Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit are reporting two new cases of COVID-19 in our catchment area.

Today’s cases include one in the Kenora region and one in the Dryden / Red Lake region. The two cases bring the region’s overall total to 16 active cases.

The 16 active cases include 2 in Dryden / Red Lake, 2 in Rainy River and 12 in Kenora.

Follow up with the persons involved and their contacts has started according to protocol, anyone who is identified as a contact for these cases will be reached directly by the NWHU staff.

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 self-isolate and get tested.  For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.