Outbreaks declared at Yellowknife Montessori Pre-School and Yellowknife Women’s Centre

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Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE, Oct. 12, 2021 – The Chief Public Health Officer is declaring an outbreak at the Yellowknife Montessori School (casa, pre-school location: 5212 52 St. location) and the Yellowknife Women’s Centre (shelter location: 5610 50th Ave).

A workplace or institutional outbreak is declared when more than one person has COVID-19 at the site.

Currently there are two confirmed COVID-19 infections in people who were present at Yellowknife Montessori Pre-School during the following dates and times.

  • Monday, Oct. 4: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (and the after school program on this day)
  • Thursday, Oct. 7: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Currently there are also two confirmed COVID-19 infections in people who were present at Yellowknife Women’s Centre during the following dates and times.

  • Thursday, Oct. 7: During day (not overnight)
  • Friday, Oct. 8: During day (not overnight)
  • Saturday, Oct. 9: During day (not overnight)
  • Sunday, Oct. 10: During day (not overnight)
  • Monday, Oct. 11: During day (not overnight)

Yellowknife Public Health is following up with all known contacts both locations. If you think you should have received communication from Yellowknife Public Health but have not, please isolate immediately, arrange for testing and contact Yellowknife Public Health to receive further advice (867-767-9120).

This information will be updated should exposure timelines change

COVID-19 and Children

The CPHO will not be closing down licensed childcare centres if there is an ability to contain the outbreak on site through effective contact tracing. Childcare is an essential service.

National data continues to show that children remain at low risk of severe symptoms of COVID-19 but can transmit the virus to each other and at home. In NWT, Children are experiencing impacts of the current COVID-19 outbreak . There have been 202 cases in children under 12 since the beginning of August. These children are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Workplace and Institutional Outbreaks

The CPHO is aware of multiple workplaces and institutions with active COVID-19 activity in the Yellowknife area.

There have also been repeated COVID-19 public exposures identified at locations in Yellowknife over the past few weeks. These locations continue to be monitored for signs of outbreaks and the OCPHO will work with management to implement additional precautions as necessary.

Attribution

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

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Media Contact

COVID Communications
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
covid_comms@gov.nt.ca