Wednesday, February 17, 2021


 As the Stay at Home order is lifted today (Feb. 16), Algoma reopens in the yellow zone with 12 active cases in the district.

The yellow zone allows certain businesses to open with strict preventative measures in place and gatherings of 10 people are allowed indoors while outdoor gatherings can include up to 25.
Despite the reopening, Algoma Public Health issued a press release last night urging residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others outside their household.
New cases of COVID-19 cases have been reported across the district in the past 14 days with evidence of community spread.
“Due to ongoing risk of transmission, and especially the risk of spread from COVID-19 variants, Ontarians in all zones are still advised to stay home as much as possible, avoid social gatherings, visits or any other close contact with people you do not live with, and avoid travelling between zones except for essential reasons,” said Dr. Jennifer Loo, Medical Officer of Health for Algoma Public Health.
The health unit said that variants of concern (VOCs) are new strains of the COVID-19 virus that spread much more quickly and aggressively. Although VOCs have not yet been detected in Algoma, VOCs have been detected across many regions in Ontario including northern communities.
There have been nine new cases of COVID-19 announced in the last eight days with two of the new cases and one death reported in Elliot Lake.
Algoma Public Health announced two new cases on Feb. 8 including one from Elliot Lake and area and one from Central and East Algoma.
Case 185 and 186 are unknown exposure and both individuals are self-isolating.
On Feb. 9, one new case was reported from Sault Ste. Marie and area. Case 187 was the result of international travel and the individual is self-isolating.
On Feb. 11, APH announced that they were investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases at 100 Warsaw Place in Elliot Lake and recommended that all residents get tested as seven previous cases were all from same apartment complex.
That same day, three new cases were reported from Sault Ste. Marie and area.
Case 188 and 189 are unknown exposure while case 190 is the result of close contact. All new cases are self-isolating.
Three new cases were announced on Feb. 12 with one of the cases associated with the ongoing cluster investigation in Elliot Lake. The other two cases included one in Central and East Algoma and one in North Algoma.
Case 191 is the result of close contact and is already recovered. Case 192 is unknown exposure while case 193 is close contact and both are self-isolating.
Elliot Lake’s first death from COVID-19 was reported on Feb. 15 by St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake (SJGHEL) and Algoma Public Health.
As of Feb. 16, there were 12 active cases in Algoma including one hospitalization. A total of 181 out of the 193 cases have been resolved and that number includes three deaths.