Questions of where exactly four active cases of Covid-19 which have been known for nearly a week were answered earlier this afternoon, with Inuvik once against host to two Covid-19 cases and two more cases in Fort McPherson.

Updated numbers, accurate to Dec. 18 were posted to the GNWT’s Covid-19 dashboard Dec. 20. Tuktoyaktuk is still listed as having zero cases each.

The GNWT’s Covid-19 dashboard community tally does not list Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, Sachs Harbour, Paulatuk or Ulukhaktok.

Including 12 cases in the Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah region and one in Hay River, the unlisted case brings the total active cases in the NWT to 17.

When asked if the community affected would be released, Covid Communications manager Richard Makohoniuk said the community dashboard is only updated on Mondays and that updates on actives cases would be slowing down for the holidays.

“The community level data is updated and provided through the NWT COVID-19 Dashboard on Monday each week,” he said. “Every other weekday, with the exception of statutory holidays, the regional data will be uploaded onto the Dashboard. The number of updates, and the type of data provided, over the mandatory leave break, Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, is still being finalized and will be communicated when a decision has been made.

“Regular data updates will resume on Jan 4, 2022. If cases do occur over the mandatory leave the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) will work directly with local leadership to communicate any risks to the community. Where a risk to the public health is identified the OCPHO will continue to inform the public in a timely manner through the release of Public Health Advisories or other methods as needed.

“All northerners are required to wear masks in indoor public settings and follow the gathering limitations public health order. The Omicron variant has a shorter incubation period and so in addition to the public health order requirements the Chief Public Health Officer is recommending that anyone returning to the NWT from travel be very diligent in monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 72 hours after their return. During those three days households should keep their social circle small and avoid non-essential gatherings, especially large ones.”

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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