Infectious Diseases

Algoma Public Health

Current Status (COVID-19)

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To protect the identity of individuals and to comply with privacy law, Algoma Public Health does not disclose the municipality where a person lives in combination with other personal information. Where there are important exposures identified that affect the general public, Algoma Public Health provides time and location details of possible exposures. 

 

 

On This Page:

 

  1.  Status of Cases in Algoma
  2.  Weekly Case Count
  3.  Outbreak Activity
  4.  Weekly Incidence
  5.  Weekly Percent Positivity
  6.  COVID-19 Testing Volumes in Algoma
  7.  Algoma Cases by Area of Residence
  8.  COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario
  9.  COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan 

 

Status of cases in Algoma

 

Tested (1)  Confirmed
cases (2)
Active
cases

Currently

hospitalized

Resolved
cases (3)
Deceased
172,404 503 24 0 479 8
Updated: October 24, 2021, 4:00 PM

 

 

 

(1) That Algoma Public Health is aware of. The number tested is updated on Monday & Wednesday. 

 

(2) Algoma residents who have confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The number in brackets are active cases in non-Algoma residents who are temporarily in Algoma.  These cases are not counted as part of Algoma’s confirmed case count.  APH conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases within Algoma.

(3) Patient tested positive but is resolved according to current public health criteria. This number includes any persons who are deceased.

  • These data sets are preliminary and subject to change, pending further review.
  • Confirmed positives will be reported as soon as publicly available.  

 

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 efficacy. 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

Since July 2021 the predominant strain of COVID-19 present in Algoma has been the Delta Variant (B.1.617.2).

Public Health Ontario estimates that in the first week of September, 2021 the majority (93.3%) of COVID-19 cases in Ontario had a mutation profile (N501Y- & E484K-) consistent with the Delta Variant. For more information about VOC surveillance in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario's VOC Surveillance page.

 

Immunization Status of Cases

Between July 1, 2021 – October 20th, 2021 there were 86 cases of COVID-19 reported in Algoma. Of these, 19 cases (22.1%) were in fully vaccinated individuals and 67 cases (77.9%) were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.

 

For more information about vaccine effectiveness and the reporting of case numbers, check out our infographic Vaccine Effectiveness: Beyond the case numbers.

 

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Weekly Case Count

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Episode date is intended to approximate symptom onset date.  It is calculated based on the date of symptom onset, specimen collection/test date, or the date reported to public health.

 

  • To view epidemiologic trends and case break down by demographic factors such as age and sex, visit Public Health Ontario’s COVID-19 Data Tool.  This tool allows you to view COVID-19 data for Ontario overall, as well as for an individual public health unit.

  • The province of Ontario also publishes a daily epidemiologic summary report, accessible here, which provides provincial and regional data on confirmed cases, demographics and trends of cases since the outbreak began including geography, exposure and severity. 

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Outbreak Activity

 

Confirmed institutional outbreaks Active Resolved
7 0 7
Updated: June 2, 2021


Complete list of outbreak activity in Algoma. 

 

 

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Weekly Incidence 

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Weekly Percent Positivity 

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COVID-19 Testing Volumes in Algoma


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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Algoma Cases by Area of Residence

 

Region

Recent COVID-19 cases Presence of Variants of Concern (VOCs) Public health measures

Algoma

Yes Yes  

Protect yourself and others

 

  • If you are considering going to a private gathering, indoor or outside, the Public Health Agency of Canada (Healthy Canadians) has released recommendations on things to keep in mind. https://bit.ly/3BaAFKr
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public places.
  • Regardless if you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated, if you are sick or have symptoms, you should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
Central and
East Algoma 

No

Yes

 Elliot Lake
and area

No

Yes

 North Algoma Yes Yes
 Sault Ste. Marie
and area
Yes Yes
  Updated:  October 24, 2021, 4:00 PM

 

 

Algoma Region

Any residents who have tested positive for COVID-19? Any evidence of local community spread?
(since August 2020 - 
Algoma's second wave)

Central & East Algoma

Yes (55) Yes
Elliot Lake & Area Yes (33) Yes
North Algoma Yes (16) Yes
 Sault Ste. Marie &  Area Yes (399) Yes
  Updated: October 24, 2021, 4:00 PM


Note: The following describes the municipalities and First Nation communities included in each Algoma sub-region.  This is not an exhaustive listing of geographic places within Algoma.

 

Central & East Algoma includes: Blind River, Bruce Mines, Hilton, Hilton Beach, Huron Shores, Jocelyn, Johnson, Mississauga First Nation, Plummer Additional, St. Joseph, Tarbutt and Tarbutt Additional, The North Shore, Thessalon, Thessalon First Nation

 

Elliot Lake & Area includes: Elliot Lake, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Serpent River First Nation, Spanish

 

North Algoma includes: Dubreuilville, Michipicoten First Nation, Missinabie Cree First Nation, Wawa, White River

 

Sault Ste. Marie & Area includes: Aweres, Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, Goulais River, Heyden, Laird, Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional, Prince, Sault Ste. Marie 

 

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COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario 

 

Region

Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Algoma Public Health 4.4
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 4.6
Northwestern Health Unit 5.7
Porcupine Health Unit 6.0
Sudbury & District Health Unit 23.6
Thunder Bay District Health Unit 2.7
Timiskaming Health Unit 9.2
Week of: October 12 - October 18, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases


For more up-to-date information about COVID-19 activity in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario's COVID-19 data tool or read the daily epidemiological summary for Ontario

Avoiding non-essential travel is the best way to reduce the risk of exposure. For essential travel, use this checklist to help you plan to be safe while you are away and when you return home.  

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COVID-19 Activity in Northern Michigan

 

Region

Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Upper Peninsula
153.9
Chippewa County 50.9
Mackinaw County 241.0
Week of: October 12 - October 18, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases


For detailed up-to-date information about COVID-19 activity in Michigan, visit the State of Michigan's COVID-19 data webpage.

 

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