First COVID-19 death reported in N.W.T. since Omicron outbreak began
Latest numbers also include 5 hospitalizations since Jan. 14
The territorial government is reporting a 13th death in the N.W.T., the first since the Omicron outbreak began.
"My condolences to the family & community of the deceased," Health Minister Julie Green wrote in a Tweet Monday.
The first update to the territorial numbers since the weekend also shows there have been five hospitalizations since Friday, while the number of active cases dropped from 1,356 on Friday to 1,266 Monday, a drop of 90.
Weekend <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NWT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NWT</a> update on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> is here <a href="https://t.co/iqeocFX5m1">https://t.co/iqeocFX5m1</a> We've had 5 additional hospitalizations & 1 additional death. My condolences to the family & community of the deceased. The sliver of good news is that our total cases have fallen to 1266 active cases <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19NT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19NT</a>—@juliegreenMLA
Public health officials have emphasised that case counts may not reflect the actual number of cases, in part because some people with COVID-19 may not have been tested, or may not have reported results from home testing kits.
The Omicon variant also appears to lead to fewer severe outcomes, especially for those who are vaccinated, but experts warn not to view the variant as "mild."