EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The risk of contracting COVID-19 has been rising in our region, and for at least two months in Manitoba, and it is not improving. Please refer to the Northwest Angle #33 Emergency Response Levels. Chief and Council are declaring a Level Orange effective immediately. In addition, please note the following:
- The risk to travel outside of Northwestern Ontario is very high. Any travel outside of Northwestern Ontario is subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of COVID-19 test results, whether your travel is considered essential, or if you are an essential worker. There are some exceptions for the Angle Inlet community as they have special circumstances due to their geographic location between two provinces and the US border.
- The First Nation remains closed to non-residents with the exception of essential service providers and our borders will return to being regulated.
- All children under the age of 14 years (when not in school) are expected to remain in the community at all times.
- Limit going to public spaces such as grocery stores
- Shopping trips are limited to one person per household
- Households are advised to purchase enough groceries and supplies to last at least two weeks
- Abide by the shelter in place order and avoid unnecessary travel
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer
- Practice physical distancing by staying 2m (6ft) away from others
- Use a face mask if you must leave the house
- Stay home when you feel sick
- Avoid gatherings/crowds of more than 10 people
- Avoid visits to other households as you do not know the medical status of other individuals
- Do not allow visitors into your home as you do not know the medical status of other individuals
Contact the health unit if you are concerned you might have been exposed to the virus and/or have symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing (NWHU Hotline 1-866-468-2240). If you are required to self- isolate, please adhere to the instructions given.
Take care of your physical and mental health by getting adequate rest, eating well, getting information from reliable sources and keeping contact with people virtually if needed – there are counseling services available through Kenora Chiefs Advisory (tel. 807-407-5236).
Miigwetch & Stay Safe,
Chief and Council, Northwest Angle #33
The Kenora Catholic District School Board has received notification of a positive COVID-19 case at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and is working closely with the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. The positive case is being followed up by the Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case will be called and given instructions by public health.
We are working with the NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by the school can continue to attend school as usual.
For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.
All students and staff should continue to use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Visit the KCDSB website for COVID-19 Advisories for more information. As per Ministry requirements, all cases in schools will be uploaded to this website.
Thank you for your continued vigilance and dedication in following the enhanced health and safety protocols to keep our schools safe.
Yours in Catholic education,
The Kenora Catholic District School Board
The Northerwestern Health Unit (NWHU) urges the public to practice prevention measures as COVID-19 case counts increase in the Kenora region. In the past 17 days, 10 positive cases have been reported in the Kenora region, and three of these cases are currently hospitalized due to symptoms and risk factors. The Kenora region’s positivity rate is 6 times higher than what was seen during the summer and is now similar to some areas in southern Ontario.
Although some of the cases in the Kenora region were related to travel outside of the region, many of them had not travelled nor had contact with known cases. The rise in case numbers is concerning to Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU. “This surge is our region’s wake-up call. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher in the Kenora area. We’ve seen the devastation that COVID-19 has brought to other areas in Canada, and we need our residents to do everything they can to prevent the spread,” says Dr. Kit Young Hoon. “Now is the time to act. Avoid unecessary travel, stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with, do not gather with other families indoors, and stay home if you’re unwell and take a self-assessment to see if you should be tested for COVID-19,” Dr. Young Hoon says.
Together we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by taking actions that protect the health of our families and communities. The public can call NWHU’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240 with any questions or visit their website at www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19