Increased COVID-19 risk in Rainy River area

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) urges the public to practise prevention measures as COVID-19 case counts increase in the Rainy River area. There are now more than 10 active cases of COVID-19 in the Municipality of Rainy River, connected to an outbreak at a seniors’ apartment building in the community as well as family gatherings and group activities.

The rise in case numbers and spread is concerning to Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU. “The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher in the Rainy River area. We’ve seen the devastation that COVID-19 has brought to other areas in Canada, and we need our residents to do everything they can to prevent the spread,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon. “Now is the time to act and follow the guidelines of the province-wide shutdown. Do not gather with people outside of your household, avoid unnecessary travel, and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate immediately and arrange to get tested at your local assessment centre,” Dr. Young Hoon says.

Together, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by taking actions that protect the health of our families and communities. For more information, visit NWHU’s website at www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19.