The Northwestern Health Unit has declared an outbreak at the Pathways Atelier Day Care in Fort Frances, located in St Mary School, and has issued a closure order. The facility has been closed. An outbreak in a day care is declared when there is one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the facility. NWHU is working with the day care operator to minimize the impact of the outbreak.
In addition, the NWHU has received a report of two new positive COVID-19 test results in the District of Rainy River 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.
We recommend that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practice 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 at www.nwhu.on.ca for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.
To book a test, call the Assessment Centre directly at (807) 274-3261 ext. 4913.