The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting a new positive case of COVID-19 in the Kenora region.

The health unit defines the Kenora region as; English River 21, Jaffray-Mellick, Keewatin, Kenora , Kenora 38B, Lake Of The Woods 37, Minaki, Norman, Northwest Angle 33B, Rat Portage 38A, Redditt, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Sabaskong Bay 35D, Shoal Lake (Part) 39A, Shoal Lake (Part) 40, Shoal Lake 34B2, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, The Dalles 38C, Wabaseemoong, Whitefish Bay 32A, Whitefish Bay 33A and Whitefish Bay 34A.

Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for this case will be contacted directly.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

On Saturday, Ontario reported 1,015 new cases of COVID-19 with the majority of cases being identified in the Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York regions. This is the second time this week that the province has reported more than 1,000 new cases in a single day which bring the total COVID-19 cases in the province to 75,730.

To date, there have been 74 confirmed cases and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area. 72 of the 76 cases have been listed as resolved. There are currently two active cases in each the Kenora and Dryden/Red Lake regions according to the NWHU.

Everyone should assume COVID-19 is in their community and practice preventive measures like:

  • physical distancing,
  • wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge,
  • good hand hygiene,
  • not touching their face and
  • staying home when sick

Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should get tested.