Public Health Advisory – October 15, 2021

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YELLOWKNIFE October 15, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is advising residents in Inuvik that there is evidence of early community transmission being seen in the community. Individuals in the community have tested positive for COVID-19 with no clear identifiable path of transmission which means the positive diagnosis cannot be linked to other COVID-19 infections or cluster of infections. These positive diagnoses are occurring in different demographic groups in the community and are not limited to the underhoused population.

This is similar in nature to the situation that occurred at the very beginning of the Yellowknife outbreak that grew in size and risk to the point that additional public health measures were implemented. 

The OCPHO is encouraging all residents of Inuvik to practice healthy habits:

  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Avoid gathering in large numbers
  • Wear a mask in all indoor public spaces
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or even a little unwell
  • Remain vigilant about your own personal risk mitigation measures

Contact the Inuvik Public Health offices, at 867-777-7246, if you are feeling any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. COVID-19 testing will be available at 10:00AM and 2:00PM daily over the weekend, October 16 and 17, at the 66 Franklin Road location.

Click here for additional information and advice about the COVID-19 situation in Inuvik.

The OCPHO is declaring a workplace outbreak at City Cabs.  Anyone who took a City Cab from September 29 through to today should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, even just a runny nose, arrange for COVID-19 testing.

In Yellowknife COVID-19 testing takes place at 108 Archibald Street, across from the Folk on the Rocks parking lot. Walk-in appointments are available daily between 9:00AM and 11:00AM. Appointments can be made through the online booking tool. A shuttle is available to transport individuals in need of testing by calling 867-766-8650. 

The OCPHO is declaring the outbreak at the Snare Lake Hydro worksite over as of October 11, 2021. 


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

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Media Contact

Richard Makohoniuk

Manager, COVID Communications

COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories