The Northwestern Health Unit has reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 since their Friday update. The active case count has fallen by 19 per cent to 419 known cases in the region.

There are seven people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the region. This is an increase of one person since the Friday update.

55 new cases are in the Kenora Health Hub, 35 cases are in the Sioux Lookout Health Hub, 33 cases are in the Fort Frances Health Hub, 22 cases are in the Dryden  Health Hub, four cases are in the Emo Health Hub, two cases are in the Atikokan Health Hub and there is one new case in each of the  Rainy River and Red Lake Health Hubs. 

Of the 419 known cases, 181 are in the Kenora Health Hub, 162 are in the Sioux Lookout Health Hub, 28 are in the Fort Frances Health Hub, 27 cases in each of the Dryden, seven are in the Atikokan Health Hub, six cases are in the each of the Red Lake and Emo Health Hub and two cases are in the Rainy River Health Hub.

The health unit notes that the confirmed cases are an underestimate of the true number of people with COVID-19 in the Northwestern Health Unit region, given that access to PCR testing is increasingly limited, positive rapid antigen test results are not reported to Public Health, and the likelihood that people with asymptomatic infections may not seek testing.

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 visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for more information on what to do next.