The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 in the Rainy River region.

The health unit defines the Rainy River region as; Alberton, Atikokan, Barwick, Big Grassy River 35G, Big Island Mainland 93, Chapple, Couchiching 16A, Dawson, Devlin, Emo, Finland, Fort Frances, La Vallee Township, Lake of the Woods, Long Sault 12, Manitou Rapids 11, Morley, Morson, Neguaguon Lake 25D, Rainy Lake 17A, Rainy Lake 17B, Rainy Lake 18C, Rainy Lake 26A, Rainy River, Rainy River Unorganized Territory, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Saug-a-Gaw-Sing 1, Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sleeman and Stratton.

Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for this case will be contacted directly.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

To date, the health unit catchment area has reported 71 cases of COVID-19 with 66 listed as resolved. Currently, there are two active cases in the Dryden/Red Lake region and one active case in each the Kenora, Rainy River and Sioux Lookout regions.

Everyone should assume COVID-19 is in their community and practices preventive measures like:

  • physical distancing,
  • wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge,
  • good hand hygiene, and
  • not touching their face

Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should get tested.