Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit have reported a new case of COVID-19 in the Kenora region.

Followup with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocols, and anyone identified as a potential contact will be reached directly by health unit staff.

This comes one day after the health unit announced there have been three hospitalizations in the Kenora area due to COVID-19, and the area’s positivity rate is six times higher than what was seen over the summer, and is similar to areas in southern Ontario.

The Kenora region includes the following communities: ​English River 21, Jaffray-Mellick, Keewatin, Kenora , Kenora 38B, Lake Of The Woods 37, Minaki, Norman, Northwest Angle 33B, Rat Portage 38A, Redditt, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Sabaskong Bay 35D, Shoal Lake (Part) 39A, Shoal Lake (Part) 40, Shoal Lake 34B2, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, The Dalles 38C, Wabaseemoong, Whitefish Bay 32A, Whitefish Bay 33A and Whitefish Bay 34A.

Everyone should assume COVID-19 is in their community and practice preventive measures like:

- physical distancing,
- wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge,
- good hand hygiene,
- not touching their face and
- staying home when sick

Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should get tested. 

Additionally, the NWHU is urging residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the region.

For more information:
Three hospitalized with COVID symptoms and risk factors in Kenora