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Northwestern Health Unit regional COVID-19 results

About the COVID-1​9 test and reporting process

NWHU receives lab confirmation about cases when testing is complete. Before sharing this information with media or posting it to our website, we have to be sure of our facts.

We conduct a full investigation on each case to ensure that the report is about a resident of the NWHU area and to determine what risk there is to the community. We act quickly to ensure that cases and contacts are in isolation - the most important measure that needs to be in place to remove risk to the community.

Wask that you wait to share any information about cases until NWHU has confirmed and shared it on our webpage or social media.

NWHU is governed by the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and cannot release information to the public that may identify individuals. Legally we have been advised to group cases using four regions in the catchment area due to the fact that the province releases data on each new case. When that data is combined with a specific location, it may allow a person to be identified because of our small population and geography.

Test​ results by region

COVID-19 test results by Region, Northw​estern Health Unit catchment area* ​ ​ ​
Area​ (see legend below) ​Active Ca​ses Resolved Cases Total​ Confirmed Cases
​Dryden​ / Red Lake region 3 30 33
Kenora region 63 219 282
​District of Rainy River 1 83 84
Sioux Lookout region 3 40 43
​Other*** 0 5 5
Totals 70 377 447

​​​Source: CCM. Date Extracted: February 25, 2021. 

This table is updated weekdays (not including statutory holidays) by 12pm

*Test results are grouped according to the primary residence address provided by the individual at the time of testing.
** Deemed to be a COVID-19 case by NWHU based on symptoms without a conclusive positive test result. These cases are not included in the Ministry of Health stats
*** These cases have a primary residence outside of the NWHU region and have not been to the NWHU region. Occasionally old addresses are used on lab requisitions and cases are assigned to a health unit based on their previous area of residence

Active Cases
in brackets refer to cases who have a permanent residence outside of the NWHU region, but are currently located within our catchment area.  These cases are not counted as part of NWHU’s confirmed case count, as they are recorded within the region of their home address.  NWHU conducts contact tracing and monitoring of self-isolation for all cases within our region, including anyone who is here temporarily or not currently identified as a permanent resident.​

Summary of test results

NWHU COVID-19 test results - summary​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Date ​Total positive results ​​Total negative results ​Total tests done ​​Positivity rate
Feb 15-21 85 2,172 2,257 3.77%
To date 447 68,907 69,354 ​0.64%
Source: OLIS. Date extracted February 25, 2021. 
Note: numbers provided are for the entire NWHU catchment area

This table is updated weekdays (not including statutory holidays) by 1pm.
W​eekly Summary by Health Hub 

Detailed COVID-19 statistics

F​or detailed statistics about COVID-19 in our catchment area, download​ our most current data document.


​​NWHU region legend

​Region​ Includes the f​ollowing municipalities and Census Divisions
​Dryden / Red Lake ​Balmertown, Cochenour, Dryden, Eagle Lake 27, Eagle River, Ear Falls, Eton-Rugby, Ignace, Machin, Madsen, Mckenzie Island, Melgund, Minnitaki, Oxdrift, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay, Wabauskang 21, Wabigoon, Wabigoon Lake 27​
Kenora ​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, Whitefish Bay 34A
District of ​Rainy River ​Alberton, Atikokan, Barwick, Big Grassy River 35G, Big Island Mainland 93, Chapple, Couchiching 16A, Dawson, Devlin, Emo, Finland, Fort Frances, La Vallee Township, Lake of the Woods, Long Sault 12, Manitou Rapids 11, Morley, Morson, Neguaguon Lake 25D, Rainy Lake 17A, Rainy Lake 17B, Rainy Lake 18C, Rainy Lake 26A, Rainy River, Rainy River Unorganized Territory, Sabaskong Bay (Part) 35C, Saug-a-Gaw-Sing 1, Seine River 23A, Seine River 23B, Sleeman, Stratton
Sioux Lookout
​Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake 63C, Deer Lake, Hudson, Kee-Way-Win, Lac Seul 28, MacDowell Lake, Muskrat Dam Lake, North Spirit Lake, Osnaburgh 63B, Pickle Lake, Pikangikum 14, Poplar Hill, Sachigo Lake 1, Sandy Lake 88, Sioux Lookout, Slate Falls, Weagamow Lake 87
Other ​Primary residence is outside of the NWHU catchment area
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DISCLAIMERNWHU’s reports of COVID-19 cases are based on the best available information at the time of publication.  Data are derived from the Ministry of Health Case and Contact Management (CCM) system, which is the official source for COVID-19 statistics in the province.  There may be times when the COVID-19 statistics on the Ministry’s website do not match those reported by NWHU because updates take place at different times of the day.  Data are being entered into CCM continuously, and may be amended as new information becomes available.

During the week, our reports are based on the data in CCM.  On weekends, these reports are based on lab results that we receive, incoming reports from other jurisdictions, and any information that has been entered into CCM.   Because we use multiple sources of information on the weekends, we need to reconcile the statistics during the week to ensure that no duplicate cases were reported, or cases missed.  This explains why reported values may not correspond to notices sent out on the weekends.

The statistics and notices provided by NWHU are an important information tool for the public and local partners to understand the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.  Trends over time help all of us to plan our response to COVID-19, but because of the limitations in reporting methods day-to-day variations in the numbers should not be used to decide when to start personal protective measures like physical distancing, mask wearing, or hand washing.