here


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Where to get COVID-19 testing in Algoma

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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


Where do I go for asymptomatic testing? Find a pharmacy near you


Sault Ste. Marie


Sault Area Hospital


Type: Assessment Centre

Hours: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm, 7 days a week


Contact: (705) 759-3434 ext. 7152


Book Online Now!: COVID Assessment Centre (CAC) 



  • Ages 2 years and up accepted
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app
  • Residents or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit
  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care
  • 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


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 - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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



Options for Asymptomatic Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19



Pharmacies By Region



Northstream Rapid Labs


Call: 807-630-4446



  • Antigen - $59
  • PCR - $349
  • NAAT - $159