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

Currently 421 active cases, 12 hospitalizations in the region as of 2:50 p.m. Friday
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New daily cases in the province ranged this week between a high of 3,519 and a low of 1,741 *note: not all symptomatic people are being tested in accordance with new Ontario guidelines.

Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a COVID-19 test to enter Canada as of today (April 1).

The change is a departure from Canada's policy since the early days of the pandemic, and the struggling tourism industry describes it as a major boon.

While no test will be required after April 1 for people who are considered fully vaccinated, Health Canada still requires that anyone arriving from outside the country wear a mask in public for two weeks.

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 today.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health, updated at 3 p.m. on Mar. 31:

  • 249,404 tested
  • 6,696 confirmed *Note: As of Dec. 31, 2021, the province has limited COVID-19 PCR testing to the highest risk populations. Furthermore, some people with mild or asymptomatic infection may not seek testing. Algoma Public Health states that the numbers of confirmed cases are an underestimate of the actual number of people with COVID-19 in the Algoma region.
  • 444(3) active cases *Note: the number in brackets are cases in a non-Algoma resident currently in the region.
  • 13 currently hospitalized (4 of which are in the ICU)
  • 6,252 resolved
  • 42 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: 

  • 5,505 in Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • 652 in central and east Algoma
  • 284 in Elliot Lake and area
  • 255 in north Algoma

Comparatively, in Chippewa County, which covers Sault Ste. Marie Mich. and surrounding area, the COVID-19 data as of March 30 states (note: case counts have been reset to reflect new reporting format. Cases from March 2020-Dec. 31, 2021: 5,275 total, 4641 recoveries, 69 deaths):

  • 3,197 cumulative positives 
  • 3,640 cumulative recovered
  • 34 deaths
  • 1 case currently hospitalized

Here's the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations in Algoma:

As of 3:30 p.m. on Mar. 31:

  • Population coverage

    % of total population that has received at least one dose 84.8%
    % of total population that have received at least two doses 81.4%
    % of eligible population (5+) that has received at least one dose 88.6%
    % of eligible population (5+) that have received at least two doses 85.0%
    % of adult population (18+) that have received at least one dose 91.1%
    % of adult population (18+) that have received at least two doses 88.8%
    % of adult population (18+) that have received at least three doses 61.7%
    % of youth population (12-17) that have received at least one dose 84.4%
    % of youth population (12-17) that has received at least two doses 81.1%
    % of child population (5-11) that have received at least one dose 60.0%

APH reported cases this week:

No new hospitalizations, 131 new cases reported on March 28

Two new hospitalizations, 37 new cases reported on March. 29.

57 new cases reported on March 30

Hospitalizations, active cases drop in March 31 update

Case involving gathering during COVID restrictions put over to June

Incident in question occurred at former Sister Mary Clare elementary school.

No changes to ArriveCAN process, says CBSA

The Government of Canada is removing the pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1.

Hospital approved for COVID-19 treatments; doctor foresees upswing in new sub-variant

Treatments involving one time intravenous session or pills now available.

Facing angry patrons and possible protests, library drops mask rule (March 29)

Officials were aware of social media buzz about a possible anti-mask demonstration at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library.

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About the Author: Megan Pounder

Megan Pounder is a Sault Ste. Marie-based journalist and a member of the Village Media news desk
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