CPHO: Wastewater samples collected in Yellowknife confirm COVID-19

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

The presence of COVID-19 was confirmed in Yellowknife wastewater, the NWT chief public health officer (CPHO) says.

“There is likely an undetected case of COVID-19 in Yellowknife,” says Dr. Kami Kandola, CPHO.

The CPHO asks residents who were isolating between Nov. 30 until Dec. 9 to get tested, immediately.

“You should get tested now even if you don’t have symptoms,” says Mike Westwick, spokesperson for the Covid-19 Secretariat.

Essential service workers with exemptions should also get tested, he adds, unless you are a high risk worker that is already tested as part of their job.

Public Health collects wastewater regularly to track for the presence of COVID-19.

According to the press release, “there is not enough information to confidently assess public risk.”


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