Out of four known active cases of Covid-19 in the Beaufort Delta, at least one is in Tuktoyaktuk.

Hamlet officials posted the news to their Facebook page late Dec. 31.

“Mayor and Council would like to inform our residents that COVID-19 is in Tuktoyaktuk once again,” reads the notice. “At this time we are asking residents to be cautious, stay within your household bubbles, wear masks in all public spaces and follow all social distancing rules. Let’s work together to protect our community from another outbreak of COVID-19.”

An update was posted to the GNWT’s Covid-19 dashboard Dec. 31. The exact locations of the other cases has not been published as of yet.

The cases follow reports that a direct flight from Edmonton to Inuvik has been declared an exposure site.

Anyone who was in rows 15 to 24 on Canadian North Flight 5T 244, which departed from Edmonton to Inuvik on Dec. 27 at 7:45 a.m., must take appropriate Covid-19 precautions, as required by a Public Health Order.

People in rows 15 to 24 who are not fully vaccinated are required to isolate in place for eight days and test for Covid-19 on day 8 before breaking isolation. Anyone who is fully vaccinated is required to self-monitor for 10 days and get tested on day 4 and/or if symptoms occur.

More flights were added in a public exposure update at 4:48 p.m. Dec. 29.

Anyone who was on Canadian North Flight 245 that departed from Inuvik to Norman Wells on Dec. 28 who was in rows 10 to 17 must take legally required safety precautions.

Elsewhere in the NWT, Fort Smith has eight active cases, the Sahtu region has two, Tłı̨chǫ has 10, Hay River has one and there are 132 cases in the Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ region.

Eric Bowling

Your source for all things happening in the Beaufort Delta. Eric jumped at the chance to write for the Inuvik Drum after cutting his teeth in Alberta. He enjoys long walks, loud music and strong coffee....

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