Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit are reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today.

They include 1 case in the Dryden / Red Lake region, and 3 new cases in the Sioux Lookout region. Follow up with those involved and their contacts have started according to protocols, and anyone who is identified as a contact for the case will be reached directly.

As of December 8, the NWHU is reporting a total of 19 active cases in the region. They include 10 in Sioux Lookout, 2 in Rainy River, 3 in Kenora and 4 in Dryden / Red Lake.

NWHU recommends that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, 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.  For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.