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COVID-19 Pandemic Update

COVID-19 SECOND DOSE VACCINATIONS

As of June 21, 2021 anyone who received their first dose vaccination on May 9, 2021 or earlier can now book their second dose vaccination.

You will receive an e-mail or phone call from Algoma Public Health depending on how you booked your first dose.  Anyone who has not received their first dose can also book an appointment through the Algoma Public Health Website.

Children ages 12-17 can book their first dose through Algoma Public Health by calling 705-541-7370 or going to their website.

In order to continue with the Province’s 3 Step Re-Opening Ontario Plan we must have 70-80% of Adults who have received one dose and 25% who have received 2nd dose to move to STEP 3.

Let’s continue to move forward with this battle against the COVID-19 Pandemic in order to get back to some sort of normality in everyone’s lives.

We thank everyone in our community for doing their part but we need to continue to wear masks and physical distance until we are confident that the majority of our population has received their vaccinations.

We hope everyone can enjoy their summer and our children can go back to school in the fall.

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June 16, 2021

We are open in office but the door is locked.

To come into the office you must call us to make an appointment.

STEP 1 –June 14, 2021 (Tentative)

60% of Adults Vaccinated with one dose

Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people

Outdoor Dining up to 4 people per table

Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people (no team sports)

Essential retail at 25% capacity

Non-essential retail at 15% capacity

Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have an outside entrance

Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to 2 meters physical distancing

Horse racing and motor speedways without spectators

Outdoor horse riding

Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to 2 meters physical distancing

Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits

Campsites, campgrounds and short term rentals

Overnight camping at Ontario Parks

STEP 2-July 5, 2021 (Tentative)

70% of Adults Vaccinated with one dose and 20% with 2nd dose

Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people

Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions

Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table

Outdoor sports and leagues and overnight camps

Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits

Essential retail at 50 % capacity

Non-essential retail at 25% capacity

Personal care services with face coverings and capacity limits

Outdoor cinemas & performing arts with capacity limits

Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits

Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits

Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15% capacity

Public libraries with capacity limits

Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits

Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits

STEP 3-July 26, 2021 (Tentative)

70-80% of Adults receive one dose & 25% with 2nd  dose

Outdoor gatherings with larger capacity limits

Indoor gatherings with larger capacity limits & other restrictions

Indoor dining with capacity limits

Indoor sports and recreation fitness facilities with capacity limits

Indoor meeting & event spaces with capacity limits

Essential and non-essential retail capacity expanded

Personal care services with capacity expanded and other restrictions

Indoor cinemas and performing arts facilities with capacity limits

Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with capacity limited to permit 2 meter physical distancing

Indoor museums and art galleries with capacity limits

Indoor zoos, aquariums, waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits

Casino and bingo halls with capacity limits

Other outdoor activities from Step 2 permitted to operate indoors

PROVINCIAL LOCKDOWN

PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY & STAY AT HOME ORDER

The Ontario Government has declared a second Provincial Emergency in response to COVID-19. In addition, effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 they issued a Stay At Home Order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes. These enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario and will be in place until at least Tuesday, February 16, 2021. This means you must stay home and only go out for necessities such as:

  • Getting food, beverages or medication
  • Going for medical appointments
  • Supporting vulnerable community members
  • Child Care
  • Attending school or a post-secondary institution
  • Going to a bank
  • Accessing government services
  • Getting exercise or walking pets
  • Going to work, if you can’t do it remotely & you are deemed essential

 

Stay home to the fullest extent possible. Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are only allowed with members of your household (the immediate people you live with). Up to 5 people may gather outdoors, as long as you can keep 2 meters physical distance from each other. You should also wear a mask or face covering.

As the situation evolves in Ontario, please be mindful that updates may occur with little warning.

STAY HOME!    STAY SAFE!    SAVE LIVES!

January 10, 2021-January 23, 2021

On January 7, 2021, Premier Ford, made an announcement stating the Provincial Lockdown that began on 12:01 a.m. on Boxing Day, December 26, 2020,  until Saturday January 9, 2021 has

now been extended to Saturday January 23, 2021.

With the increased number of COVID-19 Positive Cases in the Province of Ontario and the District of Algoma this should be concerning to everyone. We ask that everyone follow the Algoma Public Health recommendations and the Provincial order by staying home to the fullest extent possible. Trips  outside of the home should be limited and for essential purposes only, accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care and exercise alone or with people in your household (the people you live with) and in the community where you live, walking pets when required and supporting vulnerable community members to meet the needs above.

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same household. (people you live with). Wear a mask in all public indoor settings. This is now mandatory by law province-wide. To protect one another, you should also wear a mask in any settings where you cannot stay at least 2 meters apart from another person which is not a member of your household. Your mask must cover your mouth, nose and chin and with no gaps.

STAYING HOME IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS!

December 26, 2020-January 9, 2021

On December 21, 2020 Premier Ford made an announcement that beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Boxing Day, December 26, 2020 the Province of Ontario will be on Lockdown. This Lockdown will be from December 26, 2020 until Saturday January 9, 2021.

