Infectious Diseases

Algoma Public Health

Current Status (COVID-19)

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Effective December 31st, 2021, the province has prioritized eligibility for COVID-19 PCR testing so that it is limited to the highest risk populations.  Some people with mild or asymptomatic infection may not be eligible for testing.  Therefore, the numbers of confirmed cases are an underestimate of the actual number of people with COVID-19 in the Algoma region.


Effective March 1st, 2022, this page will be updated Monday to Friday by 3:30 pm, except on statutory holidays.




On This Page:



  1.  Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Algoma
  2.  Confirmed Cases by Area of Residence
  3.  Weekly Case Count
  4.  COVID-19 Related Hospitalization in Algoma
  5.  Wastewater Surveillance
  6.  Variants of Concern (VOC) Update
  7.  Immunization Status of Cases
  8.  Outbreak Activity
  9.  Weekly Incidence
  10.  Weekly Percent Positivity
  11.  COVID-19 Testing Volumes in Algoma
  12.  COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario
  13.  COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan 


Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Algoma


Updated by 3:30 PM EST (Monday - Friday)



  Current Previous Change from previous report





Confirmed Cases

8,377 8,368 9

Confirmed Cases in 2022

6,173 6,164 9

Active cases

146 157 -11


8,231 8,211 20


55 54 1

Deceased in 2022

34 33 1
Updated: May 18, 2022, 2:30 PM




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Confirmed Cases by Type of Exposure


Confirmed cases by exposure type are no longer being updated as they cannot be estimated based on current case management guidance.


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Cases by Area of Residence


Updated by 3:30 PM EST (Monday - Friday) 



Algoma Region

Current Previous Change from previous report

Central & East Algoma

850 848 2
Elliot Lake & Area 452 449 3
North Algoma 292 292 0
Sault Ste. Marie & Area 6,783 6,779 4
  Updated:  May 18, 2022, 2:30 PM



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Weekly Case Count


 Updated Monday - Friday by 3:30 PM EST


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COVID-19 Related Hospitalization in Algoma

Due to a lag in reporting for hospitalizations and ICU over the weekend, Mondays data for hospitalizations and ICU will include data reported from the previous Thursday.

Updated by 3:30 pm EST (Monday - Friday)


  Current Previous Change from Previous Report
Hospitalized Patients with confirmed COVID-19 22 21 1
  • Patients admitted for COVID-19 related reasons
4 2 2
ICU Patients with confirmed COVID-19 3 3 0
  • ICU patients admitted for COVID-19 related reasons
1 1 0
Updated: May 18, 2022, 2:30 pm







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COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance

Algoma Public Health participates in the Ontario Wastewater Surveillance Initiative, which is coordinated and hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Wastewater surveillance involves measuring the amount of virus in wastewater by collecting samples from wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations. These findings can provide a pooled estimate of COVID-19 infection trends in the community.


For those with an active COVID-19 infection, the virus is shed through their stools whether an individual is symptomatic or asymptomatic. The amount of the virus shed can vary by individuals in addition to the individuals’ stage of illness, with progression from pre-symptomatic stage through to recovery. Additionally, with current limitations in PCR testing eligibility, wastewater data will include COVID-19 infections that are not lab-confirmed cases. Researchers can use the trends in the viral loads in wastewater along with other indicators (ie. hospitalizations, ICU counts, and mortality) to make informed decisions about potential interventions.

Algoma Wastewater Surveillance Results - Sault Ste. Marie East End Wastewater Treating Plant


Data from November 1, 2021 – May 11, 2022

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PUC Services Inc. collects the wastewater samples from the Sault Ste. Marie East End Wastewater Treatment Plant, approximately three times a week. The Sault Ste. Marie East End Wastewater Treatment Plant serves about 52 000 people. The samples are analyzed at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury. The results cannot be extrapolated to areas outside of the area served by the wastewater treatment plant.


The Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) tests for SARS-CoV-2 genome regions called N1 and N2, in concentrated untreated wastewater extracts. The proportion of the wastewater from humans and the proportion that is rain water, snowmelt etc., can fluctuate. Researchers use viral copy data to be normalized using a seasonally stable fecal biomarker; called Pepper Mild Mottle Virus (PMMoV). Data is extracted from Ontario’s Wastewater Surveillance Data and Visualization Hub. The data in the graph is the biomarker-normalized mean of N1N2. A 7-day moving average is used to smoothen out the data.


This information should be interpreted cautiously, particularly when interpreting daily and short-term variation in viral signal results. Trends in case counts and wastewater can inform public health recommendations, however due to the limited eligibility of PCR testing, this data is not fully reflective of true case counts. At this time, due to a limited sample size, the wastewater data does not correlate with hospitalizations and mortality in Algoma.


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Variants of Concern (VOC) Update


VOCs continue to circulate in Algoma. VOCs are concerning because, depending on what type of mutations are present, they may spread more aggressively, lead to more severe disease, or have reduced vaccine efficacyThroughout the pandemic, results from additional laboratory testing have detected the following VOCs in Algoma:

  • B.1.1.7 (Alpha), first detected in the UK
  • B.1.617.2 (Delta), first detected in India
  • P.1 (Gamma), first detected in Brazil
  • B.1.1.529 (Omicron), first detected in South Africa
Currently, all cases of COVID-19 in Algoma are the Omicron variant. The predominant sub-variant of COVID-19 in Algoma is the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant. 

For more information about VOC surveillance in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario's VOC Surveillance page.

For more information from the Government of Canada, visit their 
COVID-19 daily epidemiological update.


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Immunization Status of Cases

Hospitalizations and case counts by vaccination status in Ontario can be found on the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccinations Data. This page is typically updated daily. 


In addition, you can learn more about vaccine effectiveness and interpreting these case counts with our Beyond the Case Number infographic.  For further resources you are encouraged to also visit the Ontario Science Table Dashboard.



Beyond the Case Number

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Outbreak Activity



Complete list of outbreak activity in Algoma. 




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Weekly Incidence 


Updated by 3:30 pm EST Wednesdays 



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Weekly Percent Positivity 


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COVID-19 Testing Volumes in Algoma


Updated by 3:30 pm EST Wednesdays 


Algoma Overall



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Sault Ste. Marie and area



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Elliot Lake and area




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Central and East Algoma



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North Algoma



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COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario 




Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Cumulative Deaths

Algoma Public Health 122.3 54 --
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 73.2 37 Learn More
Northwestern Health Unit 222.4 21 Learn More
Porcupine Health Unit 113.8 62 Learn More
Public Health Sudbury and Districts 118.1 143 Learn More
Thunder Bay District Health Unit 202 91 Learn More
Timiskaming Health Unit 107.9 21 Learn More
Updated: May 18, 2022

*only includes confirmed cases


 NOTE: Incidence rates and death counts are 2 days behind.


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COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan


For information on COVID-19 in Chippewa County visit the Chippewa County Health Department website.


For information on COVID-19 in all Michigan counties visit the Michigan State Coronavirus Data website.


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  • Ontario Laboratory Information Systems (OLIS), Ontario Ministry of Health, 2022
  • Ontario Case and Contact Management tool (CCM), Ontario Ministry of Health, 2022
  • CPAD Visual Analytics Hub, COVID-19 Regional Hospitals Dashboard, Ontario Ministry of Health, 2022.
  • CPAD Visual Analytics Hub, COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Dashboard, Ontario Ministry of Health, 2022