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

No new cases in the Algoma region today

Public Health Ontario is again announcing fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 today with 89 lab-confirmed cases reported in today's update.

Yesterday, the province reported 76 new cases, a record low number matched only in the early days of the pandemic.

All cases in the Algoma region are now resolved. However, Chippewa County Health Department in Sault Michigan has reported a new case of COVID-19 today. Additionally Public Health Sudbury & Districts has reported a surge in cases, with 22 reported in the last week and a half.

Locally, over 20,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.

Here are the latest local, provincial, and federal updates on coronavirus funding, reopening, and emergency orders that you need to know:

Provincial government reveals back-to-school plan

It looks like most students will be returning to the classroom full-time this fall.

But the province's new back-to-school plan indicates that high school students at two dozen boards — including the Toronto District School Board — will only attend class half the time in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, with a maximum class size of 15.

Meanwhile, elementary students will be in school full time, and while their classes won't be broken up into smaller groups, they won't be allowed to mix with other cohorts.

Read more about the plan here.

Bay Mills employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Bay Mills Resort and Casino hotel employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first case reported at the hotel.

The hotel will stay open, and all employees will have the opportunity to be tested at Bay Mills Health Center on Tuesday, according to a press release issued by the company today.

No new cases in the Algoma region today

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health, updated at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday:

  • 20,769 tested
  • 27 positive
  • 20,234 negative
  • 508 pending
  • 0 deceased
  • 27 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 

Local theatre won't reopen on Friday

While Cineplex has given the okay for 25 theatres in Ontario to reopen tomorrow, the Sault's movie lovers are not in luck just yet. 

The closest theatre that will be opening on Friday is in Sudbury.

Read more about Cineplex's guidelines for reopening here.

Struggling with your power bill?

If you are an Algoma Power customer struggling to catch up on bills due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a one time credit trhough the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

You can read more about the program here.