One New COVID-19 Infection in Yellowknife

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Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE APRIL 22, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has confirmed one new infection of COVID-19 in Yellowknife.

The infection is linked to the exposure notification issued on April 21 and involves an individual at a Yellowknife school.

The individual is self-isolating.

The NWT sends a sample of the virus detected from all those diagnosed with COVID-19 to our southern lab partners to test for any Variants of Concern.

Investigation

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Approximately, 40 contacts have been identified. The local public health unit is conducting follow up with the individual and identified contacts.

Individuals identified as contacts will be advised to isolate and follow recommendations from public health. Staff and students identified as contacts must isolate 14 days and will receive a letter from public health. Students who are required to self-isolate will be supported by the school to continue their classes through distance learning. Public health is ensuring the individual and any potential contacts are supported.

Actions taken

A letter will be sent to all students and staff NOT identified as contacts attending the school to advise on appropriate public health measures. The investigation at this time does not indicate an outbreak in this setting. Students and teachers not identified as contacts should follow routine public health measures, monitor for symptoms, stay home if unwell and contact your local public health unit.

Healthy habits keep us safe

With COVID-19 infections starting to increase in the NWT right now, it’s important we are especially vigilant in sticking to the healthy habits we know work to stop COVID-19 in its tracks:

  • Self-isolate whenever required
  • Prioritize physical distance of at least six feet between yourself and others
  • Wear your mask when you’re in public
  • Stay home even if you’re a little bit sick
  • Call the local health centre and get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of sickness
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow or tissue

And let’s remember to continue to be compassionate and kind to one another. The pandemic has been tough on everyone.

How to get tested in Yellowknife

If you have symptoms and cannot find an appointment online, a limited number of walk-ins for people with symptoms can be accommodated.

Attribution

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

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