Northwestern Health Unit has received reports of two new positive COVID-19 test results and three probable cases all in the Dryden / Red Lake region. A probable case refers to an individual whose test results are not available but who is symptomatic and has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. NWHU conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases, both confirmed positive and probable positive, within our region. 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 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.
NWHU recommends 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 self-isolate and get tested. For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.