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Discourage friends, family from visiting from other parts of Ontario, urges mayor

Provenzano issues statement as city reaches 'critical period' in COVID-19 fight

Mayor Christian Provenzano is urging Saultites to stay committed to following Algoma Public Health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the district logs five new cases in the last seven days. 

Provenzano asked to address residents during a budget question and answer call with SooToday this morning, noting that the city has seen more cases of the virus in the last week than it has during any other single week during the pandemic. He asked that people only socialize with those in their households, and that they discourage people from other parts of the province from coming here for non-essential reasons.

"You should reduce all non-essential travel and you should discourage family and friends from travelling from other parts of Ontario to see you," said Provenzano. "That's a critically important point. The majority of our most recent cases come from travel into Sault Ste. Marie and relationships or connections to people who are travelling into our community and Algoma from other places in Ontario."

The mayor made the remarks as Canadians prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend.

The mayor also asked that Saultites be patient with and kind to each other in this "very challenging time."

Watch the full statement in the video above.