More than 20 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Fort Good Hope

(File photo/CKLB)

There are 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to the outbreak in the Sahtú — 21 of those are in Fort Good Hope.

Additionally, there area two cases in Colville Lake (another two probable), one in Délı̨nę, one in Inuvik, six in Yellowknife (one more probable), and two probable cases in Norman Wells.

On Monday evening, the territorial government updated dozens of public exposure locations, mainly in Yellowknife.

All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated residents that were at the Fort Good Hope gathering between Aug. 5 and 9 must isolate for 10 days, backdating to the date of the exposure and get tested.

All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated residents that were at Délı̨nę Spiritual Gathering on Aug. 14 must isolate for 10 days, backdating to the date of the exposure and get tested.

Fully vaccinated individuals should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the exposure, wear a mask in public spaces, and only get tested if they develop symptoms.

Community members can arrange for testing by contacting their local health centre.

On Sunday, Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, issued a containment order in Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake to try and reduce the spread of the virus.

The order includes:

  • No gatherings in any homes or public spaces (except caretakers and childcare)
  • No outdoor gatherings with people outside of the same household
  • Non-essential businesses are closed
  • Essential businesses and facilities remain open with a maximum of 10 people inside
  • Mandatory masking in all indoor public spaces.

Public health officials are asking residents refrain from non-essential travel to and from Fort Good Hope, and Colville Lake.

They are also recommending wearing a mask in any indoor public spaces across the NWT.

Outside of the outbreak in the Sahtú, there is one non-resident worker confirmed to have COVID-19 in Norman Wells, another in Hay River, and one Yellowknife resident.

About the Author

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