Five new positive COVID cases in Yellowknife

COVID-19 identified after wastewater surveillance found undetected case.

Dr. Kami Kandola, NWT chief public health officer from October 2020. (File phot/CKLB)

Five new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Yellowknife Thursday evening, all connected to travel.

Four of the cases are from a single household and one is related to international travel, a press release reads.

All the individuals were self-isolating appropriately during the period wastewater surveillance revealed undetected cases of COVID-19.

“Five undetected cases of COVID-19 uncovered in less than 24 hours is an extremely positive development as the territory works to ensure risk of community transmission is contained in the City of Yellowknife,” says Dr. Kami Kandola, the NWT chief public health officer, in the release.

Dr. Kandola says no exposure risk in public places has been identified and an investigation found minimal contacts of the infected individual’s, all of whom are also self-isolating.

However more testing and wastewater analysis is needed to assess whether there is a risk of community transmission.

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