Non-Resident Worker Diagnosed With COVID-19 in NWT

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Safely isolating in Yellowknife. No health risk to public identified.


YELLOWKNIFE January 1, 2021 – A non-resident worker is safely isolating in Yellowknife after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The patient is asymptomatic and is doing well.


The individual arrived in Yellowknife via domestic air travel.

The individual followed all COVID-19 safety requirements and protocols at all times, including immediately self-isolating upon arrival in Yellowknife.

Actions taken

The individual tested positive for COVID-19 due to targeted screening in their second week after arrival in Yellowknife.

Public health has provided isolation advice to the individual specific to their situation, and will continue to monitor the patient throughout the isolation period.

Public risk

The individual was not in the infectious period for COVID-19 transmission at the time of their flight to Yellowknife. There is no risk to the travelling public.

The individual had no contacts during self-isolation prior to receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19.  

Stay the course

Vaccinations have begun in the NWT. This is a turning point in the pandemic.

The territory is expected to receive enough vaccine by the end of March to get 75% of adults vaccinated.

But there’s still work to do. There will always be risk until vaccination occurs across the territory. And we now know there is a more contagious mutation of COVID-19 in Canada.

Everyone has already made a lot of sacrifices to keep COVID-19 under control within our boundaries. Now is the time to stay the course, double down, and make those sacrifices matter.

Do your part by sticking to the healthy habits we know work to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

  • Self-isolate whenever required.
  • Stay home when you’re sick – even if it’s just a sniffle.
  • Contact your local health centre or public health unit to arrange COVID-19 testing at the first sign of any illness.
  • Keep two metres, or six feet, of distance between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask when you’re in public or when it’s tough to keep distance.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Keep coughs and sneezes to yourself.


All remarks and information in this release is attributed to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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