Inuvik COVID case confirmed; Yellowknife still waiting

Dr. Andy Delli Pizzi, deputy chief public health officer, spoke at a press conference on Friday after three presumptive COVID-19 cases were reported in the NWT. (Luke Carroll/CKLB)

The territorial government has received confirmation that an individual in Inuvik has COVID-19.

“This individual… is recovery safely at home,” reads a GNWT public notice.

On Friday, the government announced three presumptive cases — one in Inuvik and two in Yellowknife.

The person in Inuvik drove to the community from Alberta.

The notice says there is no further risk to Inuvik or any community along the route they took.

Public health officials are still waiting for confirmatory results for the two cases in Yellowknife.

At a press conference last Friday, the government said it was hoping to have results on Saturday from Alberta.

“Despite the fact the tests remain presumptive, public health has always treated these tests as positive as far as contact tracing and response,” reads the notice.

It adds that the contact tracing investigation is ongoing.

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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 francis@cklbradio.com