COVID-19 found in Hay River’s wastewater

Anyone in self-Isolation Jan. 1 to Jan. 6 in Hay River or K'atlo'deeche First Nation must arrange for COVID-19 testing, says the GNWT

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COVID-19 has been confirmed in Hay River’s wastewater.

The office of the chief public health officer (CPHO) says at least one undetected case of COVID-19 remains in the community.

Anyone in self-isolation between Jan. 1 to Jan. 6 in Hay River or K’atlo’deeche First Nation must arrange for COVID-19 testing, reads a press release.

The CPHO is still unsure as to how many undetected cases there are and if those residents are still in the community at all.

“There is not enough information to confidently assess public risk,” says Dr. Andy Delli-Pizzi, deputy CPHO for the Northwest Territories, in a press release.

Additional wastewater testing will commence in the next few days, he adds.

COVID-19 testing will be available for all Hay River residents that were self-isolating in the first week of Jan.

Testing will be available at the old medical clinic at 52 Woodland Drive from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15.

Residents can call public health at 867-874-8400 to book an appointment.

Hay River began collecting wastewater samples in late Dec. 2020.

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