Colville Lake hit hard by COVID as cases keep rising

Colville Lake sign at the community's airport. (Photo by Luke Carroll/ CKLB.)

Around a third of the population of Colville Lake has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest numbers from the territorial government.

A press release says 55 people have tested positive in the community that has a population of 151.

Colville Lake has the lowest vaccination rate in the territory according to the GNWT’s COVID-19 dashboard, 28 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated and 16 per cent partially vaccinated.

The territory is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 territory-wide on Thursday. It says there are still under five hospitalizations.

In Fort Good Hope there are now 78 confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to the community’s Local Emergency Management Organization there have been 357 tests completed in Fort Good Hope as of Thursday evening, giving the community nearly a 22 per cent positivity rate.

There are also seven confirmed cases in Délı̨nę, 10 in Norman Wells, one in Inuvik and 19 in Yellowknife.

More exposure locations have been issued for Inuvik, including the Mad Trapper bar on Aug. 15 and the Legion on Aug. 14. Anyone who was at either location on those evenings must isolate for 10 days and get tested if they are unvaccinated or monitor their symptoms if they are vaccinated.

The same rules apply for the additional exposure locations in Yellowknife that included the Black Knight on Aug. 10, 13 and 14 and Harleys Hardrock Saloon on Aug. 13.

Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake have been placed under a containment order as a result of the outbreak.

This means no gatherings are allowed at any time in homes or in public places, with exceptions for homecare and childcare.

No gathering outdoors with anyone you do not live with.

Non-essential businesses and facilities must close, including community centres and schools.

All people must wear masks in any public indoor spaces.

Fort Good Hope Chief Tommy Kakfwi has declared a state of emergency for the community and says the Canadian Red Cross has been called in.

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Luke Carroll
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