Novel Coronavirus

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Nouveau coronavirus - en français 

Last Updated: October 19, 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

Get vaccinated at a walk-up 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 


  • Ongoing COVID-19 cases have been reported across Algoma communities in the past 14 days, with evidence of community spread.

  • Variants of concerns (VOCs) are new strains of the COVID-19 virus that spread much more quickly and aggressively. Evidence of COVID-19 variants of concern have been detected in Algoma. All public health measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission continue to apply to these new variants, and need to be applied very rigorously and comprehensively.

  • Ontario moved to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen on July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators.

    Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    General public health measures have been set forth by the province of Ontario, and some of which include:

    • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
    • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
    • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
    • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
    • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
    • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
    • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
    • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits


  • 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

  • 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, and all their household members must also stay home until symptomatic person's test results are available.

      • A person with COVID-19 can spread the virus to others 48 hours before they have any symptoms or know they're sick. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. 
      • Students and young children who go to child care must complete the COVID-19 screening checklist everyday before leaving home for school or day care
      • Adults should also complete the COVID-19 screening checklist before going to work. 

    2. If you are feeling unwell, stay home, do not gather, visit or have close contact with people you don't live with. Carpooling, hanging out on the same couch, sharing a meal around the same table indoors, being close than 2 metres with someone, are all examples of close contact activities. 

    3. Wear a mask or face covering when in any business or place that is open, and in any setting where physical distancing cannot be maintained. This is now mandatory under provincial law.

      • Workers must wear PPE that protects their eyes, nose and mouth if they are providing services with 2 metres of an unmasked client (e.g. personal service settings such as hair and nail salons, food servers).

    4. It is recommended to avoid travel except for essential reasons.
      • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must stay home for 14 days with some exemptions for essential service workers and those who are fully vaccinated. Find out if you can enter Canada by completing a Government of Canada screening tool
      • 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 especially if you are not fully immunized. Although this is not required under the law, it is an additional recommendation to help prevent the spread of the virus in our communities. 
      • A current list of Ontario public health units with high or very high COVID-19 community transmission can be found here

      • Guidance on Cross-Border Travel into Chippewa County, Michigan
        (Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2021)

        Algoma residents who regularly cross the Canada - U.S. border into Sault Ste. Marie and into Chippewa County for essential work should take the following actions even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions. APH acknowledges the challenges faced by essential workers, and is grateful for their role in allowing everyone to continue to receive essential goods and services.  

        • Avoid cross-border travel and use virtual options if possible
        • While in Chippewa County
          • Protect yourself by avoiding crowded indoor spaces and staying 2 metres apart from other people at all times; this is important to do even when wearing a mask
          • Wear a mask or face covering at all times. If your work puts you in contact with other people where you are closer than 2 metres, use PPE to protect yourself (i.e. wear a medical mask and eye protection)
        • Once back in Algoma, follow provincial public health advice for all Ontarians by staying home as much as possible and not having close contact with people you do not live with, especially vulnerable people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
        • If you become sick, isolate away from others and call to get tested for COVID-19

      • 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


NOTE: U.S. Border has not opened to Canadian citizens for discretionary travel at this time

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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