YELLOWKNIFE APRIL 5, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer has confirmed a COVID-19 infection in Yellowknife.
The individual is an NWT resident and the infection is related to international travel.
The investigation and contact tracing does not identify any risk to the public at this time.
Assessment by the OCPHO is that the individual acquired the infection outside the Northwest Territories and was not communicable during air travel. Existing federal and NWT processes were followed, including COVID-19 testing at the time of arrival in Canada.
Three contacts have been identified and the individual and contacts are self-isolating and doing well. Public health will continue to monitor and support the case and contacts.
The infection will be reported in the territory’s COVID-19 statistics when the dashboard is updated on April 6.
The Public Health Agency of Canada requires that attribution of COVID-19 infections to a province or territory depend on individual’s place-of-residence.
All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.