COVID reaches Rainy River region

Press Release

Northwestern Health Unit has received reports of five new positive COVID-19 test results. Four of the new cases are in the Kenora region and there is one new case in the District of Rainy River. 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. Information about gender, age and method of transmission will be posted to the Ontario COVID data website when it is available.

All four of the new cases in the Kenora area are connected to previously identified cases. None of the Kenora cases appear to be associated with the outbreak at Benedickson Court.

We recommend 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 get tested. For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.