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Northwestern Health Unit reports four COVID-19 cases

Health unit reports three cases in Rainy River region, one in Kenora region as new cases level off
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The Northwestern Health Unit announced four new COVID-19 cases Sunday. (Getty Images)

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. – The Northwestern Health Unit reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, with three in its Rainy River region and one in the Kenora region.

Both are large areas encompassing over a dozen communities, which are fully listed on the health unit's website

Anyone identified as a contact for the new cases will be contacted directly, the NWHU said. 

It is not known whether the cases reported Sunday are connected with new cases at two long-term care homes in Fort Frances and Emo, both of which fall in the Rainy River region.

New cases have largely levelled off since the health unit reported a single-day record of 20 cases on Jan. 10, with active cases declining.

There were 12 cases active in NWHU territory as of Friday, down from 28 a week before. That included 7 in the Rainy River region, 3 in the Kenora region, and 2 in the Dryden/Red Lake region. 

The NWHU does not update its public data over the weekend.

Over the past month, the health unit has warned of localized spikes in Rainy River and Fort Frances, where the health unit deemed the situation serious enough to order schools closed for two weeks.

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