The pandemic clearly isn't over yet, even in the northwest. The health unit is reporting new cases in both Red Lake and Fort Frances.

The acting medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, is reminding residents to stay the course on social distancing, as well as restrict their travel between communities only when it's essential.

Health unit staff add their follow-up is complete for the case in Fort Frances, and all contacts have been notified. The case was acquired through work-related travel, staff said in their Facebook post.

"Please assume COVID-19 is in your community and continue to practice preventive measures," the post continued.

In Red Lake, health unit staff are still following up, and they're investigating any possible impact on the Ear Falls and Red Lake area residents and workers.

To date, there have been:

  • 21 cases of the coronavirus in the health unit's catchment area, ​
  • 2,295 ​negative test results
  • 1,194 pending test results ​
  • 3,510 tests taken and ​
  • 16 resolved cases. 

Over the long weekend, health unit staff confirmed three new cases:

  • 1 in Sioux Lookout for a total of 2 during the pandemic
  • 1 in Dryden for a total of 5 over the course of the pandemic
  • 1 from a patient, who now lives in southern Ontario

The health unit's catchment area extends east to the Atikokan area, north to Red Lake and west to Manitoba. Staff are also exchanging information on the pandemic with the federal government that oversees efforts on First Nations, as well as the All Nations Health Partners.

For more information:

COVID-19 case in Sioux Lookout did not show symptoms, NWHU

Northwestern Health Unit - COVID-19 cases in the area

Northwestern Health Unit - Preventing COVID-19