The Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of two new positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora region.

Follow up with people involved and their contacts has started according to protocols, and anyone identified as a contact for these cases will be contacted directly.

This is the fifth consecutive day that a COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the Kenora region. On Wednesday, the NWHU announced that the area’s positivity rate is six times higher than what was seen over the summer.

The health unit recommends that everyone assume COVID-19 is spreading in their community, and to always practice preventative health measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, good hand hygiene and not touching your face.

Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should get tested. Additionally, the NWHU is urging residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the region.

The Kenora region includes 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.

For more information:
Three hospitalized with COVID symptoms and risk factors in Kenora