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NWHU reports 55 new COVID-19 cases

Number of Northwestern Health Unit residents in hospital with the virus remains at eight.

The Northwestern Health Unit reported 55 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with the number of active cases and hospitalizations remaining stable.

There were eight NWHU residents reported to be in hospital with the virus, unchanged from the day before.

Of the 55 new cases reported Thursday, the majority were in the Fort Frances (16), Sioux Lookout (14), and Kenora (10) areas.

Those areas also account for the majority of the NWHU’s 352 active cases, a figure that rose by six Thursday.

There were 134 active cases in each of the Kenora and Sioux Lookout areas, 36 in Fort Frances, 20 in Dryden, and fewer than 10 in the health unit’s other areas, which it refers to as “health hubs.”

The health unit repeated its caution that limited access to PCR testing meant its case numbers will significantly underestimate the true spread of the virus in the region.

The NWHU reported 85.2 per cent of residents five and older had received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, with 94.1 per cent having received at least a first dose.

The agency has previously warned that data could slightly overestimate vaccine coverage in the region.

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