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Two new COVID-19 cases in Kenora region

Both new cases connected to previously identified cases, Northwestern Health Unit says
The Northwestern Health Unit announced two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

KENORA – There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Kenora region, the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) announced Sunday.

Both are connected to previously identified cases in the same region, the health unit said in a statement posted to its Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Neither case appears to be connected with a COVID-19 outbreak announced at Kenora’s Benidickson Court seniors’ living complex, the agency added.

Contact tracing is underway on the new cases, and anyone identified as a contact will be contacted directly by the health unit, it stated.

The NWHU provides only vague geographic information on new cases, citing concerns that identifying cases in small communities could risk identifying individuals involved.

The health unit’s Kenora region, where the two new cases are located, encompasses over a dozen municipalities and First Nations.

Those include English River 21, Jaffray-Mellick, Keewatin, Kenora , Kenora 38B, Lake Of The Woods 37, Minaki, Norman, Northwest Angle 33B, Rat Portage 38A, Redditt, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Sabaskong Bay 35D, Shoal Lake (Part) 39A, Shoal Lake (Part) 40, Shoal Lake 34B2, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, The Dalles 38C, Wabaseemoong, Whitefish Bay 32A, Whitefish Bay 33A, and Whitefish Bay 34A.

According to the most recent provincial data Sunday afternoon, there were 14 active cases of COVID-19 in the NWHU region, which covers the most westerly portion of the province, including the Rainy River District and part of the Kenora District.