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New positive case in Rainy River region

Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Rainy River 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.

For reporting purposes, the NWHU includes the following communities in the Rainy River region: Alberton, Atikokan, Barwick, Big Grassy River 35G, Big Island Mainland 93, Chapple, Couchiching 16A, Dawson, Devlin, Emo, Finland, Fort Frances, La Vallee Township, Lake of the Woods, Long Sault 12, Manitou Rapids 11, Morley, Morson, Neguaguon Lake 25D, Rainy Lake 17A, Rainy Lake 17B, Rainy Lake 18C, Rainy Lake 26A, Rainy River, Rainy River Unorganized Territory, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Saug-a-Gaw-Sing 1, Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sleeman and Stratton.

This brings the total positive caseload in our health unit catchment to 71, with three active cases – one each in Rainy River, Dryden/Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.

The majority of cases in recent weeks have been in the under 20 and 20's age range.

For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release or comment on information about the location of specific 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.

Ontario is reporting 783 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 239 of the new cases are in Toronto, 136 are in Peel Region, 127 are in York Region and 89 are in Ottawa.

She says there are 779 newly resolved cases.

Ontario has a total of 62,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 53,291 resolved cases and 3,022 deaths.

The province says it is has hired 100 new contact tracers to help track and isolate new cases of COVID-19.

And it plans to hire up to 500 more by mid-November.

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