Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received reports of three new positive COVID-19 test results – two in the Dryden / Red Lake region and one in the Kenora region, including one in a school. 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.
The NWHU confirms that one of the new cases is associated with an area school and they are working closely with the Keewatin Patricia District School Board to minimize the impact in the school community. The KPDSB confirmed that the case is at Open Roads Public School in Dryden. The school remains open to those who have NOT been identified by NWHU as close contacts and told to self-isolate.
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.