One COVID-19 case confirmed in Fort Smith

News Type: 
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE – August 3, 2021 – An NWT resident in Fort Smith who returned from travel from outside the territory has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The person is isolating and doing well.

No public exposures occurred, and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has not identified any risk to the public. This incident demonstrates that the current public health measures are working to identify cases early and minimize the risk of further spread.

The OCPHO would like to remind the public that we expect an increase in COVID-19 introductions into NWT as case numbers increase in the rest of Canada, public health measures are relaxed in many places, and travel volume into NWT increases. To help determine your personal comfort level related to travel risk, please visit Travel Hotspots on the GNWT COVID-19 website.

Evidence is showing that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is becoming more common in Canada and that COVID-19 is shifting to a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. Those who are not protected are at higher risk. Getting vaccinated is the best protection for yourself and your community. For more information, please search “Delta Variant” in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the GNWT COVID-19 website.


All commentary is to be attributed to Dr. Andre Corriveau, Acting Chief Public Health Officer for the NWT.

NWT’s COVID-19 dashboard will be updated within 24 hours.

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Media Contact

Dawn Ostrem
Manager, COVID Communications
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories