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

Five new cases reported over the weekend
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* Update: APH reported two new cases of the virus after the posting of this article around 6:15 p.m.

As of 3:45 p.m., Algoma Public Health hasn't reported any news cases of COVID-19 today.

However, five new COVID-19 cases were reported over the weekend.

Here's the latest on new cases in Algoma

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers from Algoma Public Health, updated at last night at 12:05 p.m.:

  • 132,919 tested
  • 336 confirmed 
  • 31 (2)* active cases
  • 2 (1) currently hospitalized
  • 305 resolved
  • 4 deceased
  • 57 cases screened positive for variants of concern

According to data on howsmyflattening.ca, a University of Toronto-led website which collects and analyzes data from Ontario's COVID-19 cases, 44 per cent of ICU beds in Algoma Public Health's jurisdiction are currently occupied, two of which are COVID patients.

The data also describes the community risk level for COVID-19 in our region as 'low.'

Total confirmed cases by area of residence: 

  • 259 in Sault Ste. Marie and area
  • 50 in central and east Algoma
  • 23 in Elliot Lake and area
  • 4 in north Algoma

Comparatively, in Chippewa County, which covers Sault Ste. Marie Mich. and surrounding area, the COVID-19 data as of Tuesday states:

  • 2,374 cumulative positives
  • 2,046 cumulative recovered
  • 32 deaths
  • 4 cases currently hospitalized

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

Algoma Public Health is continuing in phase one and is expanding into phase two of of Ontario's 3 Phase Vaccine Distribution Program. As of today at 11:56 a.m.:

  • 40,819 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered (37,091 Algoma residents, which is 38.3 per cent of eligible residents 16+ or 32.4 per cent of all residents)
  • 33,363 people have received their first dose (This number represents 34.5 per cent of eligible residents 16+, and 29.2 per cent of all residents)
  • 3,728 Algoma residents have been fully immunized with first and second doses (This number represents 3.9 per cent of eligible residents 16+, and 3.3 per cent of all residents)