Health unit staff are reminding evacuees -- and those assisting them -- that they should still take precautions, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Doctor Kit Young-Hoon is the medical officer of health.

"During the evacuation period, one must remember to continue to physically distance two metres from others, who aren't in your social circle or family unit, to follow good hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, wear a mask or face covering in enclosed indoor spaces and to self-isolate or consider getting tested if your sick with COVID-19 symptoms," she said. 

"If you are at an evacuation centre, it's particularly important to self-monitor for symptoms and to isolate immediately, if you should become unwell," she added.

Evacuees have been crossing the district today, in search of a safe place to stay. Some may be heading for Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. 

Forest fire smoke can also be harmful to your health. You should seek medical care as soon as possible, if you develop:

  • a new or worsening cough,
  • trouble breathing,
  • chest pains,
  • significant weakness or fatigue.

For more information:

NWHU - Red Lake fores fire and COVID-19