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Northwestern Health Unit Dryden

Update May 6, 2021:

  • What an opportunity… your own Q&A session with a doctor! Have your COVID-19 questions answered by Dr. Kit Young Hoon next Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m. Click to learn more: 
  • Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines are safe! 
  • A lot of people are getting tested for COVID-19 across our region. And that’s good! Testing as soon as symptoms start is one of the best ways to stop the spread. Learn more about why the timing of testing is so important: 

Update 28, 2021: The amount of COVID-19 information out there is overwhelming. Be sure you are using factual information. The Northwestern Health Unit has what you need. Stay informed and up to date by visiting their website: 

Update April 13, 2021: Join the NWHU & their partners on April 22 for an online workshop for older adults (60+). 
Learn about mental health, mental illness and addiction, what affects the mental health of older adults, and ways you can stay well.
To register, contact Bonnie Tourond at: or (807) 223-8841

Update March 3, 2021: What should you do if someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms? Everyone in your household must stay home if anyone has symptoms or is waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms. Stay home until the person with symptoms gets a negative COVID-19 test result, is cleared by public health, or is diagnosed with another illness.

Update February 22, 2021: When developing a vaccine, scientists make sure it is safe, effective and manufactured to the highest quality. All vaccines approved for use in Canada go through rigorous testing and safety protocols – including the COVID-19 vaccine! Find out more here:

The Northwestern Health Unit is here to answer any questions you have about COVID-19. Give them a call Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or visit:

You should get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Even if the symptoms are mild and go away quickly – get tested! Call your local assessment centre to book an appointment. Remember that you are required to self-isolate as soon as symptoms start and remain isolated until your test results are back.

Update February 9, 2021: The Ontario Government has a 3-phased COVID-19 vaccine plan in place. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to, but it will take some time. We are currently in the first phase of the plan which focuses on populations that are at greater risk of COVID-19.   Learn more about the plan and when you can expect to get vaccinated by visiting their website:

How will you know when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine? As we move through each phase of the Ontario Government’s vaccine distribution plan, we will keep you updated through radio, newspapers, social media and through our community partners. Please be patient – timelines for the general public are dependent on vaccine supply and clinics are still months away. But rest assured – no one will be forgotten or left out!

Have your COVID-19 questions answered! Join Dr. Kit Young Hoon next Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 pm. Click to learn more:  

Update February 5, 2021: Can you stop wearing a mask once you get vaccinated? In short – no. The vaccine is very effective and reduces the risk of COVID-19 by about 95%. BUT, you may still be able to spread the virus to others who are not yet vaccinated. To keep those around you safe and healthy, you will need to continue practicing all prevention measures after getting vaccinated, including wearing a mask.

If you are planning any international travel, know before you go! In addition to proof of a negative test prior to departure, all travelers arriving in Canada must reserve a room in an approved hotel for 3 nights and take a COVID-19 test on arrival – all at their own cost. International flights will be directed to 4 airports only – Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The time will come when it is safe to travel again, but it’s not right now.

Update February 3, 2021: A reminder that if you enter a different province, you are required to follow that province’s COVID-19 restrictions and orders.

Update January 25: If you have questions about COVID-19 please call the Northwestern Health Unit,l Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 1-866-468-2240 or visit:

If you are not feeling well, isolate and take the online self-assessment. It will let you know if your symptoms may be related to COVID-19 and if you should get tested. Just remember to follow through with the recommendation. If it advises you to get tested, get tested – even if your symptoms are mild and you start to feel better.

Update January 21: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Keep following public health measures! Watch this friendly and important reminder from the Government of Canada:

Update from Norwestern Health Unit: Health Unit staff are immunizing 2019-2020 grade 7 students who missed their second dose of immunizations due to COVID-19 and school closures. Please contact your local NWHU office to book an appointment. Get caught up before school starts.  Link below for more information

All 2019-2020 grade 7 students who missed their second dose of immunizations due to COVID-19 and school closures, please contact your local NWHU office to book an appointment.      

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

   807-223-3301 or 1-888-404-4231      

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