CPHO confirms two ‘probable’ cases of COVID-19 in Fort Liard

"Probable cases are treated the same as confirmed cases in an investigation," says Dr. Kami Kandola, CPHO in a  statement.

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

Health officials say two additional “probable cases” of COVID-19 have been identified in Fort Liard.

This update comes after the community was placed under a two-week lockdown on Saturday.

The territory’s total case number stands at 28, with 24 recovered and zero hospitalizations, according to a statement released Monday.

A total to three confirmed cases and two probable COVID-19 infections are in Fort Liard — a community of 500.

The rapid response team administered 60 tests in Fort Liard on Jan. 18.

“Probable cases are treated the same as confirmed cases in an investigation,” says Dr. Kami Kandola, the Chief Public Health Officer in a  statement.

However, probable cases will not be included in the NWT’s COVID-19 dashboard until confirmed.

The investigation continues in Yellowknife where a case was identified with no source and Hay River where a wastewater testing confirmed the presence of COVID-19.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to call the rapid response team at 867-695-1655.

More updates to come …

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