Three COVID-19 outbreaks in Yellowknife locations, more exposure notices

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Localized COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at the Yellowknife Montessori School, the Yellowknife Women's Centre, and at the City Cab taxi firm.

Meanwhile, 12 more exposure notifications were issued, all of them in Yellowknife. A full update on the pandemic in the Northwest Territories is expected later on Tuesday evening.

Announcements of localized outbreaks, where one or more people have COVID-19 at a particular workplace or institution, have become more common in the territory this month.

There are two confirmed cases at the Yellowknife Montessori School’s Casa and pre-school location at 5212 52 Street. Exposure notifications for that facility are as follows:

There are two confirmed cases at the Yellowknife Women’s Centre. The centre's exposure notification affects daytime hours from Thursday, October 7 to Monday, October 11.

City Cab carries exposure warnings for its building on these dates:

In all three instances, public health officials were said to be following up with all known contacts. If you think you should have been contacted but have heard nothing, isolate immediately, arrange for testing, and contact Yellowknife Public Health at (867) 767-9120.

The N.W.T's chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, said in an update the territorial government will not close licensed childcare centres if “there is an ability to contain the outbreak on site through effective contact tracing.”

Since the beginning of August, there have been more than 200 confirmed cases in N.W.T. children under the age of 12 – who are not yet eligible for a vaccine.

All other exposure notifications published on Tuesday carried have the same advice no matter your vaccination status: monitor for symptoms and, if they occur, isolate and arrange for testing.

The following locations have exposure notices:

All public exposure notices issued by the territorial government can be found on its website.

Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cabin Radio

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