The single day record for the number of COVID-19 cases announced has been shattered, as the Northwestern Health Unit has reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, 10 in the District of Rainy River and two in the Dryden/Red Lake region. This is in addition to the eight cases that were reported earlier today in the District of Rainy River. Marking a single day record for the most cases announced in the Northwestern Health Unit catchment area, at 20.

There are currently 56 active cases of COVID-19 across the region.

The health unit defines the District of Rainy Rivers 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.

The health unit defines the Dryden/Red Lake region as: Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon and Wabigoon Lake 27​.

Follow-up with the persons involved and their contacts has started according to protocols, and anyone who is identified as a contact will be reached directly.

NWHU recommends that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practise 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 self-isolate and get tested