The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 in the district. Four cases are being reported in the Kenora region and one case is being reported in the District of Rainy River.

The health unit defines the Kenora region as the following communities: 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 health unit defines the District of Rainy River as the following communities: 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 protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for these cases will be contacted directly.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

All four of the new cases in the Kenora area are connected to previously identified cases. None of the Kenora cases appear to be associated with the outbreak at Benedickson Court or the one cases of COVID-19 that was identified at St. Louis Living Arts School on November 11.

This marks the sixth consecutive day that at least one case has been announced for the Kenora region.