Steve Norn identifies himself and family member as the two YK COVID cases

Exposure notices issued for École St. Patrick High School, the Racquet Club and Taste of Saigon.

Steve Norn confirmed he and a family member have contracted COVID-19. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB)

Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn confirmed he and a family member have tested positive for COVID-19 — explaining the origin of the two cases identified in Yellowknife this week.

“I have chosen to identify myself as the positive COVID test result this week. The second confirmed test announced today is a member of my family, and is self-isolating,” Norn wrote in a press release. 

He says he travelled by car to Alberta on April 1 as the result of a family emergency and returned on April 4. He says he self-isolated for the full 14 days.

The positive case was first identified on Monday evening as a result of the wastewater testing. The chief public health officer (CPHO) advised anyone who had been self-isolating between April 14 to 17 to be tested. 

Norn says he followed this advice despite having no symptoms and discovered on Tuesday he was the positive case. 

A second positive case was confirmed on Thursday. 

The positive cases have triggered exposure notices at several Yellowknife institutions. 

The first was Taste of Saigon, which Norn allegedly went to the day after his isolation had finished. The exposure notice was for April 19 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The CPHO issued another exposure notice for a Yellowknife school for April 21. École St. Patrick High School confirmed it was the school in question on twitter. 

The Yellowknife Racquet Club announced on Facebook it is the latest exposure notice. The gym says the exposure was reported on April 18, and “a small group of contacts” have been identified and are in touch with the CPHO.

Norn posted on Facebook on March 26 that he had received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine. However, a person is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

According to Cabin Radio, Norn broke isolation to enter the legislature, but CKLB has not independently confirmed this.