Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn confirmed on April 23 that he tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement sent by the legislative assembly, Norn said that given his public role he chose to identify himself as the positive case announced on April 21.
A relative was the second case announced on April 22, who is now self-isolating.
Yellowknife Catholic Schools said in a tweet that the case was identified at École St. Patrick High School, and that the school would remain open. It was not clear whether it was a student or a staff member who was infected.
“I travelled by car to Alberta in response to a family emergency,” Norn said. “I left the NWT on Thursday April 1, 2021 and returned on Sunday April 4, 2021, crossing the border in the late afternoon/early evening.
I filed a self-isolation plan on April 1, 2021 as required, identifying that I would isolate at home.”
Following the positive signal of COVID-19 identified in wastewater test results on April 19, and the request from the chief public health officer that anyone self-isolating from April 14-17 get tested, Norn said he went and had a COVID-19 test on April 20.
He had no symptoms, he added.
“The next day, on Wednesday April 21, 2021, I was notified by public health that I had tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately returned to self-isolation,” he said.
The latest cases bring to 83 the total number of COVID-19 cases in the NWT, with four currently active.