The Northwestern Health Unit has reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Eight of the new cases are in the Kenora region, one new case is in the District of Rainy River.

This brings the current active case count to 14 across the health unit's catchment area.

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.