In the past 17 days, 10 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Kenora region with three individuals currently in hospital due to symptoms and risk factors.

The positivity rate for the Kenora region is now six times higher than what was seen during the summer and is now similar to some 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.

“Now is the time to act," says Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at Northwestern Health Unit.

“This surge is our region’s wake-up call. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher in the Kenora area. We’ve seen the devastation that COVID-19 has brought to other areas in Canada, and we need our residents to do everything they can to prevent the spread,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon.

“Avoid unnecessary travel, stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with, do not gather with other families indoors, and stay home if you’re unwell and take a self assessment to see if you should be tested for COVID-19,” Dr. Young Hoon says.

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.