Outbreak reported at Aven Manor, only household members allowed to gather indoors in YK

A COVID outbreak has been declared at Aven Manor in Yellowknife. (Photo by Luke Carroll/ CKLB.)

A COVID outbreak has been declared at Aven Manor long-term care facility in Yellowknife.

On Sept. 30 the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) says one person who lives or works at Aven Manor has tested positive — an outbreak is declared in a long-term care facility when one person in the facility develops COVID.

A press release says the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) has implemented protective measures in long-term care facilities throughout the pandemic. This includes continuous masking of all staff and visitors, vaccination, staff and visitor screening questionnaires, and limitations to numbers of visitors.

Aven Manor is now closed to visitors and there will be site wide testing for staff and residents, as well as enhanced environmental cleaning.

On Wednesday evening, the CPHO made more restrictions for gatherings in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah as households are no longer allowed to host visitors indoors. This means only household members are allowed to be indoors.

Previously a household could have five indoor guests, with a maximum of 10 people in the home at one time.

There are exemptions for the order, which include single member households who can bubble with one additional household; caregivers providing care to an individual; regularly scheduled childcare arrangements and respite needs; people responding to emergencies and previously approved family reunification.

The CPHO said on Wednesday there are 172 active cases in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah, a number that continues to rise.

There are also 91 active cases in Behchokǫ, the CPHO has listed the community as an exposure site and anyone who has visited since Sept. 15 is asked to self monitor.

Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation have eight active cases, Whatì has four, Délı̨nę has three, Fort Smith has two and Fort Simpson has one.

The CPHO is reporting that Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake no longer have active COVID cases, however there is an exposure notification for a flight from Yellowknife to both communities.

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Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from Brockville, Ont. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. Luke is a graduate of Carleton University's bachelor of journalism program. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at luke.carroll@cklbradio.com