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COVID-19: Here's the situation in the Sault today

Police responding to COVID-19 complaints; report suggests colleges, universities could lose big if international student enrolment drops due to pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal ministers took a rare break Saturday, pausing the daily briefings they've been delivering since the pandemic effectively shut down the country in March. 

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam will post online her regular update on the number of Canadians infected with the deadly virus that causes COVID-19 and the number who have died because of it.

In provincial news, Ontario reported more than 500 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, with Ontario labs tesing processing more than 16,000 COVID-19 tests.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and provincial ministers say the province is prepared for spring flooding season

Boots and Hearts and Big Sky country music festivals have been cancelled this summer

In local news, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service have fielded more than 100 COVID-19 complaints since provincial emergency measures went into effect.  

Colleges and universities in northern Ontario could take a massive hit if international enrolment drops due to COVID-19, according to a recent Northern Policy Institute report. 

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health: 

  • 2,262 tested
  • 13 positive
  • 1,872 negative
  • 377 pending
  • 0 deceased
  • 12 resolved

Total confirmed cases by area of residence: 

  • 9 in Sault Ste. Marie and area, with evidence of community spread
  • 1 in central and east Algoma
  • 3 in Elliot Lake and area ***
  • 0 in north Algoma 

*** Three positive cases in Elliot Lake and area have been confirmed by Elliot Lake Family Health Team

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