The Northwestern Health Unit says they are seeing an increased risk of COVID-19 in the Sioux Lookout Health Hub region, which includes the municipality of Sioux Lookout.

The Sioux Lookout Health Hub region reported one variant of concern on April 10.

Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at the Northwestern Health Unit, says they are seeing transmission of COVID-19 affecting a number of different households.

"The numbers do suggest that there is increased risk in that health hub and the municipality itself," said Dr. Young Hoon.

According to the NWHU, the Sioux Lookout Health Hub had 21 active cases of COVID-19 as of April 19.

Dr. Young Hoon says quite a few of the cases are close contacts to existing cases.

"There's a couple of cases that are travel-related, and then there's spread in a social group or in a few households," added Dr. Young Hoon

She noted that there are a number of cases that don't have a known epidemiological link, which means it's unclear where a person acquired COVID-19.

NWHU recommends that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and follow the stay-at-home order, current restrictions 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.