On Thursday afternoon, Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Dryden / Red Lake region. 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.
That brings the number of active cases in the NWHU region to 13. Dryden/Red Lake has 13 total cases, with one active; Kenora has 20 total, with eight active; Rainy River region has 12 total with one active and Sioux Lookout has 20 positive tests, with three currently active.
The NWHU has conducted 31,218 tests to date, with 1,649 occurring the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.
For reporting purposes, the NWHU includes the following communities in the Dryden/Red Lake region: Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon, Wabigoon Lake 27.
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 www.nwhu.on.ca for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.