A case of COVID-19 was reported in Kenora last week, which has since been reclassified by the Northwestern Health Unit to a ‘probable’ case of the illness.

Chief Medical Officer of Health for the NWHU, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, explained the important distinction during her weekly regional media conference.

“A probable case is a bit different from a confirmed case, in that the symptoms, exposures and the type of lab result makes it a probable case. The lab result doesn’t necessarily confirm COVID-19, but we combine information about the case and their symptoms.”

Young Hoon notes that the Dryden-Red Lake area’s recent case of COVID-19 most likely acquired the illness while travelling, and not in northwestern Ontario. That case was reported over the weekend.

The Northwestern Health Unit’s has reported 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 44 of them considered as resolved, after a new case was reported in Sioux Lookout earlier this week.

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says the case was confirmed in one of their healthcare workers, and contact tracing is underway to determine if there are any high-risk contacts from the healthcare worker.

Residents are reminded that masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces, and the use of masks must be paired with other personal protective measures like social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding travel and staying home if you’re sick.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results. Information about gender, age and method of transmission will be posted to the Ontario COVID data website when it is available.

For more information:
New case of COVID-19 reported in Dryden-Red Lake area
COVID-19 case confirmed in healthcare worker