86 new COVID cases reported over weekend

Dr. Kami Kandola told reporters Wednesday that she will be giving schools the OK to open on May 17. (Brett McGarry/CKLB Radio photo)Dr. Kami Kandola. (Brett McGarry/CKLB Radio photo)

Another 86 cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend.

The chief public health officer wrote in a press release there are 334 active cases in the territory.

Of the cases, 220 are in Yellowknife, 105 in Behchokǫ̀, four in Fort Smith, two in Hay River, three in Wekweètì, one in Whatì, one in Délı̨nę and one in Fort Good Hope.

The press release says the outbreak is pushing the capacity of the NWT’s healthcare system.

“The current outbreak situation northerners are collectively facing is serious.”

There have been 35 hospitalizations connected to this outbreak and 13 people have been admitted to the intensive care unit.

On Monday, the CPHO placed travel restrictions on Behchokǫ̀ requiring anyone leaving or entering the community to provide proof of vaccination, a negative test of an exemption letter for emergencies.

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