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Five new cases in Kenora, Rainy River areas

Four of new cases connected to previously identified cases in Kenora region, health unit reports
The Northwestern Health Unit announced five new cases of COVID-19 in its Kenora and Rainy River regions. (Getty Images)

KENORA – The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) announced five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, continuing a recent surge that has hit the Kenora area particularly hard.

Four of the new cases involve residents in the health unit's Kenora region, while one is in the Rainy River District. Both of those areas, as defined by the health unit, are geographically large and include dozens of communities. A full list is available on the health unit's website.

All four of the new cases in the Kenora region are connected to previously identified cases, the health unit stated in an announcement posted to social media Saturday.

However, none appear to be associated with an outbreak announced Friday at the Benedickson Court seniors' living complex, the agency said. The health unit had warned of heightened risk of exposure to the virus in the Kenora area earlier in the week.

Contact tracing of the new cases is underway, the health unit said, while it will reach out directly to anyone identified as a contact.

With the five cases announced Saturday, there are now 14 active cases of COVID-19 in NWHU territory, which covers the most westerly portion of the province, including the Rainy River District and part of the Kenora District.

According to provincial data, another 85 cases were considered resolved.