The single day record for the number of COVID-19 cases announced has been shattered, as the Northwestern Health Unit has reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, 10 in the District of Rainy River and two in the Dryden/Red Lake region. This is in addition to the eight cases that were reported earlier today in the District of Rainy River. Marking a single day record for the most cases announced in the Northwestern Health Unit catchment area, at 20.

, Rainy River Unorganized Territory, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Saug-a-Gaw-Sing 1, Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sleeman and Stratton.

The health unit defines the Dryden/Red Lake region as: Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon and Wabigoon Lake 27​.

Follow-up with the persons involved and their contacts has started according to protocols, and anyone who is identified as a contact will be reached directly.

NWHU recommends that everyone 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