The Northwestern Health Unit has reported four new cases of COVID-19. This brings the active case count to 17 in the health unit's catchment area.

There is one new case in each of the Sioux Lookout and District of Rainy River regions and two new cases in the Kenora region.

Provincewide, 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday. This is the first time since May 30, 2021, that over 1,000 cases have been reported in the province.

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

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.