Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard says he’s incredibly proud of the Kenora community and northwestern Ontario as a whole, as residents continue to do their part to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
“The bottom line is we’re entering flu season, COVID is still out there, and people continue to follow the proper protocols. I’m very proud. Not only as the Mayor of Kenora, but as a member of the community as a whole.”
“Everyone’s doing what they can to protect their family, friends and the community. We just have to not let our guard down and keep doing what we’ve been doing. COVID’s still out there, and we still have to be aware.”
Last week, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, suggested that public health measures are working to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Kenora area.
Her comments came after health unit staff confirmed 11 positive cases of the illness between October 8 and October 10 in the Kenora area. Cases were found in three area schools, a long-term care home and a daycare.
None of the cases have been linked together, after staff conducted nearly 2,000 COVID-19 tests between October 5 and October 11.
“When you’re out and about, people are really, really trying to do what’s right. People are wearing their face masks. We had the blip, but that was expected eventually. We’re now almost two weeks past that point and there’s been no additional blip,” adds Reynard.
There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in Kenora, while there is still active cases in the Dryden / Red Lake area, Rainy River and Sioux Lookout, as of the time of writing.
Since the pandemic began in March, director of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Ray Racette, confirmed there have been no hospitalizations in Kenora due to the illness.
Dr. John Guilfoyle with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says cases of COVID-19 in Pikangikum First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation and Kasabonika Lake First Nation are all considered resolved, and there’s no evidence of further spread in any of the affected communities.