The Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of nine new positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora area.

Health Unit staff say the nine cases are impacting École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Valleyview Public School. Four of those cases are being attributed to those schools, one is linked to a daycare, and four are in the community.

Follow-up with all persons involved and their contacts has started according to protocols. Anyone who is identified as a contact for these cases will be contacted directly by health unit staff.

The school has called all families Thursday evening who's children are in the classrooms that have been closed by the health unit. If you were not contacted, your child can attend school as usual.

Due to the both board’s COVID-19 prevention strategies, those staff and students not contacted by public health are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until October 9 and can continue to attend school as usual.

The health unit continues to ask residents to always assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative health measures such as hand washing, wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, you’re asked to contact your local assessment centre or nursing station immediately.

Edit as of 10:53 a.m., the Northwestern Health Unit clarified their original press release. Their original release stated:

"Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of nine new positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora area. The cases affect three schools in Kenora. Please see the websites for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board and the Kenora Catholic District School Board."

Their clarifying release states: "all nine cases out of Kenora ARE NOT linked to schools. Some are ‘normal’ community-based cases and one is from a daycare."

For more information:
KCDSB confirms 2 cases of COVID at SMB and T.A
COVID-19 exposure at Valleyview Public School