On Friday, October 23, the Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of one new positive COVID-19 test result in the Kenora area. 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.
This is the second positive case for Kenora this week. The previous one was reported on Wednesday. There is no information on whether the cases are linked. As of now, there are no active cases being reported in schools, daycare centres or long-term care homes in the NWHU catchment area.
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. At the time of publication, two unresolved cases appeared at the provincial database. Both were females, one in her 20s, and the other in her 30s. The former caught the virus through close contact, but the transmission information for the woman in her 30s is listed as missing.
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.