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COVID-19: Here's the situation in the Sault this week

Region's 20th COVID-related death reported this week; currently 480 active cases, two hospitalizations in the region
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New daily cases in the province ranged this week between a high of 16,713 and a low of 8,825.

From heading back to school, testing to isolation changes — there have been a lot of changes to the COVID-19 guidance in Ontario.

The highly contagious Omicron variant has led to record-high daily case counts in the province. With the province's testing capacity overwhelmed, Ontario chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore announced changes to who can get tested this week. 

The new approach, he said, is to focus on testing and case and contact management at high-risk settings.

Here's a breakdown of what the situation is in Ontario today.

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 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30:

  • 213,945 tested
  • 2,038 confirmed 
  • 402 active cases
  • 3 currently hospitalized
  • 1,636 resolved
  • 20 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: 

  • 1,805 in Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • 159 in central and east Algoma
  • 52 in Elliot Lake and area
  • 22 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:

  • 222,121 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered (now including third doses for those eligible)
  • 48.9 per cent of children 5-11 have received at least one dose
  • 82.7 per cent of youth 12-17 have received at least one dose 
  • 97,336 people have received at least one dose (82.6 per cent of the population or 86.3 per cent of the eligible population)
  • 90,442 people have received two doses
  • 34,358 people have received three doses 

APH reported cases this week:

Cases 1,719-1,818 were reported on Dec. 27.

Cases 1,819-1,858 were reported on Dec. 28. 

Cases 1,859-1,922 were reported on Dec. 29.

Cases 1,923-2,038 were reported on Dec. 30. The region's 20th COVID-related death was included in this update. 

Cases 2,039-2,135 were reported on Dec. 31. 

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Changes take effect at 12:01 a.m on Dec. 30.

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Cases have been surging due to highly infectious Omicron variant.

Have you downloaded your enhanced vaccine certificate yet?

You'll need the QR code to access settings where proof of vaccination is required starting Jan. 4