According to the chief public health officer (CPHO), Dr. Kami Kandola, there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the “under-housed and vulnerable population” in Yellowknife.
The CPHO acknowledges 10 healthcare and shelter support staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 with a total of 19 infections since mid-August.
The homeless population is considered “the most at-risk” group.
Any public location should be considered a possible exposure site, reads a health advisory.
Public health says those affected by the transmission have gotten alternative facilities, supports and have been provided testing and vaccination options.
The current active case count in the NWT is 114 with 64 coming from Yellowknife.
To date, 16 residents have been hospitalized with six going to the ICU.