CPHO confirms first COVID-related death in NWT

Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer of the NWT, has confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 in the territory.

The individual passed away late on Monday, Aug. 23.

“My thoughts are with the person’s family, friends, and community,” said Kandola in a statement. “At a time, when we are trying to keep an entire population healthy, this death reminds us that individuals are at the heart of this effort.”

She added she would not be releasing any personal details.

Shortly after the announcement from public health, Premier Caroline Cochrane and Julie Green, minister of health and social services, issued a joint statement.

“On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, and all NWT residents, we want to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of the resident who passed away,” it reads. “Our hearts go out to you in this challenging, and difficult time. We know this is hard, but please know that we grieve with you, and so do residents across the Northwest Territories.”

They reminded residents to get vaccinated.

“This is our best defence against the virus,” it reads.

They added the territory would also do “whatever it takes, for however long it takes” to support residents.

More to come.

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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