Northwestern Health Unit Daily COVID-19 Update for January 13, 2022

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Northwestern Health Unit

KENORA – COVID-19 Update – The Northwestern Health Unit reports 55 new cases of COVID-19.

The confirmed cases are an underestimate of the true number of people with COVID-19 in the Northwestern Health Unit region, given that access to PCR testing is increasingly limited, positive rapid antigen test results are not reported to Public Health, and the likelihood that people with asymptomatic infections may not seek testing.

Since our last update, we have received a report of:

  • 1 new positive COVID-19 test result in the Atikokan Health Hub area
  • 6 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Dryden Health Hub area
  • 2 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Emo Health Hub area
  • 16 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Fort Frances Health Hub area
  • 10 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Kenora Health Hub area
  • 3 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Rainy River Health Hub area
  • 3 new positive COVID-19 test results in the Red Lake Health Hub area
  • 14 new positive COVID-19 test result in the Sioux Lookout Health Hub area
  • NWHU recommends that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, assume COVID-19 is in their community and practise preventive measures like physical distancing, wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge, good hand hygiene, and not touching their face. Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for more information on what to do next.


    Caring for someone with COVID-19

    If someone in your home has COVID-19, here are some caregiving tips to keep you and your household safe.

    • Limit the caregiving responsibilities to one person. Ideally this person would be fully vaccinated.
    • Protect yourselves by both wearing a medical mask, washing hands frequently, disinfecting high touch surfaces, distancing when possible, and maintaining good ventilation in common rooms.
    • Stock up on essential items like groceries, cleaning supplies, and prescriptions before your isolation begins.
    • Monitor the symptoms of the person you are taking care of, as well as yourself.
    • The caregiver must quarantine along with the COVID-19 positive individual.