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NWHU Covid-19 Resources

FAQs on Household Isolation (34 downloads)
Added March 3, 2020

Back to School Confirmation Form (46 downloads)
Added October 15, 2020

Child with Symptoms (44 downloads)
Updated October 8, 2020

Return to School Q&A's (43 downloads)
Updated October 8, 2020

School Covid Q&A's (44 downloads)

The Northwestern Health Unit works with partners in education so that students and school staff stay healthy. We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 in our area and will support school boards throughout the year. ​

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Gaagagekiizhik Elementary & Bimose Community High School COVID 19 information

New Travel Recommendations from NWHU

Posted December 15, 2020   9:00AM

For many, the holiday season normally comes with travel plans, however Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is advising against it this year. The new advice aligns with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations and will help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in our area.

The recommendations include:

Travel within Ontario

• Using the provincial COVID-19 response framework as a guide, people in higher transmission areas should avoid travel to lower transmission areas (e.g., from Red to Orange, from Yellow to Green) except for essential reasons.
• Avoid all non-essential travel to areas that have higher levels of COVID-19 (Orange,  Red and Grey levels).
• Those returning to our area from very high risk areas (Lockdown or Grey) in Ontario, should drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days after arriving home. This will help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Inter-provincial travel
• Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
• Self-isolate, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days after returning home to help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19.
• Manitoba border communities who use Kenora as their main service hub and do not travel west of Falcon Lake are exempt from this recommendation.

NWHU reminds people that anyone who travels and develops symptoms should self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. It is advised that residents do not host out of town guests for non-essential reasons, however, if they do host guests from higher risk areas, they should selfmonitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.

See full details here

Updated Manitoba Travel Recommendations from NWHU

Posted November 17, 2020   9:13AM

The province of Manitoba has moved to the critical (red) level in their pandemic  response system. Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba are the highest in the country.

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) urges the public not to travel to or from Manitoba unless it is for an essential purpose. Anyone who has travelled to Manitoba or is coming into our region from Manitoba should stay home and not interact with anyone outside of their household for 14 days after entering northwestern Ontario. If someone who has travelled to or from Manitoba gets symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of entering our region, they should self-isolate and get tested. Household members of that individual should also self-isolate until the test results are received.

“Interacting with someone who has recently been in Manitoba puts you at a higher risk forCOVID-19. To protect our communities, anyone who has travelled to or from Manitoba should stay at home and not interact with anyone outside of their household for 14 days after arriving in northwestern Ontario,” Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU says.

Following this recommendation may not be possible for individuals who are travelling for essential reasons such as medical services, to facilitate shared parenting arrangements, or if travelling for essential employment like health care, transportation, or law enforcement. “Those who have been in Manitoba for essential reasons should minimize interacting with anyone outside of their household as much as is reasonably possible for 14 days on entering Northwestern Ontario,” Dr. Young Hoon continues.

See full details here

New letter to Parents

Posted October 29, 2020   1:00PM

A new letter to parents has been issues from Dr. Kit Young Hoon.


Parent/Guardian Back to School Confirmation Form

Posted October 16, 2020   9:00 a.m.

The NWHU has provided a form to confirm that a student is healthy and able to return to school.

Back to School Confirmation Form (46 downloads)


Northwestern Health Unit resource updates

Posted October 8, 2020   1:00PM

The NWHU has updated some of thier school resources to match the revised Ontario School Screening Tool that was released last week.

Updated Documents:

  • Child With Symptoms
  • Return to School Q & A’s

A new letter to parents has also been issues from Dr. Kit Young Hoon.

These resources can be found under the NWHU resource list located on the left hand side of this page or directly on the COVID-19 and Schools NWHU Webpage.


School update regarding recent Covid-19 cases in Kenora area

Posted October 3, 2020   8:07PM

We remain open but are diligently following all precautionary measures when it comes to NWHU recommendations. We continue to do our detailed screening tool for all students and staff while keeping mindful of our cohorts whithin the school. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate contact  Wendy or Darcy.
Wendy McPherson – Elementary
807-548-4912 ext 102
Darcy Wickham – High School

807-548-4912 ext 110

Covid-19 Screening Tool

You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school using Online Covid-19 Screening Tool

You can fill this out on behalf of a student.

Using this tool is optional and is not tracked or enforced. If your school board or public health unit has another screening process, you can use that instead.

Alternatively you may download the offline screening tool (this form has also been sent home with students).

Covid-19 School Screening Tool (50 downloads)