Two separate cases of COVID-19 identified, possible travel risk

A digital recreation of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Two more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

One is a Yellowknife resident, the other is a non-resident worker at Gacho Kué mine.

The Yellowknife case is travel-related and they have been self-isolating since their arrival. Health officials say there is no community exposure risk, but there may have been a transmission period during their flight.

Airline Flight number Departing Destination Date Affected rows
Air Canada AC8225 Edmonton Yellowknife December 16 14 to 20

Residents who were seated in these rows should contact their local health centre or public health to set up a test. Those on this flight but not seated in these rows are not considered at risk.


Public health and the medical staff at Gahcho Kué identified 14 contacts, who are know isolating on site. Further risk of transmission is considered “very low.”

Officials say the worker traveled directly to the mine from “a southern province.”

“We can’t assume that every instance of COVID-19 will be contained,” said Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, in an advisory. “We need to look at our individual and collective behavior to make sure transmission is limited if COVID-19 is present in the community.”

The advisory reminds residents:

No more than five people you don’t live with at your house.
No more than 25 for organized indoor public gatherings.
No more than 50 outside – and remember, wall tents are indoors.
Keep physical distance of at least six feet, or two metres.
Bigger, more open spaces are always better.

Dr. Kandola recently spoke with CKLB and shared advice on how to stay safe going into the holiday season.

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.