Positive COVID-19 reports have been announced by both the Northwestern Health Unit and Rainy River First Nations for September 25.
Northwestern Health Unit received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Dryden / Red Lake area. Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to protocol. The individual involved acquired the infection out-of-province, and anyone who is considered a contact will hear from NWHU today.
Chief & Council of the Rainy Lake First Nations also announced a new case in their community. This individual has been placed in 14 day self-isolation.
All direct contacts of this individual are being contacted. They will be tested and placed in 14 day self-isolation.
Testing protocols for the Province have changed and thus, only individuals who are close contacts or are symptomatic will be tested.
At this time, Chief and Council would like to disclose that none of them are the confirmed positive case.
Please remember to maintain physical distancing (6ft), wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible and wear a mask.
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 http://ow.ly/qs2650B4SLr when it is available.
The 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 get tested. For information about getting tested, please visit the NWHU website http://ow.ly/gyWg50B4SLn for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.