18 new COVID cases reported across NWT

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There are now 265 active cases of COVID-19 across the Northwest Territories.

Eighteen new cases were reported on Thursday, 12 of which were in Norman Wells bringing its total active case count to 41, the community was placed in a containment order for 10 days starting on Aug. 25.

Behchokǫ̀ recorded its first case of COVID-19, although wastewater testing identified the presence of COVID in the community earlier this week.

Yellowknife has three new cases for a total of 39, Colville Lake recorded one new case and sits at 76 active cases, while Gamètì recorded its second case in as many days.

Several communities didn’t have any new cases to report, this includes Fort Good Hope which still has 89 total cases, Délı̨nę that has nine, Inuvik has one, Fort Smith has one, Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation has three cases and Fort Providence has three cases.

A press release by the Chief Public Health Officer says there have been less than 10 cumulative hospitalizations to date. It is unclear how many patients are currently hospitalized.

A territory-wide mandatory masking order was implemented Thursday morning in an effort to slow the spread. This means all residents are required to wear a mask while in a public indoor setting.

Colville Lake and Fort Good Hope remain under a containment order until Sept. 4.


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