The Northwestern Health Unit says a UK variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a high school student in Dryden.

Northwestern Health Unit expects more variant cases to be confirmed in the upcoming days and it is unclear at this time if this cluster of cases is linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at Walmart in Dryden.

The health unit says, Dryden has low testing rates compared to other communities in the northwest, and Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health urges those with symptoms to get tested.

“The only way to know if someone has COVID-19 is to get tested. When people have a symptom but don’t get tested or isolate, COVID-19 spreads. It is disheartening and also dangerous when people do not follow precautionary measures when ill” says Dr. Young Hoon.

All high-risk close contacts that were disclosed by the cases have been notified and told to self-isolate. NWHU warns that there could potentially be widespread transmission in the community of Dryden and urges anyone with even one symptom to get tested for COVID-19.

Contact information for Dryden Assessment Centre:

• 223-3737

• assess@drhc.on.ca