Total active COVID cases drop in NWT; still rising in Hay River, Inuvik

(CKLB file photo)

The territory is reporting 57 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, the lowest increase in weeks.

The number of active cases have decreased drastically — especially in Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ and Behchokǫ̀.

There are now 151 active cases in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ and 68 cases in Behchokǫ̀.

But cases haven’t declined everywhere, in Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation there are now 21 active cases — on Oct. 15 that number was 16. Several cases were identified at Diamond Jenness Secondary School in early October and exposure notifications have been issued for other schools since.

Cases also rose in Inuvik to 14, on Oct. 15 there were eight active cases.

Dr. Kami Kandola, NWT chief public health officer, previously announced there is early community transmission occurring in Inuvik. An outbreak was declared at both the town’s shelters and certain students in junior kindergarten at East Three Elementary School were required to self isolate and arrange testing.

There are also six active cases in Fort Simpson that were announced overnight last week, but in a press conference last week Dr. Kandola said these cases are isolated and don’t present a public risk.

There is also one active case in Łutsel Kʼe, two in Fort Good Hope, two in Fort Smith and three in Whatì.

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