Northwestern Health Unit has received reports of three new positive COVID-19 test result in our area. One person lives in the Rainy River District, and the other two people have primary residences outside of the NWHU catchment area.

2, 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.

2,005 new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Ontario today.

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 sharing the information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

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 have been 156 confirmed cases and four probable cases of COVID-19 in the catchment area. 141 of the 160 total cases are listed as resolved, there are six active cases in the Kenora region, 11 active cases in the District of Rainy River and two cases listed "other."

According to the health unit, cases listed in the "other" column have a primary residence outside of the NWHU region and have not been to the NWHU region. Occasionally old addresses are used on lab requisitions and cases are assigned to a health unit based on their previous area of residence.