The Northwestern Health Unit is reassuring the public that their safety is top priority. All processes being followed related to COVID-19 are to minimize risk to the public. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill explained. 

"We really want the public to know that we're on top of the cases as they come in, and we would always let the public know if they were at risk" he said. 

Consistent with all infectious disease follow-up that the Northwestern Health Unit does, the names of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will not be released to the public.  As per protocols, anyone who is considered to be at an increased risk due to contact with a positive COVID-19 case is contacted by NWHU.

Gemmil said the public would be informed if there was a risk. 

"If there is a situation if we cannot follow up will be individual contact, then we would use our partners in the media to let people know," he said. 

He added if a previously positive case is released from self-isolation by NWHU, the individual poses no risk of spreading COVID-19 to the public.