Number of active COVID-19 cases in Thunder Bay district hits highest in nearly 9 months

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 over the Christmas weekend.

The health unit announced the positive tests on Monday, which covers a three-day period. The number of active cases for the district is 152, the highest since early April.

The majority of new cases – 76 – are in the Thunder Bay area. The remaining 13 are located in district communities.

Thirty-four are household contacts or other close contacts of existing cases, 12 are linked to travel outside northwestern Ontario and four had no known exposure to the virus. A determination of the source of exposure for 39 cases remains pending.

There have been 402 reported cases in the first 27 days of December, including 158 in the last seven days.

Omicron spreads in Northwestern Health Unit region

The Northwestern Health Unit announced 79 new cases, bringing its number of active cases to 172.

Of the new cases, there are 24 in each of the Kenora and Dryden health centers. Sioux Lookout Health Center had 12, including eight in Red Lake Health Center, six in Fort Frances Health Center and five in Emo Health Center.

Northwestern Health Unit officials have warned that the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the region and is likely present in all local communities.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Kit Young Hoon said the risk of being exposed to the virus increases with the number of gatherings.

There are also concerns that the increase in the number of cases will soon place demands on the health care system beyond its capacity.

“As the number of cases increases, hospitalizations often do as well,” Young Hoon said.

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