1 new COVID-19 case in Yellowknife; outbreak declared at N.J. Macpherson School

The OCPHO is also cancelling all organized youth extra-curricular activities until further notice.


The office of the chief public health officer has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at N.J. Macpherson School after one confirmed case, and at least 4 “probable” related cases.

The confirmed case is not related to travel outside of the territory, according to a public health notice.

Public health officials are reaching out directly to residents that have been identified as direct contacts. All household members of close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days after the last known exposure.

If household members are fully vaccinated (it’s been at least two weeks since your second vaccine), they do not need to self-isolate if no one in the home has any symptoms.

Exposure risks

The OCPHO has identified two public exposure risks related to the confirmed case.

  • Quiznos on Old Airport Road, on Thursday (April 29), between 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
  • N.J. Macpherson School, from April 26-29
    • Anyone at the school between these dates must isolate for 14 days beginning from May 1.
    • Get tested if you have symptoms and isolate away from other household members, if possible.

If you or any members of your household were at either location during these times, you should notify public health.

The health advisory says a letter has been sent to all staff and parents of children at N.J. Macpherson School. The school will begin remote learning on Monday, May 3 for two weeks.

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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