Reports of another 5 new positive COVID-19 test results have been confirmed by staff with the Northwestern Health Unit.

They include 2 positive test results in the Rainy River District and 3 new positive test results in the Kenora region. Follow up with everyone involved and their contacts has started, and anyone identified as a close contact will be reached directly.

Today’s cases mark two weeks straight of new COVID-19 cases announced by health unit staff. The last day without new cases announced was back on February 22, after a week of daily cases from February 14.

Overall, the NWHU has announced 525 cases of COVID-19 since last March, and 59 of those cases are considered active. They include 26 in the Kenora region, 19 in the Sioux Lookout region and 8 in the Dryden / Red Lake region.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to get tested, self-isolate and remain in isolation until your test results are known.

On Friday, Ontario announced the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area would remain in the Yellow-Protect level of COVID-19 restrictions for another week at least, as the province re-evaluates public health regions each week, but we weren’t changed.

That was before the Lake of the Woods District Hospital announced an outbreak of COVID-19. It began with two patients testing positive, before growing to 10 patients. All non-essential services have been postponed for 14 days.

For more information:
Staff tracking increase of COVID-19 cases in Kenora
LWDH outbreak expands to 10 patients, some elective outpatients services cancelled