The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting a new case of COVID-19 in the Dryden/Red Lake region.
The health unit defines the Dryden/Red Lake region as: Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon and Wabigoon Lake 27.
Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for this case will be contacted directly.
For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.
To date, there have been 68 reported cases of COVID-19 in the health unit's catchment area with 54 being listed as resolved. As of October 8th, there are 9 active cases in the Kenora region, 3 active cases in the Sioux Lookout region and one active case each in the Dryden/Red Lake and Rainy River regions.
It's recommend that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community, and they should practice preventive measures like:
- physical distancing,
- wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge,
- good hand hygiene, and
- not touching their face.
Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should get tested.