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

No new cases in Algoma Region
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A slight uptick in cases reported by Public Health Ontario today, as 134 new COVID-19 cases are confirmed.

Yesterday, the province reported 89 new cases, and on Wednesday 76 new cases were reported, 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 reported a new case of COVID-19 last night. 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:

COVID Alert app now available in Ontario

Canada’s COVID Alert app is now available only in Ontario — for now.

The app’s purpose is to help stop the spread of the virus, although it is not mandatory.

Ontario is the first to test out the app and if all goes well, it will roll out across Canada. 

Read more here.

No new cases in the Algoma region today

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

  • 21, 008 tested
  • 27 positive
  • 20,372 negative
  • 609 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 

Air Canada to offer more flights between the Sault and Toronto in August

In an e-mail sent out to customers today, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) stated as of Aug. 10, Air Canada will be offering two flights daily for the month of August.

Air Canada had originally suspended all flights between the Sault and Toronto on April 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pools at the John Rhodes set to reopen

Places in the Sault are reopening their doors as the city continues into Stage 3 of the province's framework.

As of Tuesday, programming at the John Rhodes will expand, including the opening of the indoor pool, outdoor pools and meeting rooms.

Read more about what the rules at the Rhodes are here.

DriveTest centres to expand road testing

Ontario's DriveTest centres will expand operations on Tuesday.

Starting Aug. 4, road testing for class G2 and all motorcycle licenses will resume, and the number of locations offering commercial driver road tests will also expand.

To reduce crowding and support physical distancing, most DriveTest centres will continue to serve these customers based on the date of the customer’s birth.

Read more here.

Bars, restaurants now required to keep customer logs for COVID-19 contact tracing

Additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food/drinks establishments will be put in place by the province as Stage 3 of reopening continues.

Patrons will also be required to stay in their seats, in both indoor and outdoor areas, and bars and restaurants will be required to keep client logs for 30 days and to disclose client logs to the medical officer of health. 

Read full details on the amendment here.

Sault parents react to back to school plans

The Ontario government has announced its plan for schools this coming fall, after months of anticipation for parents and students alike.

Some parents are looking forward to their children returning to the classroom. Others have serious concerns.

Read more here.