THE COVID REPORT for September 17-2021

Weekly COVID-19 update for Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury

The number of new cases of COVID-19 is increasing in the districts of Sudbury, Manitoulin and Algoma.

Public Health Sudbury is reporting 62 active cases in both the Greater City of Sudbury and Sudbury District.

There were also two active outbreaks this week, one of which has been declared over, the other at a Sudbury school.

The agency says all the cases are self-isolating.

Algoma Public Health now has 16 active cases, most of them in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

The health unit says all the cases are self-isolating and there are no hospitalizations.

Health Sciences North says there are ten admitted patients, one of which is confirmed as COVID-19 and is in intensive care.

The other nine are waiting for test results.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is also advising the public of potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19 specifically for anyone who attended a social gathering at the Pow Wow grounds, 352B Hwy 551, in M’Chigeeng on September 5th between 10:30 am and 7 pm.

Anyone who attended this gathering and experiencing any symptoms is advised to immediately self-isolate and get tested.

Coronavirus crisis in Alberta

Ontario and Newfoundland are offering assistance to Alberta, as that province deals with a massive surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Hospital intensive care units are almost full and Alberta has been looking to other provinces to transfer ICU patients to ease the load.

It’s to the point where officials in the province have begun briefing hospital staff on details of a triage program, to decide who would receive hospital treatment, and who would not.

Alberta lifted almost all COVID-19 protections on July 1st, saying the pandemic was all but over.

However, infection rates have been soaring since then.

The province currently has more than 18-thousand active cases, the highest in Canada.

Premier Jason Kenney has announced a state of emergency, the return of many COVID-19 restrictions, and the launch next week of a vaccine passport system.

PHOTO: Photo by Rosalind Russell

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