The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19. One case in the Kenora region and one case in the Dryden/Red Lake region. This marks the ninth consecutive day that at least one case has been announced for 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.

The health unit defines the Dryden/Red Lake region as the following communities: ​Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon and Wabigoon Lake 27​.

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 does not release or comment on information about the location of COVID-19 test results.

To date, there have been 111 confirmed and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area with 85 of the 113 cases listed as resolved. There are currently 22 active cases in the Kenora region, three in the Dryden Dryden / Red Lake region, two in the Sioux Lookout region and one in the District of Rainy River.

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 COVID-19 positivity rate for the week of November 16 - 22 is 1.63% for the health unit catchment area.

Health unit staff ask all residents assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, good hand hygiene and not touching your face.

Cases announced this week for the Kenora region:

Monday, November 16 - 1

Tuesday, November 17 - 1

Wednesday, November 18 - 1

Thursday, November 19 - 1

Friday, November 20 - 2

Saturday, November 21 - 4

Sunday, November 22 - 2

Monday, November 23 - 5

Tuesday, November 24 - 1