Outbreak declared at Legislative Assembly; cases keep rising in YK, Dettah and Ndilǫ

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Legislative Assembly building in Yellowknife.

The chief public health officer (CPHO) announced on Sunday that there are six confirmed cases and two probable cases.

The confirmed cases were at the Legislative Assembly on Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
And Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who attended the Legislative Assembly on any of those dates is asked to self-isolate immediately and arrange for a test.

The exposure delayed the hearing into a conduct complaint against MLA Steve Norn.

There have also been outbreaks declared at Avens Long Term Care, RTL Construction at Giant Mine, the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road worksite, Chateau Nova Hotel, Homebase Yellowknife Youth Centre and Precious Reio Family Day Home.

The GWNT has been regularly updating the exposure locations across the territory, but there have been regular exposure notifications for several locations in Yellowknife including Vital Abel House, both Independent Grocers, the CO-OP and Walmart.

New cases

The number of active COVID cases have continued to rise in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ, while they have shown signs of slowing in Behchokǫ̀.

However, the CPHO says there is still cause for concern in Behchokǫ̀.

In the latest numbers provided last Friday, 45 new cases were announced.

There are now 281 active cases in Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife, while 152 were reported in Behchokǫ̀.

There is also one COVID case in Inuvik, one in Łutsel Kʼe, one in Fort Good Hope, one in Norman Wells, eight in Fort Smith, seven in Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation, two in Wekweètì and one in Whatì.

The number of cases confirmed since mid-August has grown to 1341 of which 456 are active.

The CPHO says there are currently 69 children under the age of 12 who have COVID, these are children not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Since the start of the current outbreak, 44 people have been hospitalized and 16 people have been admitted to the intensive care unit.

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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