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NWHU reports single new COVID-19 case

Active cases up to 63 as Northwestern Health Unit reports case in Sioux Lookout health hub, where it has warned of increased COVID-19 risk.
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SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. – The Northwestern Health Unit reported a single new case of COVID-19 Sunday, with active cases across its catchment area rising by one to 63.

The newest case is in the Sioux Lookout health hub, where the health unit warned of increasing COVID-19 risk on Saturday.

There were 35 active cases in the hub as of Sunday. Elsewhere in the NWHU, there were 16 active cases in the Kenora hub, 8 in the Dryden hub, 3 in the Fort Frances hub, and 1 in the Rainy River hub.

A full list of communities in each health hub is available at the health unit’s website.

The NWHU reported 12 new cases on Friday, and another 12 Saturday.

The NWHU had a testing positivity rate of 1.68 per cent on 1,905 tests completed over the most recent week reported, March 29 to April 4.

It had an incidence rate of 42.2 cases per 100,000 people for the most recent week reported by Public Health Ontario, April 1 to 7. That compares to incidence rates of 32 in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and 149.3 across Ontario for the same period.

The health unit has reported a total of 755 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 63 active and 692 resolved. That figure includes seven deaths in which the deceased was positive for COVID-19, though the health unit notes that includes those who may have died of another cause.

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