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New COVID case reported in Kenora

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Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Kenora area, Wednesday, October 21.

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 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.

That brings our region's total caseload up to 72. There is currently one other active case, in the rainy River region. That individual is listed on the provincial data as a close contact of a previous positive case.

There is no indication yet if this new Kenora case is related to a rash of nine cases earlier this month, including at least one staff member at Birchwood Terrace, and several school related cases. There are currently no reports of cases in schools or long-term care homes in the region.

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 at www.nwhu.on.ca for instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an assessment centre.

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