The Northwestern Health Unit has reported one new case of COVID-19 in the Kenora region on Friday.

Provincewide, 1,670 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday with the positivity rate falling to 2.5 per cent, the lowest since October.

The health unit defines the Kenora region as: 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.

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.

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.

To date, there have been 267 confirmed cases and six probable cases of COVID-19 reported across the district. 262 of the 273 cases are listed as resolved, there is currently one active case in the Dryden / Red Lake region, six active cases in the Kenora region, three active cases in the Sioux Lookout region and one death.