All sixteen of northwestern Ontario’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are now considered as resolved.

Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Ian Gemmill, explains what a resolved case status means for a patient recovering from the virus, as well as the community.

“We expect people to be in isolation if they test positive, until 14 days have passed and their symptoms have resolved. That’s what we mean by resolved. The individual has passed the period of communicability and is feeling better.”

A resolved case status can also come from a patient passing two COVID-19 tests in 24 hours, with no signs of symptoms. Gemmill reminds residents that any close contacts of a positive COVID-19 test will be contacted directly by the health unit.

“They’re now able to leave isolation, and they no longer pose any threat to the community. But we do have a number of cautions in place, and we do this with a great deal of caution. We’re being very protective,” Gemmill added.

Gemmill notes that one of the sixteen cases are currently living in southern Ontario, after receiving the positive confirmation in the NWHU area.

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