A Covid-19 outbreak has been declared at Inuvik Regional Hospital’s long term care unit as of Jan. 29 and Charlotte Vehus Home as of Jan. 31.

An update to the GNWT’s exposure notification page was posted Jan. 31 shortly after 6 p.m.

“People who attended since January 29 should self monitor for symptoms, immediately isolate if symptoms develop,” reads the notice. “Do the self assessment tool, arrange for testing at the testing site if applicable or use an at home test if available. If you test positive with an at home test kit, please notify Protect NWT immediately.”

An outbreak has been declared at Mangilaluk school as of Jan. 28.

The GNWT’s Public Exposure notification board updated with the outbreak shortly after 5:30 p.m. today.

Several classes had been exposed on Jan. 25, but the school was unable to forward emails from the Health Centre to parents right away because a blizzard the same day knocked out the school’s internet access.

Official numbers were updated to the Covid-19 Dashboard. As of Jan. 31, there are 140 active cases in Inuvik, 12 in Aklavik, 18 in Tuktoyaktuk, six in Fort McPherson. There are currently zero cases in Sachs Harbour and Tsiigehtchic.

Inuvik’s Mad Trapper pub has been listed as an exposure site for Covid-19, on Jan. 21-22 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

An update to the GNWT’s exposure listings was posted shortly after 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Also included in the update is a notice the Jason Jacobson Youth Centre in Tuktoyaktuk was exposed to Covid-19 on Jan. 19 and 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“All fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated should self-monitor for symptoms,” reads the exposure notice. “If any develops symptoms they should isolate immediately and seek testing if available.

“All non-fully vaccinated persons should seek a test on Day Four (4) if available whether symptomatic or not.”

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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