14 confirmed COVID cases in YK, over 30 possible exposure locations

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Despite over 30 exposure locations across the city, the chief public health officer (CPHO) is not declaring a community-wide outbreak.

A press release issued Monday evening says all confirmed and probable cases identified to date are connected to one large cluster and the CPHO is still investigating transmission chains.

There are now 14 confirmed COVID cases in the city with six probable cases.

“More than 1,000 individuals have been specifically identified as close contacts of the N.J. Macpherson cases,” reads the press release.

The Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency has closed two schools in Behchokǫ̀ as a result.

The release says there is concern students and staff from Behchokǫ̀ may have attended group events in Yellowknife over the weekend, including a multi-school soccer tournament.

The following are locations of close contact public exposure:

Other potential exposure risk locations include:

The CPHO says all non-essential travel in and out of Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ and Behchokǫ should be suspended — except  necessary medical appointments.

Additionally, remote work is encouraged.

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