YELLOWKNIFE APRIL 20, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has confirmed two infections of COVID-19 in Fort Smith.
The two infections are related to domestic travel outside the NWT. Both individuals are part of the same household.
No risk to the public has been identified as appropriate self-isolation procedures were followed by both individuals after travel and no other contacts have been identified in the NWT.
Both individuals continue to self-isolate and are doing well.
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.
If You’re Travelling – Plan Ahead, Be Aware
Because of rising transmission rates across Canada and the globe, non-essential travel outside the territory is not recommended right now.
There are currently significant outbreaks in areas where NWT residents would routinely travel in different times.
If you travel, awareness is key. Knowing the COVID-19 situation in your destination before you travel will allow you to make informed decisions about your health and safety.
Links to information from two areas of frequent routine travel are included in our relevant links for reference.
There is also information online for each province and territory showing where the highest areas of COVID-19 incidence are. You can find other data on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.
Practice healthy habits
As COVID-19 infections continue to increase across Canada, it’s important that we stick to healthy habits that we know work to stop COVID-19 in its tracks, including:
- Self-isolate whenever required.
- Stay home when you’re sick – even if it’s just a sniffle.
- Contact your local health centre or public health unit to arrange COVID-19 testing at the first sign of any illness.
- Keep two metres, or six feet, of distance between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask when you’re in public or when it’s tough to keep distance.
- Wash your hands – and do it a lot.
- Keep coughs and sneezes to yourself.
We can all lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19 by following healthy habits.
All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.