SUDBURY -- A special advisory has been issued to Algoma District residents who regularly cross the Canada-U.S. border for work or study due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Chippewa County, Michigan.

The advisory went into effect at the beginning of November and has been extended until Jan. 26 and will be updated based on the disease level.

Health officials said even if you are exempt from federal travel and quarantine restrictions, use virtual option and avoid cross-border travel if possible.

When in Chippewa County, avoid crowded indoor spaces and stay two metres apart from others.

Upon returning to Algoma District, stay home as much as possible for two weeks and do not have close contact with others, especially vulnerable people and those with underlying health conditions.

As of Nov. 4, Chippewa County has over 100 active cases of COVID-19 in a population of more than 37,000 people.

Health officials said if you know of a family, friend or neighbour who must cross the border for essential reasons, consider the following ways to offer support:

  • Help pick up and deliver groceries or a prepared meal
  • Offer to help run errands in the community
  • Call or link up virtually to chat, catch up, and stay socially connected