The Northwestern Health Unit has reported two new cases of COVID-19.

One of the cases is in the Kenora region with the other positive test result in Sioux Lookout region for a person who has a permanent residence outside of the NWHU region, but is currently located within our catchment area.  The Sioux Lookout region case is not counted as part of NWHU’s confirmed case count, as they will be recorded within the region of their home address.

The province reported 1,670 new cases of COVID-19 today, marking the third straight day new infections are lower than 2,000 and today marks the lowest daily reported case counts since November 26.

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.

The health unit defines the Sioux Lookout as: Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake 63C, Deer Lake, Hudson, Kee-Way-Win, Lac Seul 28, MacDowell Lake, Muskrat Dam Lake, North Spirit Lake, Osnaburgh 63B, Pickle Lake, Pikangikum 14, Poplar Hill, Sachigo Lake 1, Sandy Lake 88, Sioux Lookout, Slate Falls, Weagamow Lake 87

NWHU conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases within our region, including anyone who is here temporarily or not currently identified as a permanent resident.

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.

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 249 confirmed and 7 probable cases of COVID-19 in the district. 239 of the 256 cases are listed as resolved with seven active cases in the District of Rainy River, six active cases in Kenora, three active cases in the Dryden/Red Lake region and one death.