One person diagnosed with COVID-19 in Fort Smith

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

The territory’s new rapid test machines have diagnosed on case of COVID-19 in Fort Smith.

In a public health advisory, officials say the individual recently returned from travel outside of the NWT and is isolating at home with one other person.

There is no additional exposure risk.

The ID Now machine detected the virus within 15 minutes, which was then confirmed by a second test at the Stanton hospital.

Public health officials are reminding residents to get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

“Transmission from a person with mild illness to another person can still occur, and may cause severe illness – especially if it’s someone already at high-risk,” reads the notice.

This is the NWT’s 24th confirmed case of COVID-19.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.