YELLOWKNIFE - JUNE 28, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has confirmed one new infection of COVID-19 in Yellowknife.
The infection is related to out-of-territory domestic travel. The individual is a non-NWT resident worker. Four contacts have been identified. All individuals are isolating and doing well.
As this confirmed case involves a non-NWT resident, it will not count towards the NWT’s COVID-19 case total.
Public health identifies potential public exposure to COVID-19 during a domestic flight on June 28 originating from Edmonton.
Public health worked with the airline to get flight manifests and is currently reaching out to passengers who may have been sitting in affected rows directly.
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 may be considered to have an exposure risk. No one else on the airplane is at risk of exposure.
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What to do if you were in these rows and have not been contacted:
- Contact your local health centre or public health unit to identify you are a contact seated in an affected row and arrange for COVID-19 testing.
- Continue to self-isolate at-home for 14 days after your arrival. The duration may be reduced based on an in-depth public health risk assessment.
- Your household is also required to self-isolate with you if you are not in a self-contained unit. The duration may be reduced based on an in-depth public health risk assessment.
- For more information on COVID-19 testing, click here.
All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.