Individual Diagnosed With COVID-19 in NWT

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YELLOWKNIFE February 11, 2021 –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 connected to domestic travel outside of the NWT.

The individual immediately self-isolated and is doing well.


Public health identifies potential public exposure to COVID-19 during the domestic flight to Yellowknife.

Actions taken

Public health worked with the airline to get flight manifests and has called passengers who may have been sitting in affected seats directly.

Public risk

Public health has completed its assessment and does not identify any other situations where the public was at risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Only those in the rows identified below may be considered to have an exposure risk. No one else on the airplane is at risk of exposure.  

This is based on the expert assessment of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Flight information


Flight number




Affected rows





February 8

2 to 15

What to do if you were in these rows and have not been contacted:

  • Continue to self-isolate at-home for 14 days after your arrival as required.
  • Your household is also required to self-isolate with you if you are not in a self-contained unit.
  • Contact your local health centre or public health unit to arrange for COVID-19 testing.
  • For information on COVID-19 testing, click here.

As COVID risk grows, take control by shrinking gatherings

We are now regularly seeing new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT. So far, they have been contained because people are taking the right steps to keep communities safe.

But we can’t assume that every instance of COVID-19 will be contained. We need to look at our individual and collective behavior to make sure transmission is limited if COVID-19 is present in the community. Keeping gatherings small is a way for you and yours to take some control over transmission risk.

COVID-19 moves quickly in crowds – no matter whether they are traditional, religious, or family get-togethers. It can happen any time there are a lot of people close together.

To prevent transmission, remember the guidance:

  • No more than five people you don’t live with at your house.
  • No more than 25 for organized indoor public gatherings.
  • No more than 50 outside – and remember, wall tents are indoors.
  • Keep physical distance of at least six feet, or two metres.
  • Bigger, more open spaces are always better.

With risk across Canada at its highest level since the pandemic began, you can limit risk to your families, friends and communities by taking these steps.


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

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