The Northwestern Health Unit has reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in the District of Rainy River.

Ontario reported 3,443 new cases across the province on Saturday.

The health unit defines the District of Rainy Rivers as: Alberton, Atikokan, Barwick, Big Grassy River 35G, Big Island Mainland 93, Chapple, Couchiching 16A, Dawson, Devlin, Emo, Finland, Fort Frances, La Vallee Township, Lake of the Woods, Long Sault 12, Manitou Rapids 11, Morley, Morson, Neguaguon Lake 25D, Rainy Lake 17A, Rainy Lake 17B, Rainy Lake 18C, Rainy Lake 26A, Rainy River, Rainy River Unorganized Territory, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Saug-a-Gaw-Sing 1, Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sleeman and Stratton.

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.

To date, there are 210 confirmed and four probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area. 169 of the 214 cases are listed as resolved, 22 active cases in the Kenora region, 22 active cases in the District of Rainy River and one death.