APH reports three new cases and potential exposure on flight Saturday

Algoma Public Health (APH) reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, all from Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area. The current number of active cases has risen to 58 with two hospitalizations.

Additionally, APH warns the public of possible exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who traveled on the following Air Canada flight on November 4, 2021.

  • Air Canada, flight AC 8201 from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Passengers seated in rows 8-18 and the flight crew serving those rows should contact their local health authority for more information.
Actions to be taken:

Everyone who has flown on this flight is asked to follow the public health instructions:

All close contacts were notified through contact tracing.

Confirmed Case Details:
  • Case # 564 – Cause of international travel after testing on Nov 5, 202
  • Case # 565 – cause of exposure unknown after testing on November 5, 202
  • Case # 566 – Cause of close contact exposure after testing on Nov 6, 202
Status of the cases in Algoma:
Checked Confirmed

For now
taken to the hospital

176,807 566 58 2 508 8th
Updated: November 6, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Check out the current situation in Algoma and the updated status of the cases in Algoma.

The Algoma regions with reported COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days include:
  • Sault St. Marie and surroundings
  • Northern algoma

Unknown exposure means that the individual has not had recent international travel or close contact with a known confirmed case. How the person acquired the virus is not known.

Close contact means that the person acquired their infection through close contact with a known confirmed case. For example, cohabiting with a case or spending more than 15 minutes with a case less than 2 meters away are considered high-risk, close-contact exposures.

International travel means the person acquired their infection from traveling outside of Canada.

Critical Actions:
  • Anyone who has even mild symptoms must stay at home and isolate themselves from others.
  • As of September 22, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination in order to access certain indoor shops and facilities. At covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination you can find out where to show proof of vaccination and how to obtain and use your vaccination card
  • Ontario is currently in Step 3 of Ontario’s three-step roadmap to reopen. This three-tier plan for the safe and gradual phasing out of public health measures is based on ongoing advances in provincial vaccination rates and improvements in key public health and health indicators.
  • If you are considering going to a private gathering, indoors or outdoors, the Health Canada Authority (Healthy Canadians) has published recommendations on things to be aware of. If you are out in public, e.g. For example, in the workplace, on public transport, and in stores, continue to follow public health guidelines that are in place to minimize the risk of spread. Wear your mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands.
  • Whether 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.
  • Beginning October 2, 2020, the mandatory masking policy has been extended to all of Ontario for all indoor areas across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces.
Vaccination status of the cases

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

For more information on vaccine effectiveness and how to report case numbers, please see our Infographic on Vaccine Effectiveness: Beyond Case Numbers.

VOC updates:

VOCs continue to circulate in Algoma. VOCs are of concern because, depending on the type of mutations present, they can spread more aggressively, cause more serious illness, or make the vaccine less effective. Additional laboratory test results have found the following VOCs in Algoma:

  • B.1.1.7 (Alpha), first discovered in Great Britain
  • B. 1.617.2 (Delta), first discovered in India
  • P.1 (Gamma), first detected in Brazil

Since July 2021, the predominant strain of COVID-19 in Algoma has been the delta variant (B.1.617.2). Public Health Ontario estimates that by the first week of September 2021, the majority (93.3%) of COVID-19 cases in Ontario had a mutation profile (N501Y- & E484K-) that matched the Delta variant. For more information on VOC monitoring in Ontario, please visit Public Health Ontario’s VOC Monitoring page.

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