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68 new COVID-19 cases reported in N.W.T. since Christmas Eve, outbreak declared at pub

There have been 68 new cases of COVID-19 in the N.W.T. since the last update on Christmas Eve day, according to the territory's public health office.

More N.W.T. flights added to exposure notice list

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19, cultured in a lab. The number of cases in the N.W.T. went up by 68 since Christmas Eve day, according to public health officials. (NIAID-RML/CP)

There have been 68 new cases of COVID-19 in the N.W.T. since the last update on Christmas Eve, according to the territory's public health office.

In an update Wednesday afternoon, the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) said there have been no new deaths or hospitalizations since Dec. 24. 

Most of the cases are concentrated in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ, where there are 72 active cases. There are also eight cases in Fort Smith, three in the Tłı̨chǫ region, and two in both the Sahtu and the Beaufort Delta regions. 

The update does not indicate whether any of the new cases are the Omicron variant, but Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, said last week there's reason to believe there are multiple cases of the variant in the territory already. 

Outbreak declared at Yellowknife pub; flights added to exposure list

The territory also issued a handful of new exposure notices Wednesday and declared a workplace outbreak at The Raven Pub in Yellowknife.

The outbreak is linked to an exposure notice at the bar on Dec. 23 from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Public health said it's following up with all contacts, but anyone who thinks they might be a contact should isolate and arrange for testing.

Exposure notices have also been listed for the men's shelter run by the Salvation Army, Anytime Fitness in Yellowknife and several other locations, listed here, as well as on more flights.

Those flights include:

  • Canadian North flight 244 from Edmonton to Yellowknife on Dec. 28, where travellers in rows 7 to 15 may be affected.
  • Canadian North flight 245 from Inuvik to Norman Wells on Dec. 28, where travellers in rows 10 to 17 may be affected.
  • Canadian North flight 244 on Christmas Eve from Inuvik to Norman Wells, where travellers in rows 10 to 13 may be affected.

Any unvaccinated passengers in those rows must self-isolate and arrange for testing. Any fully vaccinated passengers must monitor for symptoms for 10 days and arrange for testing on day four, or if symptoms develop.

Since Dec. 13, the territory has issued more than a dozen exposure notices for flights in and out of the territory.

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