The Northwestern Health Unit has reported five new COVID-19 cases have been found in the district.
Two cases have been discovered in both the Dryden/Red Lake, and Kenora Health Regions, and one case in the Rainy River Health Region.
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 contacted directly.
Currently, in the region, there are 17 active cases connected to the NWHU catchment area.
To date a total of 123,420 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with a test positivity rate of 1.00 per cent.
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.