The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in the Kenora region.

The health unit defines the Kenora region as 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.

Follow up with the persons involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for these cases will be contacted directly.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU minimizes the sharing of information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit say some of the Kenora area’s new cases of COVID-19 may have been caused by residents, who got impatient.

The health unit's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, explains that anyone with symptoms is encouraged to get tested, but it’s vital they self-isolate by staying at home and away from others until they receive their results, even if their symptoms improve.