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 has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to