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NWHU reports no new COVID-19 cases

Active cases at 26 across the Northwestern Health Unit, continuing steady decline over month of May.
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The Northwestern Health Unit reported no new COVID-19 cases Saturday. (Mike Wakefield, North Shore News)

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. – There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Northwestern Health Unit Saturday, continuing a recent trend of lower case counts in the region.

That left active cases across the NWHU at 26, with 15 in the Sioux Lookout hub, 5 in the Dryden hub, 4 in the Kenora hub, and one each in the Fort Frances and Atikokan hubs.

There were no active cases in the Emo, Rainy River, or Red Lake hubs. A full list of communities in each hub is available online.

NWHU medical officer of health Dr. Kit Young Hoon said Friday she saw a trend of declining cases over the past two weeks. The active case count had topped 80 in the health unit at the beginning of May, and remained above 50 as recently as Sunday.

The health unit reported one resident in hospital with the virus Saturday.

The NWHU’s testing positivity rate was 1.38 per cent on 1,880 tests completed for the most recent week reported, May 10 to 16.

With 42,761 vaccine doses administered in the health unit, about 54 per cent of those 18 and above have received at least a first shot.

That works out to only 38 per cent of the health unit’s entire population of 82,231 people, however.

The province announced Friday it would open vaccinations to those 12 to 17 on Sunday.