First case of COVID-19 confirmed in NWT

On Saturday afternoon, several officials held a press conference. Here is an update with that additional information.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories.

According to a news release sent late Saturday morning, the person travelled to B.C. and Alberta before returning home to Yellowknife.

They were self-isolating after their return and developed symptoms during that time.

The CPHO has directed those in contact with the person to also self-isolate immediately.

According to the release, “the individual’s condition has improved and they are recovering at home.”

The CPHO is confirming the individual is from Yellowknife since it does not breach their privacy.

If there are cases in smaller communities the CPHO maintains it will not say which community.

This is the first confirmed case of nearly 300 tests done across the territory.

The CPHO will be holding a news conference this afternoon on the confirmed case and the recent order limiting travel into the territory.

We will update as more information becomes available.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.