Variant has been in area for several months
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) says the Delta variant of COVID-19 is noted throughout the region, according to a statement issued by the NWHU. In a follow-up statement, they noted that Delta is now the dominant strain in Ontario, and NWHU at this time; it has been present in our communities for several months, and is expected to increase through the fall months, the statement said.
Anyone, including those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, should get tested if they have symptoms to prevent further transmission.
Recently, the Provincial COVID-19 Self-assessment Tool has been updated.
“If you are feeling unwell, even if you are fully vaccinated, please complete the self-assessment to see if you should be tested for COVID-19,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU.
“The Delta variant is highly contagious and will spread quickly if we do not act. I urge everyone to be vigilant in practising all COVID-19 prevention measures as we see cases increase in our area.”
Vaccination remains the top way to prevent dire outcomes from a COVID-19 infection. For more information on getting your first or second dose of the vaccine, visit https://www2.nwhu.on.ca//covid-19/booking-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment/.