2 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Fort Smith

Dr. Kami Kandola speaks at a press conference about the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 2. (Luke Carroll/ CKLB)

The office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Fort Smith.

The two infections are related to domestic travel outside the NWT and both individuals are in the same home.

The OCPHO says there is no risk to the community as both people are following self-isolation protocols and doing well.

No other contacts have been identified.

Health officials say they have sent a sample of the virus to a southern lab to see whether the cases are of a variant of concern, and await results.

The OCPHO is also reminding residents that non-essential travel is discouraged.

“If you travel, awareness is key,” reads an advisory. “Knowing the COVID-19 situation in your destination before you travel will allow you to make informed decisions about your health and safety.”

Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, and other health officials will be holding a news conference tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to announce changes to the current public health orders and release additional information around vaccination rates in the NWT.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com