Kenora surge worsened by patients breaking quarantine

Staff

Several cases in a Kenora surge have been linked to people not isolating while they wait for COVID-19 test results to return, because their symptoms have improved.
Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received reports of five positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora region. That brings the Kenora count up to 21 active cases, with 20 new cases announced in the past two weeks.
“NWHU reminds everyone that if you have been tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms, you must self-isolate until you receive a negative test result, or are told by public health that you can return to normal daily activities. Just because you are feeling better doesn’t mean you don’t have COVID-19,” said the NWHU on Facebook. “We are aware of several cases in our area recently where COVID-19 has been spread by people who have been tested and have resumed their regular daily activities because their symptoms had improved. It is imperative that anyone who has been tested stays at home and away from other people until they receive a negative test result.”
Five new cases were reported this morning in Kenora. All of the new cases are connected to previously identified cases in the Kenora area, according to the NWHU. One of the new cases is associated with an area school and NWHU is working closely with the Kenora Catholic District School Board to minimize the impact in the school community. The school remains open to those who have NOT been identified by NWHU as close contacts and told to self-isolate.
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.
For reasons of privacy, NWHU minimizes sharing 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.