Fifth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed In Northwest Territories

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YELLOWKNIFE 5 April 2020 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) confirms a new case of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife.

The case is linked with travel from Latin America. There remains no evidence of community spread in the Northwest Territories.

The individual completed a self-isolation plan prior to returning to Yellowknife on March 23 and immediately went into mandatory self-isolation along with their household.  

They developed symptoms on March 31 and were tested soon after. Positive results came back within three days.

This is another case where everything was done right. The individual and their household immediately isolated, had food dropped off, and stayed home. When they developed symptoms, they called ahead and were tested safely using the necessary protective equipment.

The individual is recuperating at home. 

While public health is investigating all possible contacts 48 hours before symptoms developed and onwards, because the individual followed all instructions, they are expected to be limited.

If You Have Symptoms, Get Tested

Information is our best weapon in tracing and responding to COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories. Arranging for testing if you have symptoms is one way to help us slow the spread.

Symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you want to assess yourself, you can do it online. If your symptoms call for it, arrange your testing ahead of time – don’t go in first.

  • Yellowknife: 867-767-9120 or
  • Inuvik: 867-490–2225
  • Fort Smith: 867-621-2233 or 867-872-0562
  • Hay River: 867-874-7201 (between 08:30-16.30). After hours call Emergency Department at (867) 874-8050
  • Other Communities can call their local health centres

It can take up to one week to get the result. Your health care provider will notify you once the results are in and will provide further advice at that time. While waiting for your results, you will need to continue to self-isolate until 14 days are up, or until your symptoms have ended – whichever is longest.

If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1.

Testing Note

Testing numbers will be updated in the morning when the latest data is received. Notification of positive tests is a priority outweighing the parsing of new data.

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