Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Rainy River District Monday afternoon. Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. Anyone who is identified as a contact for this case will be contacted directly.
There have been 14 confirmed and one suspected case in the Rainy River region since this surge began on December 14. The burst in cases has prompted the NWHU to declare an outbreak at Riverview Manor in Rainy River, and to warn the public of a slight risk to shoppers present at Cloverleaf Market in Emo, December 18-20.
For reasons of privacy, NWHU minimizes sharing the 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.
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 www.nwhu.on.ca for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.