The Northwestern Health Unit has received reports of three new positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora region over the past 24 hours. One was reported on Thursday afternoon; two more were announced on Friday morning.
Kenora has now received 13 positive cases in the past three weeks. Some are linked to travel, but several have no known origin, leading health officials to believe there is widening community transmission in the 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 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.
The NWHU 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.