Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northwestern Health Unit's catchment area since Friday.

One new case is in the Dryden/Red Lake Region and six are in the Sioux Lookout region. This brings the active case count to 18 in the region.

Provincewide, 887 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday.

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

NWHU recommends that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, 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.  For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.