Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit say they’ve received reports of two new positive COVID-19 test results and three probably cases of the virus, all within the Dryden / Red Lake region.

A probable case refers to an individual whose test results are not available yet, but they are symptomatic and have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all of the cases is underway, and anyone identified as a contact for these cases will be reached directly by health unit staff.

As it stands, the NWHU is reporting 18 active cases in the region, including 7 in the Dryden / Red lake area, 5 in the Kenora region and 6 in the Rainy River district. There have been 257 confirmed cases and 7 probable cases, along with 1 death, since March, 2020.

NWHU recommends that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practise 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 self-isolate and get tested, and remain in isolation until their test results are known.

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