Cases rising in Hay River, declining in rest of NWT

Hay River lifted its full fire ban on May 31. (CKLB file photo)

Cases in Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation continued rising over the weekend. 

There are now 58 active cases in the two communities, that number was at 50 last Friday.

Hay River is under a gathering restriction while K’atl’odeeche First Nation is under a containment order.

These orders ban in-person learning and place limits on the number of people who can be inside non-essential businesses. 

Meanwhile cases declined in every other community across the territory. 

Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ are now at 91 active cases, 20 less than last Friday. However, 14 new cases were reported over the weekend, but the number of recoveries outpaced the new infections. 

Children from those three communities were able to return to the classroom on Monday after weeks of at-home learning. 

Behchokǫ̀ is at 42 active cases, a decline of 35 cases over the weekend. Only five new infections were reported in that time.

The community is still under a gathering order and restrictions are set to loosen on by midnight on Friday.

Inuvik reported three new cases over the weekend and now has 10 active cases, it was at 14 last Friday.

An outbreak was declared at Inuvik’s homeless shelters in mid-October, forcing both facilities to temporarily close. A similar situation happened in Yellowknife in early September.

There is also a single active case in Wekweètì and Fort Smith. 

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