Daily Update – May 20, 2021 – as of 12:00 pm

News Type: 
Advisories

COVID-19 cases (NWT)

Current Active

Location (Region)

Confirmed/Probable

Related Exposure Risks

NWT Resident

12

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

0

12

58

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

3466

2.0%

Yes

64 percent

84 percent

8.4 years

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 based on whether the travel is necessary.

  • 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!

Actions

Applicable only to Yellowknife; Dettah; Ndilǫ; and, Behchokǫ̀:

Public Exposure Notifications

https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-exposure-notifications

 

Booking Testing

Attribution

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

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