"Now is the time to act," is the message coming from Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the District of Rainy River.

According to the health unit, there are now more than 10 active cases of COVID-19 in the Municipality of Rainy River, connected to an outbreak at a seniors’ apartment building in the community as well as family gatherings and group activities.

This includes the four cases of COVID-19 that were reported in the District of Rainy River earlier today.

“The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher in the Rainy River area. We’ve seen the devastation that COVID-19 has brought to other areas in Canada, and we need our residents to do everything they can to prevent the spread,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon.

Preventive measures include:

  • not gathering with people outside of your household
  • avoid unnecessary travel
  • staying at least 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with
  • wearing a mask in public spaces
  • staying home when you're sick

Earlier today, the catchment area entered a 14-day lockdown in effort to slow of the spread of COVID-19 across the province. The second lockdown, for northern Ontario, comes as the province reported 2,142 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, marking the 12 day in a row the province has reported more than 2,000 cases in a single day.



 and follow the guidelines of the province-wide shutdown. Do not gather with people outside of your household, avoid unnecessary travel, and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with. I