What this means is Ontarians should stay home to the fullest extent possible. Trips  outside of the home should be limited and for essential purposes only (accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care and exercise alone or with people in your household (the people you live with) and in the community where you live, walking pets when required and supporting vulnerable community members to meet the needs above).

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same household. (people you live with). Continue to maintain 2 meters of physical distancing from everyone outside of your household, wear a face covering indoors and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin. Scarves and bandanas are insufficient.

STAYING HOME IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS!

Algoma Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP)

Financial assistance to help prevent homelessness through various means of support. Do not need to be on assistance to qualify. Special circumstances as a result of COVID19 will be considered. Application is available at all ADSAB offices and OnlineComplete and submit to the office to apply.

ENG – ASAP Application https://www.adsab.on.ca/en/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HS-Algoma-Shelter-Assistance-Program-Application-EN-2019-07-26.pdf

FR – ASAP Application https://www.adsab.on.ca/fr/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/HS-Programme-d%E2%80%99aide-au-logement-d%E2%80%99Algoma-2020-01-15.pdf

English poster         French Poster         French Pamphlet

Housing (Rent Subsidies)

Apply for Housing and Rent Subsidies within the Algoma District. Application is available at all ADSAB offices and online. Complete and submit to the office to apply.

Rent Geared to Income Housing Application (ENG) https://www.adsab.on.ca/en/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/HS-RGI-Application-EN-2020-02-11.pdf

Rent Geared to Income Housing Application (FR) https://www.adsab.on.ca/fr/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/HS-RGI-Application-FR-2020-02-11.pdf

LEAP – Algoma Power Customers

Help with payment of Algoma Power Utility Arrears. This program is also available for Hydro One Customers. Must apply through the ADSAB Office

LEAP –Algoma Power Customers Pamphlet 

LEAP – Hydro One Customers – please contact our office for more info

NSHN Opens COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Blind River & Thessalon

Blind River, ON – Starting today the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) in partnership with Algoma Public Health (APH) will begin operating COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Blind River and Thessalon, located in close proximity to the Emergency Department at each site.

The NSHN COVID-19 Assessment Centres provide screening, assessment, and where appropriate swabs for individuals from Echo Bay, ON to Spanish, ON who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  The Centres will operate 7 days per week and are designed to minimize the number of patients that would typically present at the Emergency Department. 

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is available by appointment only. For safety reasons, “walk-in” appointments are strictly prohibited. Not everyone who attends the Centre will be swabbed.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including: fever, chills or weakness, new or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, runny nose and/or joint aches are encouraged to contact the Assessment Centre through either of the following methods:

 Call 705-356-2265 or toll-free 1-888-425-0321:

o Blind River Location: Ext. 2661

o Thessalon Location: Ext. 2662 

Submit the online form at: www.nshn.care/covid19

A staff member will respond within 48 hours by telephone to complete pre-screening and provide further instructions.
If you require urgent care, please call 911 and inform them of your symptoms as well as recent travel and contact history.
 
If you have general questions about COVID-19, please contact Algoma Public Health toll-free 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 or visit www.algomapublichealth.com. 
 
 
For further information, contact: Melanie Kubatlija, Education & Safety Coordinator mkubatlija@nshn.care  705-356-2265 ext. 2744

Click here to down load full article RELEASE on April 7, 2020

Please CLICK HERE for the most recent communication campaign created by Algoma Public Health. We are urging everyone to print and distribute or forward this campaign as far and wide as possible. Following the messaging in this campaign is crucial to control the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

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The Government of Ontario, Premier Ford’s office, announced the extension of the emergency order.

This means he has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures while in addition to closing all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds or where people gather effective immediately. 

This includes Hurley Park & Tennis/Basketball Court; Memorial Park; Sportsplex Park & Ball Field; Milligan Gazebo & Park; Lake Street Bird Viewing Stand; Loon Dollar Park and Tower Lake Park.

ALL PUBLIC USAGE OF MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

At this point in time the municipal office is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, but is still operating internally with reduced staff.  We will continue this service as long as we are able.  Things are changing rapidly and on a daily basis.  For up to date information on the COVID 19 Pandemic, you can continue to read below or go to Algoma Public Health website www.algomapublichealth.com/COVID-19.  

If there is anyone in our community that requires supplies, groceries, etc., please contact the municipal office at 705-248-2441 and arrangements will be made.  

The Echo Bay United Church Echo Bay & Area Food Bank has supplies available for anyone in our community.  You can call 705-987-1746. 

Please adhere to the Algoma Public Health’s messaging with their “OPERATION AMPLIFY“.  We have provided information below that is extremely important for everyone to follow. HAND WASHING, SOCIAL DISTANCING, SELF ISOLATION, we ask that everyone do their part to keep our families and community safe until this Pandemic is over.

We are all in this together.