Restrictions extended for Behchokǫ̀ as community transmission continues

A check stop has been introduced to slow the spread of COVID between Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀. (CKLB file photo.)

Restrictions in Behchokǫ̀ have been extended another week as community transmission continues to occur within the community. 

Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, said in a press release there is concern COVID-19 is not resolving as quickly as expected. 

As of 9 a.m. on Thursday there were 66 cases in Behchokǫ̀, but the press release says since those numbers were calculated more individuals tested positive. It is unclear how many tested positive since, but the release says there is no clear chain of transmission meaning community transmission is still a risk. 

The restrictions, which were initially scheduled to end on Friday at 5 p.m., will now be in place until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 29. 

This means schools will remain closed for in-person learning and non-essential businesses and facilities must also remain closed. 

The release didn’t say whether the restrictions would also be extended in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ.

There are currently 252 active cases in the NWT. 

There are 125 active cases in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ. 

Hay River now has 39 active cases, while Inuvik saw no change and still has 14 active cases. 

Fort Simpson still has six active cases, Łutsel Kʼe has three, Fort Good Hope has one, Fort Smith has one and Whatì has one. 

In the press release Dr. Kandola continued to encourage anyone eligible to receive the vaccine.

In a separate press release the NWT Health and Social Services Authority announced more people are eligible for their COVID booster shot.

Anyone 50 or older in Yellowknife and 40 or older in any other community is eligible for the booster shot.

Flu shot clinics also began in Yellowknife on Thursday and can be accessed at the Centre Square Mall.

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