The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 in the Kenora region. This marks the seventh consecutive day that at least one case has been announced for the Kenora region.

The health unit defines the Kenora region as the following communities: English River 21, Jaffray-Mellick, Keewatin, Kenora , Kenora 38B, Lake Of The Woods 37, Minaki, Norman, Northwest Angle 33B, Rat Portage 38A, Redditt, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Sabaskong Bay 35D, Shoal Lake (Part) 39A, Shoal Lake (Part) 40, Shoal Lake 34B2, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, The Dalles 38C, Wabaseemoong, Whitefish Bay 32A, Whitefish Bay 33A and Whitefish Bay 34A.

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

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

Both of the new cases in the Kenora region are connected to previously identified cases. None of the Kenora cases appear to be associated with the outbreak at Benedickson Court.

To date, there have been 101 confirmed and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area with 84 of the 103 cases listed as resolved. There are currently 14 active cases in the Kenora region, two in each the Dryden / Red Lake and Sioux Lookout regions and one in the District of Rainy River.

The positivity rate for the Kenora region is now six times higher than what was seen during the summer and is now similar to some areas in southern Ontario.

Health unit staff ask all residents assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, good hand hygiene and not touching your face.

Cases announced this week for the Kenora region:

Monday, November 16 - 1

Tuesday, November 17 - 1

Wednesday, November 18 - 1

Thursday, November 19 - 1

Friday, November 20 - 2

Saturday, November 21 - 4

Sunday, November 22 - 2