Surge of COVID-19 Triggers Additional Mandatory Measures in Algoma and in the Municipality of Sault Ste. Marie – SaultOnline.com

In response to rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in Algoma, and especially in the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Public Health is taking further action to curb the spread of the virus, prevent severe illness and death in our communities, and protect health system capacity.
Algoma’s Medical Officer of Health, with the support of the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking the following three actions.
“I continue to urge all Algoma residents to take immediate action to stop this surge of transmission, and help protect the vulnerable members of our community, and preserve our health care capacity,” says Dr. Jennifer Loo, Medical Officer of Health.  “Stay home if you have any symptoms, cut down on gatherings and encounters where you have unmasked, face-to-face close contact with people you don’t live with, and please get fully immunized and help others to do so.  If you want to be fully immunized and protected by the holidays, now is the time to get your first dose.”
“Increased COVID-19 cases in Algoma have a direct impact on our operations and how we care for patients. Over the past several weeks, we have seen a significant increase in community transmission of COVID-19, an increase of hospital COVID-19 admissions and a hospital surge of admissions. We anticipate that admissions will continue to increase.  This increase in demand for care will impact Sault Area Hospital’s ability to maintain the current level of activities and may lead to the cancellation of elective surgeries and procedures,” Ila Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sault Area Hospital
“As our case numbers continue to climb in our city, I ask each and every one of you to take some time to refocus on stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Wear your mask and practise physical distancing when out in the community. Screen yourself and your children for symptoms every day and if there are even mild symptoms, stay home. I am confident that if we all work together, follow the additional public health instructions and continue to keep the health and wellbeing of our families, friends and community top of mind, we can stop the spread of COVID-19” said Mayor Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie.
On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Algoma Public Health reached a milestone of over 709 cases of COVID-19 reported since the onset of the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the situation is (according to the vast amount of research data available) that both vaccinated and unvaccinated spread the disease and yes even carry a similar viral load. This would be a good time to stop the dividing blame game and get back to back to basics, wash your hand, practice social distancing, etc. The Lancet (world-renown medical journal) just a few weeks ago published a new study “Community transmission and viral load kinetics of the SARS-CoV-2 delta” Coming to the conclusion that while vaccination seems to reduce the risk of delta variant “fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can efficiently transmit infection in household settings, including to fully vaccinated contacts.” peace
Show my work.
In order to determine eligible, unvaccinated cases:
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data
Gives daily data by vax status. Scroll down to “COVID-19 cases by vaccination status”, select table. This gives cases by status. The table’s date should be same day. To get eligible, unvaxed case numbers, you must go to second website.
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-epidemiologic-summaries-public-health-ontario
Select latest report, will be the date before numbers released, so Nov. 15 numbers released are labelled Nov. 14.
Scroll down to new cases by age, subtract 0-11 numbers from unvaxed cases on first website table.
Perhaps vaccines require a second or third look. Data from two, daily Ontario government websites below. Interestingly, daily news and government releases fail to breakdown the numbers. Why?
Mon., Nov. 15. Ontario cases 552
Eligible, unvaccinated 169 or 30.6%
*Fully vaccinated 212 or 38.4%*
Partially vaccinated 23 or 4.2%
Children <12, ineligible 117 or 21.2%
Status unknown 31 or 5.6%
Sun., Nov. 14. Ontario cases 666
Eligible, unvaccinated 161 or 24.2%
*Fully vaccinated 300 or 45%*
Partially vaccinated 24 or 3.6%
Children <12, ineligible 139 or 20.9%
Status unknown 42 or 6.3%
If you are implying that vaccination does nothing, you have to look at the rate of people getting sick by vaccination status. Using your numbers from Monday Nov. 15 and Algoma District vaccination rates from Covid-19 Tracker Canada:
0.24% of fully vaccinated eligible adults got sick
0.65% of partially vaccinated eligible adults got sick
1.30% of unvaccinated eligible adults got sick
Compared to vaccinated people, partially vaccinated people are 2.73 times more likely to get sick and unvaccinated people are 5.44 times more likely to get sick. This is using Monday numbers where a higher proportion of cases are fully vaccinated. If you run your numbers from Sunday the vaccine benefits are clearer.
As we are supposedly only concerned with hospitalizations these days, according to government and public health (protect the healthcare system), I would argue we should only be concerned with daily case numbers. Uninfected don’t matter in this equation, regardless of vaccination status, as they will not be entering ICU with Covid illness. Additionally, it is now clear and acknowledged that one can contract and spread the virus regardless of vaccination status.
While I do understand your point completely, I was pointing out that it appears unscientific to solely blame the unvaccinated for cases, as was done in the comments below.
When infected it is possible for the fully vaccinated to spread the disease, however viral loads are far lower in the vaccinated when compared to those who aren’t. The unvaccinated spread the disease far more efficiently.
John Public you really know how to talk big behind a computer. If you met 1 of them in person you my tuck your tail between your legs and run home to mommy. But anyways, there is Doug Ford’s people trying to tell us what to do again. I will not let nobody tell me how I should live my life . Just because they are afraid of covid they shouldn’t make people be held hostage in there own homes and country.
Job done anti vaxxers and anti maskers ! You sure should us ! Start crying now at the new restrictions lol !
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