The Northwestern Health Unit has announced a new COVID-19 case in Fort Frances. In a Facebook post this morning, the NWHU said the new case is due to work-related travel and all of their contacts have been notified. The Health Unit also announced yesterday that a new case had been discovered in Dryden. Few details are known, but NWHU contact tracing staff are busy doing a follow-up investigation, and will be notifying all contacts. A new case was announced in Sioux Lookout on Friday. The woman, roughly 50, is an asymptomatic case. She received a test as part of hospital protocol when she went for an unrelated procedure. Her household contacts, and medical staff who attended her have been put in quarantine. NWHU Acting medical Officer of Health Dr Ian Gemmill isn’t sure what an asymptomatic case could mean for the community. So little is still known about the disease, medical experts aren’t sure what a positive result in an asymptomatic patients means. However, evidence does show that patients not exhibiting symptoms are less likely to transmit the virus, because they aren’t coughing or sneezing. As a precaution, the NWHU is asking all residents to assume COVID-19 is in the community. Practice physical distancing, wash hands often and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
An additional, unrelated case has been tagged to the NWHU, by an individual with an outdated address on file. That individual is being cared for in the jurisdiction they currently resides in. That brings the NWHU total positive case number to 19, with only 17 having contact in the region.
In the wider region, Koochiching County Mn reported its fourth case last week. Thunder Bay currently has 79 positive cases, with only one active case, which is a 70 year-old woman currently in hospital. The Thunder Bay region’s last positive case was reported May 14.