Algoma Public Health recommends keep children at home
Algoma Public Health is recommending parents not send their children to school in Sault Ste. Marie.
Medical Officer of Health and CEO for Algoma Public Health Dr. Jennifer Loo says under the regulations she is recommending high schools students located in the Soo not attend school despite the province giving the go ahead.
She adds these instructions mean that there will be delay of in-person learning until at least January 25, 2021.
Dr. Loo points out those with special education needs who require in-person learning may continue to be accommodated.
She adds for Sault Ste. Marie elementary schools, and all other schools outside of Sault Ste. Marie throughout Algoma school boards will provide parents and students with the choice of online/remote or in-person learning.
She says for further information visit their website, algoma public health dot com.
“COVID-19 activity is not the same throughout the north, nor throughout Algoma,” says Dr. Loo.
“In local areas where there has been an increase in COVID-19 activity, there is a vital need to keep strong preventive measures in place. At the same time, we must work together to minimize impacts on student learning, to support the school community, and to support families and essential worker parents, who depend on in-person learning, and whose essential work is critical to the pandemic response.”
Those who are able, may choose to continue school remotely for the time being. For students and families with learning, health, essential work, or other needs, in-person learning will be available.
As of December 21, 2020, as part of the Provincewide Shutdown the Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising all Ontarians to stay home as much as possible, with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members.
Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same household. Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with):
Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes
Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
A look at the numbers for Algoma, Sudbury, and Manitoulin
Sault Ste. Marie and the City of Greater Sudbury are hot spots for an increase of active cases of COVID-19 over the last three days.
Algoma Public Health is reporting 18 new active cases since Friday, 15 from the Sault Ste. Marie area, the other three in Central and East Algoma.
Considering resolved cases, this brings the total number of active cases in the Algoma District to 56, plus one non-resident who was temporarily in the district.
Public Health Sudbury is reporting 34 new active cases, most of them from the City of Greater Sudbury, two in the Manitoulin District.
There are now 66 active cases within the health agency’s jurisdiction.
Most of the cases in all three districts are attributed to close contacts.
All are in self-isolation, except for one individual in the Algoma District and one in the Manitoulin District who have had to be hospitalized.
Stricter restrictions ahead of tomorrow’s new modelling data
Premier Doug Ford is warning we face “turbulent waters” ahead, as the number of COVID-19 cases in our province continues to soar.
There were a record 39-hundred and 45 new diagnoses reported yesterday, along with another 61 deaths.
In a brief video, released yesterday afternoon, Ford says our health care system is on the brink of being overwhelmed and it’s critically important that Ontarians obey rules on group gatherings, mask-wearing, and hand-washing.
He notes mass vaccinations won’t be available until the spring to protect most people.
The cabinet is expected to discuss further restrictions today, ahead of the release of new modelling data tomorrow, data that Ford has called, “scary.”