The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting a new case of COVID-19 in the Dryden/Red Lake region.

The health unit defines the Dryden/Red Lake region as: Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon and Wabigoon Lake 27​.

Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for this case will be contacted directly.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

To date, there have been 68 reported cases of COVID-19 in the health unit's catchment area with 54 being listed as resolved. As of October 8th, there are 9 active cases in the Kenora region, 3 active cases in the Sioux Lookout region and one active case each in the Dryden/Red Lake and Rainy River regions.

It's recommend that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community, and they should practice 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 get tested.