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

Two new cases reported in Algoma last week, but none today

The province has reported a surge of new COVID-19 cases today.

After weeks of new cases ranging between 102 and 170 per day, Public Health Ontario is now reporting 203 new cases today, the highest daily increase logged this month.

After an uptick of cases reported over the weekend, Public Health Ontario reported 135 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Here in the Sault, Algoma Public Health (APH) reported two new case of the novel coronavirus on Thursday and Friday, bringing the region's total to 27.

These mark the region's two active cases that the health unit is aware of.

There are currently almost 1,300 pending cases in Algoma.

Here's the latest local, provincial, and federal news regarding COVID-19 cases and funding that you need to know:

No new cases in Algoma region today

Last week, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Algoma region. 

Exposure is unknown in the first case, while the second is suspected to have contracted the virus from the other confirmed case.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health, updated at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday: 

  • 18,438 tested
  • 27 positive
  • 17,118 negative
  • 1,293 pending
  • 0 deceased
  • 25 resolved

Total confirmed cases by area of residence: 

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

Public washrooms, visitor centres reopen at local Parks Canada sites

Parks Canada has announced that more services are now available at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.

Visitors can now access the Visitor Centre and gift shop, trails, grounds and picnic areas, interpretive programs and site tours (with some limitations), and public washrooms.

George Leach Centre not reopening yet

The George Leach Centre (GLC) announced on Monday afternoon it has no set date to reopen its doors.

A media advisory stated, "The GLC team is working to finalize the steps required to ensure everyone's health and safety once operations resume within Phase 3 guidelines." 

Butterfly Release Day not happening this year

ARCH is one of many non-profits feeling the strain from COVID-19.

ARCH had to cancel their largest annual fundraiser, the Bucket List Ball, a very large gala in May, an they've now had to cancel their annual butterfly release event.

With the loss of major corporate sponsors during these challenging economic times for businesses, some of their other events are currently on hold too.

Despite the challenges, ARCH has been able to reinvent and transform a few of their events to a virtual format.

Learn more about what ARCH is doing here.