The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in the region. Two of the new cases are in the Kenora region, while one of the cases in the Sioux Lookout region.

The Kenora region is defined 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.

The Sioux Lookout region is defined as: Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake 63C, Deer Lake, Hudson, Kee-Way-Win, Lac Seul 28, MacDowell Lake, Muskrat Dam Lake, North Spirit Lake, Osnaburgh 63B, Pickle Lake, Pikangikum 14, Poplar Hill, Sachigo Lake 1, Sandy Lake 88, Sioux Lookout, Slate Falls and Weagamow Lake 87.

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

For reasons of privacy, NWHU minimizes the sharing of information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

Residents are reminded that if they get tested for COVID-19 it’s vital they self-isolate by staying at home and away from others until they receive their results, even if their symptoms improve.

“We have noted a couple of incidents where individuals, while waiting for test results, have felt better. But even if you feel better, you need to continue self-isolating until you get your negative test result,” said Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit, when speaking with the media earlier this week.

She adds that if you have been notified that you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, a negative test result does not end your isolation period early, and you must remain in self-isolation for the 14-day period unless told otherwise by NWHU staff.