2nd Death, 62 New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Northwestern Territories Since Friday

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The Northwestern Territories office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) has reported the region’s second death because of COVID-19.

In a Monday night news release, the OCPHO did not offer any details regarding the death but Premier Caroline Cochrane posted a tweet extending her condolences to family and friends.

Overall case count declines

The OCPHO additionally reported 62 new COVID-19 cases across the region since Friday.

However, the total number of active cases is now 227, down from 248 on Friday. The OCPHO doesn’t report the overall daily recoveries.

The majority of active cases continue to be in Yellowknife, N’Dilo and Dettah, with 132, followed by 47 in Behchokǫ̀ and 31 in Whatì.

Behchokǫ̀ and Whatì remain under local containment orders. The daycare in Whatì had planned to resume on Monday but as per OCPHO, remained closed.

There are additionally 9 reported cases in Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation. Over the weekend, two public exposure notice were given for Hay River, one at the local Legion branch and the other at the Doghouse Sports Bar.

Other communities with active cases are Fort Good Hope with 3, and Délınę, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Łutselkʼe, Fort Resolution and Fort Liard with one each.

There are additionally 2 active cases at the N.W.T. Power Corporations’ Snare Hydro System worksite, and one at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine.

The OCPHO additionally reported that there have been 26 hospitalizations in the region because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 22 are related with the current outbreak, and 77% of those taken to hospital were not fully vaccinated.

It additionally said there have been 9 persons with COVID-19 admitted to the ICU.

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