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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 Northwestern Health Unit 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.

Test​ results by region

COVID-19 test results by Region, Northw​estern Health Unit catchment area* ​ ​ ​
Area​ (see legend below) ​Number of people with a positive test result Number of probable cases** Total​ ​Number resolved ​Number active
​Dryden​ / Red Lake region 20 ​0 20 19 1
Kenora region 52 2 54 34 20
​District of Rainy River 14 ​0 14 13 1
Sioux Lookout region 26 ​0 26 25 1
​Other*** ​3 ​0 3 ​3 ​0
Totals 115 2 117 94 23

​​​Source: CCM. Date Extracted: November 27, 2020

*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

Summary of test results

NWHU COVID-19 test results - summary​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Date ​Total positive results ​​Total negative results ​Total tests done ​​Positivity rate
Week of 
Nov 16-22
19 ​1,328 1,347 1.41%
To date 115 41,023 41,138 ​0.28%
Source: OLIS. Date extracted November 27, 2020
Note: numbers provided are for the entire NWHU catchment area
  • ​​NWHU updates the above table by 12 pm, Monday to Friday with any new information.
  • For reasons of privacy, NWHU does not release the location of the residence of people who test positive for COVID-19.
  • For more information about each case such as age, gender, how they acquired COVID-19, and the outcome see Ontario's COVID-19 test results data​.​


​​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