COVID-19 pandemic in the Northwest Territories

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Northwest Territories
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Border Checkpoint on the Dempster Highway
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Northwest Territories, Canada
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case Yellowknife
Arrival dateMarch 21, 2020
(1 year, 7 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)
DateNovember 12, 2021
Confirmed cases2001
Active cases125
Recovered1864
Deaths
12
Government website
NWT Government

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Northwest Territories is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).As of July 5,2021, there have been 128 confirmed cases in the Canadian territory of the Northwest Territories with 28 cases recovered. 11,789 tests have been conducted, with 11,758 negative results. [1]

On March 21, 2020, the Northwest Territories reported its first case of COVID-19; the individual had travelled to British Columbia and Alberta before returning home to Yellowknife. [2]

Timeline

2020

The Northwest Territories declared a state of emergency on March 18. [3] [4] On March 21, the territory reported its first case of COVID-19; the individual had travelled to British Columbia and Alberta before returning home to Yellowknife. [5]

By May 8, the Northwest Territories has banned all non-resident travellers into the Northwest Territories. [6] All residents travelling into the Northwest Territories are required to self-isolate in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, or Fort Smith for at least 14 days. [7]

On October 20, one resident from Inuvik was tested positive. [8] The next day, two residents in Yellowknife were tested positive for the virus. The total confirmed cases in the territory raised to eight. [9]

On October 24, it was reported that a Yellowknife resident working at the Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine tested positive for COVID-19. [10] The total confirmed cases in the territory raised to nine. [11]

The first vaccine, of Moderna type, was administered in Yellowknife on December 31, 2020. [12]

2021

Beginning on May 4, 2021, Northwest Territories expanded its vaccine eligibility to 12 years and up. [13]

On June 9, 2021, the government announced reopening depending on vaccination rates with restrictions removed in the fall. [14] [15] Mask requirements were lifted on June 28, 2021, for multiple cities. [16]

Chief Justice Louise Charbonneau said the judiciary could considered dismissing some charges due to 66 cases in a "massive" backlog of jury trials. [17]

A major outbreak occurred in mid to late August in the Sahtu Region after a hand games tournament in Fort Good Hope in early August. Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Rangers were sent to help these communities. [18] The territory had its first COVID-19 fatality from this outbreak. [19] The territory is experiencing ongoing surge of cases.

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References

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