Daily Update – May 19, 2021 – as of 3:00 pm

News Type: 
Advisories

COVID-19 cases (NWT)

Current Active

Location (Region)

Confirmed/Probable

Related Exposure Risks

NWT Resident

17

Yellowknife

Confirmed

Yes

Yes

1

Diavik

Confirmed

No

No

Further Details:

None at this time

Hospitalizations

0

N.J. Macpherson School Outbreak/Yellowknife Cluster

COVID-19 cases

Total Confirmed

New Cases

Total Active

Recovered

Probable

70

1

17

53

0

Testing

Total Tests Done

Percent positivity

B.1.1.7 (UK Variant) Confirmed

Percentage of positive cases that are symptomatic

Percentage of positive cases younger than age 18

Mean age of positive cases younger than age 18

3426

2.0%

Yes

64 percent

84 percent

8.4 years

Public Exposure Notifications

New

Further Details

0

Please see all current public exposure notifications here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-exposure-notifications

*UPDATE Recommendations

The NJ Macpherson outbreak/Yellowknife cluster resulted in many COVID-19 infections. The situation is improving daily, and there is no evidence of community transmission. Because of how close Yellowknife was to community transmission, however, OCPHO feels we need to remain vigilant at this time. People should make wise choices about travel in and out of affected communities (see below) based on whether the travel is necessary.

Advice

Further Details

Only essential travel in and out of Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ, and Behchokǫ̀ is recommended at this time.

  • The OCPHO encourages necessary travel between Yellowknife, Behchoko, Dettah, Ndilo and small communities, such as travel for medical appointments.
  • The OCPHO encourages recreational travel, such as camping this long weekend. This is not considered travelling in and out of the communities. People should continue to follow public health orders and other guidance. Spending time in the NWT’s outdoors is very healthy!

 

The OCPHO is no longer advising that people work remotely

  • The OCPHO is no longer advising that people work from home in Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilo and Behchoko due to the N.J. Macpherson School outbreak.  Workers should continue to follow public health orders and other guidance. Workers within households that are isolating should follow advice from their public health unit.
  • Some households may require options to work from home due to personal circumstances, the OCPHO encourages employers and employees to consider the safest options for each individual situation.
  • Masking in indoor public spaces is still a requirement.
    • Common areas in shared buildings are public. This includes laundry rooms, elevators, hallways, garages, basements and other areas that are not specific to your unit.

Actions

Restriction Changes

Who it affects

Where it takes place

When it takes place

Mandatory masking

Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ residents

 

Yellowknife

Dettah

Ndilǫ

May 2, 2021

Mandatory masking

Behchokǫ̀ residents

Behchokǫ̀

May 3, 2021

School closures

Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ, and  residents,

 

Yellowknife

Dettah

Ndilǫ

May 2, 2021

School closures

Behchokǫ̀ Residents

Behchokǫ̀

May 3, 2021

Partial Revocation of the Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ, Dettah and Behchokǫ̀

Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ, and  Behchokǫ̀ residents

 

Yellowknife

Dettah

Ndilǫ

Behchokǫ̀

May 17, 2021

 

Amendment to COVID-19 Mandatory Face Mask Requirements

Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ, and  Behchokǫ̀ residents

 

Yellowknife

Dettah

Ndilǫ

Behchokǫ̀

May 17, 2021

Further Details:

https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/current-public-health-orders

Booking Testing

Attribution

All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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