By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

Since yesterday, some residents within the North Western Health Unit’s catchment area received texts and emails that their appointments got cancelled. Despite appointment cancelling concerns, the NWHU is still administering COVID-19 vaccines to those who had their appointments booked. Lee Pitt, IT manager at the NWHU, said yesterday afternoon they […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Variants of concern are now a risk in the region as there has been a confirmed case of the UK variant in a high school student in Dryden. Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), said they are only aware of one case […]

Tuesday morning, March 30, 2021 the Gymnasium at the Rainy River High School was bustling with activity as staff from the NWHU and local volunteers hustled to get things set up for the first mass Covid 19 vaccination clinic for residents 75 and over. A grid of chairs was appropriately […]

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has been notified that a COVID-19 variant of concern has beenidentified in a case related to the outbreak at Walmart in Dryden. Variants of concern spread more easily,faster, and can result in more hospitalizations and deaths than the non-variant form of COVID-19.There are now known VOC […]

With vaccinations steadily dolling out in the region, many were holding out hope that this summer would prove to be a little more normal. Sadly, normal might have to wait another year for the region’s soccer players. Borderland Soccer League announced that they have cancelled their 2021 season for the […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto is lagging behind the province when it comes to vaccinating those aged 80 or older against COVID-19. Toronto Public Health says that as of Monday morning, 55.6 per cent of the city’s residents in that age group had received at least one shot, with nine per cent fully vaccinated. […]

Press release

There has been a confirmed case of the UK variant in a high school student in Dryden. Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) expects more variant cases to be confirmed in the upcoming days and it is unclear at this time if this cluster of cases is linked to the COVID-19 outbreak […]

By Dirk Meissner
THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has taken a step backwards in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the province to impose circuit breaker measures for the next three weeks to slow the rapid spread of the virus, says the provincial health officer. B.C. recorded 2,518 new COVID-19 cases over the […]

By Joan Bryden
THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canadians are much more wary about being injected with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine than they are about receiving other vaccines approved for use in Canada, a new poll suggests. Just 53 per cent of respondents to the poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said they […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

As of Friday morning, from the vaccine allotment the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received, 7,570 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been given. While the number of vaccinations given are continuing to rise, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU said there is still some […]

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has identified that there was a low level risk of COVID-19 exposure in many business locations throughout Dryden between March 9 and March 24, 2021. All individuals who had high risk exposure to COVID-19 have been notified and given specific instructions. Anyone who has shopped in […]