N.W.T. announces 1 death and a significant decrease in number of active COVID-19 cases over weekend

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N.W.T. health officials are reporting a substantial decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases across the territory over Thanksgiving weekend. The case count stands at 355 Tuesday, compared to 456 on Friday. (NIAID-RML/CP - image credit)
N.W.T. health officials are reporting a substantial decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases across the territory over Thanksgiving weekend. The case count stands at 355 Tuesday, compared to 456 on Friday. (NIAID-RML/CP - image credit)

One new COVID-19 related death is being reported over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Northwest Territories, while the number of active cases is reported to have dropped significantly.

It is the seventh COVID-19 related death in the territory since the start of the pandemic, according to the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO).

It is also reporting Tuesday 335 active cases across the territory compared to 456 last Friday. That's a 26.5 per cent decrease in the number of cases.

The communities in which more than 90 per cent of the territory's cases are in, also experienced dramatic declines in case numbers.

In the Yellowknife area, including Dettah and Ndilǫ, the OCPHO is reporting 211 active cases, a drop of 70 since Friday.

The OCPHO also declared two outbreaks and issued a dozen public exposure notices in Yellowknife on Tuesday. Over the weekend, the OCPHO declared an outbreak at the N.W.T. Legislature and issued 15 public exposure notices, 10 for locations in Yellowknife, two for Canadian North flights, two for Hay River and one for Fort Providence.

In Behchokǫ, the case count Tuesday was 105, down from 152 on Friday.

Other N.W.T. communities in which cases were reported include Hay River with eight, Fort Smith with six, Whatì with two and one each in Norman Wells, Wekweètì and Łutsel Kʼe.

There is no longer an active case being reported in Fort Good Hope or Inuvik.

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