New daily cases in the province ranged this week between a high of 9,571 and a low of 3,301.
A spokeswoman for Ontario's health minister recently announced that children born in 2017 will have to wait for their fifth birthday to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Alexandra Hilkene says that guidance - a shift away from the rules that were in place when Pfizer-BioNTech's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in kids aged five to 11 in Canada last month - will remain in place for the time being.
Here's the latest on new cases in Algoma
As of 2:45 p.m., Algoma Public Health has not reported any new cases of COVID-19.
The latest cases of the virus in the region were reported yesterday.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health, updated at 4 p.m. on Dec. 23:
- 210,592 tested
- 1,718 confirmed
- 251 active cases
- 5 currently hospitalized
- 1,467 resolved
- 19 deceased
Algoma Public Health is reporting that recent results from additional laboratory testing have detected the following variants of concern in Algoma:
- B.1.1.7 (Alpha), first detected in the UK
- B.1.617.2 (Delta), first detected in India
- P.1 (Gamma), first detected in Brazil
- B.1.1.529 (Omicron), first detected in South Africa
Total confirmed cases by area of residence:
- 1,531 in Sault Ste. Marie and area
- 131 in central and east Algoma
- 39 in Elliot Lake and area
- 17 in north Algoma
Comparatively, in Chippewa County, which covers Sault Ste. Marie Mich. and surrounding area, the COVID-19 data as of Dec. 22 states:
- 4,996 cumulative positives
- 4,339 cumulative recovered
- 65 deaths
- 8 cases currently hospitalized
Latest cases in local schools (as of 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24):
- Blind River Public School: 1 confirmed staff case
- Boreal French Immersion Public School: 4 confirmed student cases
- Isabel Fletcher Public School: 1 confirmed student case
- Parkland Public School: 1 confirmed student case, 1 confirmed staff case
- Pinewood Public School: 10 confirmed student cases
- R. M. Moore: 1 confirmed student case
- Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School: 1 confirmed student case
- Thessalon Public School: 4 confirmed student cases
- St Mary's College Separate School: 2 confirmed student cases
- École publique Écho-des-Rapides: 1 confirmed student case
Here's the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations in Algoma:
Algoma Public Health is continuing in phase two of Ontario's 3 Phase Vaccine Distribution Program. As of 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 23:
- 214,899 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered (now including third doses for those eligible)
- 47.9 per cent of children 5-11 have received at least one dose
- 82.5 per cent of youth 12-17 have received at least one dose
- 97,048 people have received at least one dose (82.4 per cent of the population or 86 per cent of the eligible population)
- 90,111 people have received two doses
- 27,737 people have received three doses
APH reported cases this week:
Cases 1,571-1,595 were reported on the evening of Dec. 17. APH also reported the region's 18th COVID-related death in this update.
Cases 1,596-1,615 were reported on Dec. 18.
Cases 1,616-1,630 were reported on Dec. 19.
Cases 1,631-1,637 were reported on Dec. 20.
Cases 1,638-1,656 were reported on Dec. 21.
Cases 1,657-1,697 were reported on Dec. 22.
Cases 1,698-1,718 were reported on Dec. 23. The region's 19th COVID-related death was also included in this update.
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