Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in NWT

This image is a computer generated representation of COVID-19 virions (SARS-CoV-2) under electron microscope. (Felipe Esquivel Reed/Wikimedia Commons).

There are now four total confirmed cases of the virus in the territory.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola’s office says both cases are linked to travel outside of the territory.

One person went to Europe before returning to Yellowknife on March 20.

They have been self-isolating since then.

According to the health officer’s investigation, the person started having symptoms five days after their return.

The other person travelled elsewhere in Canada. The notice did not say where exactly.

They returned to the NWT on March 22 to one of the small communities.

They have also been self-isolating since then and developed symptoms four days after their return.

They are reportedly now being treated at Stanton territorial hospital in Yellowknife. This is the first case to be treated in hospital.

All returning residents are supposed to stay in one of the regional centres for 14 days.

The notice about the cases says, “The manner by which they were able to return to a small community … is being investigated.”