COVID-19 emerges in Rainy River region

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the District of Rainy River. 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.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on 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 for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.

There are currently five active cases in the NWHU region – one in Kenora, three in Sioux Lookout and one in Rainy River. there has been a total of 137 cases since the pandemic began in spring. At this time, there are no cases associated with schools or long-term care homes in the NWHU region.