Kenora Rainy-River MPP and provincial minister Greg Rickford is thanking leadership and staff of the Northwestern Health Unit, for all of their dedicated efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video posted to social media, Rickford says he and the NWHU team have been working closely to help protect the region.

“They are an amazing team. We’ve been staying in close contact, sharing information and providing support for each other. We’re moving where the ‘puck’ is headed, opposed to where it’s been. We’re making sure that Kenora Rainy-River’s turnaround time for testing is on track, and as good as it is anywhere else in the province.”

As of April 23, the Northwestern Health Unit has tested over 693 residents across the region as negative, and 337 residents are still awaiting their test results.

Between the Kenora and Rainy-River areas, staff have confirmed 16 positive cases of COVID-19, with one now living in southern Ontario.

“I want to thank you for your constant, ongoing and persistent efforts in keeping our communities safe, secure and healthy. Your work is so important to what we’re trying to accomplish here. During these challenging times, there’s an extra special, deep appreciation for what you’re doing. Thank you,” added Rickford.

A model released in early April suggested the province might see 300,000 COVID-19 cases in a worst-case scenario, or as few as 20,000 in a best-case scenario.

With the exception of long-term care homes, experts say the province is seeing numbers that are more in line with a best-case scenario, and this is being attributed to the hard work and sacrifice of Ontarians.

Across Ontario, there are now 12,879 confirmed cases, including 713 deaths. Of the 713 deaths, 516 of them were residents of long-term care homes.

Premier Doug Ford has extended Ontario’s emergency orders until May 6 at the earliest. The provincial emergency was declared on March 17.

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