Fort Frances adult tests positive for COVID-19

Fort Frances adult tests positive for COVID-19 Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: March 14, 2020 11:29 PM

A Fort Frances, Ontario, adult has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the Northwestern Health Unit.


According to NWHU's website, this is the first case in northwestern Ontario. 

The release says the person recently returned from international travel. NWHU says they were notified on Friday night that the person had tested positive. 

“The individual was seen, assessed and tested in Winnipeg,” Dr. Ian Gemmill, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Northwestern Health Unit said in the release. “This person is now recovering back at home in Fort Frances and is in self-isolation."

NWHU wants to assure residents of the area that COVID-19 is not circulating in the region and that the positive case contracted the illness outside of Canada.

“To date there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our area, or in most of Canada,” Gemmill said in the release.

The Town of Fort Frances issued a statement on Twitter late Saturday evening saying that activities in the community will continue as normal, and that the town is following the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer to cancel any events over 250 people.

Fort Frances borders on International Falls, Minnesota.  There have been no confirmed cases in northern Minnesota.

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