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2 positive cases of COVID-19 at Imperial Oil worksite in Norman Wells

No public exposure risk has been identified after two non-resident workers were diagnosed "on inbound screening." The two cases are said not to be linked.

Cases are said to be isolated and contained

Imperial Oil's processing facility in Norman Wells, pictured in 2018. (Katie Toth/CBC)

Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Norman Wells. Both are at the Imperial Oil work site in the community.

The Town of Norman Wells, N.W.T., first announced a positive case of COVID-19 at an Imperial Oil worksite in the community Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement was posted to the town's Facebook page. According to the notice, signed by Mayor Frank Pope, a transient worker arrived in Norman Wells on Tuesday on an Imperial Oil charter flight from Edmonton.

A notice from the oil company, posted to the Norman Wells Announcements Facebook page the same day, says the person is in isolation and has no symptoms. It says the company is following the guidance of the territory and has taken "precautionary measures" to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer later confirmed two cases of COVID-19 at the work site.

According to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola the cases involve non-resident workers diagnosed "on inbound screening" who did not become infected at the work site. The two cases are said not to be linked.

Kandola said contact tracing is underway and there is no public exposure risk to announce.

Masks are not currently mandatory in the community but are recommended.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Norman Wells Mayor Frank Pope said: "I would like to remind everyone to not let your guards down."

"We have been successful in beating this pandemic so far. We are all in this together."

The N.W.T. currently has nine cases of COVID-19. Six are in Yellowknife and one is in Inuvik. 

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