Kenora-Rainy River member Greg Rickford is also a senior member of provincial cabinet, and he offers an update on the coronavirus outbreaks over the weekend in the Kenora Region.

"It takes a lot of work from a lot of different people. We've had a busy weekend, but I feel like all of us think we're starting to get on top of this," he said earlier today.

Governments at all levels responded, as they worked to identify, isolate and treat people with COVID-19. There were more than 60 cases in the health unit's catchment area over the weekend, most of them in Whitedog.

"Kenora will get some additional, unexpected vaccinations -- as I said earlier for our frontline workers to deal with these local and significant spikes -- but the vaccines can't come soon enough," he said earlier today. 

As of this morning, the health unit reported 74 active cases in their catchment area, including 66 in the Kenora Region. 

As of Sunday morning, there were 57 active cases of COVID-19 across the district, the bulk of those in Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. The First Nation went into lockdown last week, and the military was helping with vaccinations over the weekend. 

Four patients were reported to be at the district hospital with the coronavirus last week. Three patients with COVID-19 were reported this morning, with one of the three in the intensive care unit. 

Across the region, 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, the highest single-day case count in the region since the pandemic began.

Ontario's rollout plan says 8.5 million residents will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of their three-phase approach. Phase 2 is expected to start in March and be completed by July. It should include seniors -- starting with those 80 and over -- followed by those who work in shelters, essential workers on the frontlines -- such as first responders and teachers -- as well as those with high-risk conditions and their caregivers.

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